Many people are concerned about moving their child from their crib to a toddler bed too soon or too late. There is a criteria, but it will be a little different for each child. You have to consider the child’s age, size, and his mental and emotional development to cope with such a big change.
Your child can move to a toddler bed if he is already starting to climb out of the crib. Climbing out of cribs is really dangerous.
If your child is three feet tall or taller you should probably move them out of the crib because they are just getting too large for most cribs. A child should be moved to a bed if he gets too big and active for a crib. A child should also be in a bed if he already started potty training so he can get up when he need to.
Between 18 months to 3 and a half years old, it’s safe to move kids to toddler beds. But many experts agree that it’s better if your child is almost three years old before putting him in a toddler bed. This is a big change for most children, they are giving up their familiar and comfortable crib. This can make it a very stressful situation for the child, if it seems to be causing undue stress for your little one you are certainly better off to hold off and wait a little longer before moving the child.
If your child climbs out of the crib but isn’t ready for a toddler bed, then you can do something else. Crib tents would be a good idea. This is a framework covered with a mesh like cloth that appears very similar to the popular dome tents. This mounts on the top of the rails of the crib and fully encloses it to keep the baby from climbing out of the crib and possibly injuring themselves.
Whenever you do decide to move the child try to get them excited about it and carefully monitor how they are reacting to the change. You can do plenty to make the move easier for him.