Is there a more suitable stage to change the crib for the bed? This going from crib to bed is something that is sometimes improvised, each family does it when it feels like it or when it feels compelled to do so. There are little ones who are deprived of their crib and go to the older bed barely after the year and others who remain in it until they can hardly stir.
The possible arrival of a little brother accelerates that the oldest (no matter how small) has to get used to a bed for giants, I remember that exactly that happened to me, I did not want to buy another crib, so my oldest son went to bed when he was a year and a half and the poor man always ended up sleeping curled up wide, with his little body glued to the pillow. The poor man was lost in that big mattress! An acquaintance of mine, on the other hand, keeps her 4-year-old son in the crib because there is no room in the room for a large bed.
Despite these motivations that accelerate or delay the decision, if there is an appropriate time to change our child, it occurs when due to their development, the child begins to be called to have greater independence. I think that after two years is a good time, since the child at this stage acquires greater mobility and does not hesitate to jump bars to get rid of possible impediments. On the other hand, from this age, it is when the child begins to control sphincters so he will need to be able to get out of bed comfortably to start going to the bathroom alone and also from two to three years is when it can arise in they the restlessness to sleep in a bed like their older brothers.
The crib for many children is a place associated with comfort and safety, the crib is the den where it is warm, tight as in mother's belly, for these little ones who find it more difficult to take the step, it is convenient that we explain the causes of change and encourage them, making them participate in the choice of the new bed, to disassemble the crib or to move their favorite doll or blanket to their new bed for adults. The new bed must be cozy for the child, and meet some requirements for their safety such as a side rail, simple and safe design, mattress and height appropriate for their age and not present sharp edges or edges.
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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