Dr. Sears explains when to transition your toddler to a bed. Plus, how to get them used to sleeping in it.
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Transitioning Toddlers to Bed Another common question I get from parents is at what age should my toddler transition from the crib to the big boy bed? Here’s my answer. A toddler is usually ready to make the switch when they can climb over the rails and get out. That’s usually between ages two and three or when they reach about 35 inches in height. Take your child to help pick out their new big boy bed and their bedding. Kids are much more likely to sleep in the bed they choose. I like to suggest the toddler bed. Its low to the ground and it has built-in bed rails that are two inches above the mattress top. You can work on helping them to go to sleep without you there with the fade away strategy. Sit next to the bed and gradually move yourself away at increasing distances night after night. Begin moving a few feet from your child’s bed, then across the room then a little farther and finally out the door.