There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to deciding to move a child from sleeping in a crib to sleeping in a regular bed. Generally children make the move from the baby crib to the bed between the ages of 1 and 3 years or when they are two big to stay sleeping in the crib. In other situations parents make the decision to move a child from a baby crib to a bed once the child has been toilet trained so they can easily get out of bed to use the toilet at night.
For parents who are looking to make the transition between the crib and the bed easier there are a few things that you can do before and after the child has moved to sleeping in their own bed. Some children find a change in their routine or situation difficult to cope with while others seem to take things in their stride so it is important to take your time with some children so that the move from the baby crib to the bed is not a negative experience.
If the child is to stay in the same room they have been sleeping in while in the crib once they have moved to the bed try to put the bed in the same place that the crib use to be. An addition to this is to continue to use the bed linen from the crib even if is doesn’t quite fit the new bed. You can gradually introduce the new bed linen as the child becomes more comfortable with the new sleeping arrangements.
When moving a child from a baby crib to a bed it may also be beneficial if the child is involved in choosing either the bed or the bed linen or both. There is plenty of themed bed linen on the market so it should be easy enough to get sheets or a doona cover that has their favourite character on it. Getting the child involved in the choice of things for their bed creates a bit of excitement which may make the transition from the crib to the bed a more positive experience.
One last thing to remember when moving a child from the relative safety of a baby crib to a regular bed is to make sure that there is appropriate safety equipment in place such as a guard rail to stop the child from rolling out of bed.