How to Help Your Kids Transition from Cot to Bed
Bedtime battles are the bane of every toddler mom’s existence. That’s why figuring out a routine that works is equally important for the wellbeing of both parent and child.
One big change your toddler will go through after you both get into a routine is the transition from her or his cot to a bed. This change can upset a very delicate balance, so it’s important to do it the right way, without causing your child or yourself anxiety.
How do you know your baby is ready for the shift? If she or he is climbing out of their cot by themselves, wakes up at night to use the bathroom or has a sibling on the way who will need the cot in a few months’ time, you’re ready to start the transition.
Here are a few tips from the IKEA gurus on how you can ease your toddler into this transition:
1. Quiet Time
It’s important to maintain a consistent routine, and quiet time before bed is a good first step.
Get your kid to put away their toys, give them a warm bath, read them a story and settle them into bed slowly.
Let your child understand that the bed is a place for rest and relaxation.
2. Positive Affirmations
Talk to your toddler. Tell her or him how proud you are of the change they’re making and keep using positive sentences and praise.
Keep reinforcing the idea that what they’re doing is worthy of praise – as it truly is – and watch them get into bed without a fight.
3. Blankets & Loveys
If your child had a blanket or stuffed toy she or he was attached to in the cot, allow them to carry the toy with them into the new bed.
This will help your little one feel more settled and secure in the new environment and give them a sense of familiarity as they’re falling asleep.
Don’t try to bring in too many new changes together – give your child the space to get there, one step at a time.
Encourage your child to climb into bed themselves. Let her or him arrange the blankets and pillows the way they like it, even if it means making a small fort in bed.
Knowing that you’re allowing them the independence to make these choices can make bedtime something your child looks forward to.
All of this will go a long way to help them adjust to the fact that they’re no longer in a “baby bed”. And the transition has begun!