When we discover the pregnancy and all the preparation to receive the little baby begins, one of the first points to worry about is the decoration of the room and the baby’s crib. Beautiful cribs, decorated, rocking and of different colors can be found in the most diverse stores, however the crib is one of the items in the room that will have a short term of use since the baby will grow and it will be necessary to transition from the cradle to the bed.
This is a moment that many parents postpone, perhaps because they do not know the right moment or because they do not see any problem with the child continuing to sleep in the same baby crib. But one truth is, that at some point this will have to happen and it is usually indicated by the child’s own signs, when the space is too tight or because he discovers that he can get out and in often since the risk of serious falls is great. The transition from the cradle to the bed should be done smoothly, without causing trauma and without forcing the bar so that the child accepts at all costs.
Usually this transition from cradle to bed occurs with children over 2 years old who already have their wishes and when they like or dislike something. Talking about it with your child to prepare them for change can be the way and keep an eye on their reaction. Some are so excited about the idea of having a “grown-up” bed that they will relentlessly charge for the move and this is a great sign. If you do not prepare your child and are not sure that he / she is ready for the transition, you are at great risk of watching a crying show at bedtime and the child at all costs refusing to sleep in the new bed. So think carefully before acting on the excitement and come up with a new bed to replace the puppy’s cozy crib.
Tips for Successful Transition
Baby / child ready? Are you excited about the idea of sleeping in the bed of a good guy or girl? Now it’s time to get your hands dirty! You have a few options for making the transition from crib to bed in a healthy, fun and eagerly awaited way. The first step is to start talking to the child about how he is grown up and deserves to get a brand new bed ! After all, big boys and girls don’t sleep in cribs, do they? Children love to be placed as bigger, responsible and fill up like balloons when compared to that, so why not use this trick to prepare it? After seeing the excitement in your eyes it is time to go in search of the ideal and suitable bed for your little oneand it becomes a lot of fun when you can count on their help. If you take him to a furniture store that contains several options he will be able to point out what you like best and that will make your nights sleep happier. Another idea is to separate some options that fit inside your pocket and ask you to choose between them.
Another idea widely used by parents is also to change the cradle to bed in an event. Knowing your child’s tastes, you will plan every detail of this change and do it at a time when the little one is not at home, becoming a big surprise when you enter your new room. Choose fun accessories, balloons, colorful ribbons that will make the animation even bigger with the scene you will find. The transition will be made day after day and do not celebrate in the first week! If the child has a toy or a sleeping cloth, it is even better, since he can take this “safety” to the new bed. Do not forget to protect it from possible falls, even if it is a low bed they can fall while sleeping and seriously injure themselves. Protection rails, cushions or even a mat on the floor or a bunk that is open is enough. If the child falls out of bed and gets hurt, he may be traumatized and no longer want to sleep in the new bed.
Create a sleep routine and just let it lie in bed at bedtime! If you already had a routine with schedules and etc for bedtime, continue at the same pace. Do not force the bar, do not force the child to stay, let alone lock the door so that he does not leave the room. Patience will make all the difference in this transition! Showing the child how nice it is to stay in your bed and in your room is the difference. You can even stay with him until you fall asleep, until you get safe to sleep alone. This is another stage that all parents will live, so act with your heart always!
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.