Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

Toddler bed transition

Anonymous

My 1 and a half year old just got a toddler bed and today wondering what’s a good way to keep him in the bed and not go around and play

  • Rebecca
    Dec 06

    One of the most important things is make their room a sleep only zone. Toys and books and such shouldn’t be available to play with. Is his new bed on the floor or elevated? If it’s close to the ground, you can let him wander and he’ll eventually make his way back to bed when he’s tired. After a few nights of freedom and wandering, he’ll understand that all his stuff will be there in the morning. If you guys are in a routine right now too for bedtime, just stick with it. It’ll help to keep the signal strong that it’s bedtime, not playtime. Finally, if he wanders a lot and doesn’t settle, just try to be patient (which will be hard). If you have to work, maybe don’t start that transition to the toddler bed until you’ve got a couple days off? That way you can both sleep in if it takes a while for him to get the hang of it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    I can’t take his toys out of his room we have no room to put them anywhere else

  • Rebecca
    Dec 06

    Can you put them up high? Preferably in a way where he can’t try to reach them and get hurt? Either way, if his room is dark enough, they shouldn’t be too enticing.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    What about naps tho he’s already a nightmare trying to nap

  • Rebecca
    Dec 06

    Do you guys have a routine set up?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Yes. But he screams for 10 minutes before napping

  • Rebecca
    Dec 06

    Honestly, that’s pretty normal. If he’s falling asleep after those ten minutes, that’s fine.

  • Amira
    Dec 06

    I was told the opposite - you’re supposed to make them love their room and be a place they want to be in. So it is okay to have their toys and etc in there, just make sure everythings safe.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    We’re keeping the crib up and putting it against his toddler be so that 3 sides of the bed are covered and the headboard is at the end of the bed

  • Taralea
    Dec 06

    My son did this at that age, we would let him lay at the door till he fell asleep and then go put him in his bed. Took about 2 weeks and then he had it down that it was ok to lay in his bed and not cry and fall asleep at the door. Don't worry too much this your child will get used to the new routine!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    We set his bed up at 5 and he was BEGGING to go night night, he was so excited when we put him in bed he fell straight asleep