Transitioning to Big Kid Beds

Scroll down to see our twin dad Oz (@twofer on Instagram) dismantling cribs and assembling beds in 45 seconds. 

 

There are many things that signify entry into the “Big Kid” club. After potty training, I can think of none as important as transitioning out of a crib and into a “Big Kid” bed. I wish it was as easy as tearing down the cribs, setting the new beds up, and moving on. As you know, nothing with toddlers is ever that simple. There are lot of things that you have to consider before making the move.

These handy tips will hopefully make the transition go much smoother.

 

 

The first thing to do is decide if they are ready.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is implementing the switch into big kid beds too soon. The crib is all they’ve known for 2 or 3 years. They are comfortable. They are safe. Now you’re taking that away. How do you know when they’re ready? Believe it or not, they’ll sometimes tell you! Look at magazines, or advertisements showing beds. If they seem excited about a possible change, go ahead and make the move. If not, it’s o.k. to wait awhile.

 


Include them in the process

Do they want Paw Patrol sheets or is Lion King more their style? Being able to help in picking out their own sheets, pillows, and accessories can help them feel more in control of the situation!

Don’t change A thing!

Toddlers and change don’t mix. The process itself is overwhelming.  Don’t add to it by breaking their normal routine.  Try and keep everything the same as it was before the new beds were introduced.  Teeth brushing, story-time, and good-nights should all remain the same, as to provide a level of normalcy to their lives during the change. Although the bed may be new, try to keep it in the same spot the crib was, as well. Make sure you keep Loveys, stuffed animals, and security blankets close at hand!

 

Choose the right bed

Make sure you choose the best bed for your toddlers.  The racing car may look cool, but will it really stand the test of time?  We went with toddler beds that utilized their crib mattresses.  Now a year later we are looking to upgrade to a twin.  Maybe skipping that middle step is something we should have considered.  You make the call. Bunk beds should not be considered until your twins are at least 6.

 

 

Make sure they’re safe.

Invest in side rails for their new bed.  If you don’t have nightlights in their room, now is a great time to add the addition. (There are some great LED ones out there that don’t get hot!).  If your twins’ new beds are against the wall, still consider putting side rails on that side as well.  Little bodies could easily get caught between the bed and the wall.

 

 

Additional Hints:

a.Worried about rolling out of bed?  Use a pool noodle under the sheet on the edge of the bed to help keep your little roller in bed.

b.Projection nightlights put stars, moons, or even character images on the ceiling for your twins to look at while falling asleep. Most have automatic shut-offs. These help make a dark room a little less scary.

c.We purchased a wakeup clock that has a red, yellow, and green light on it. (Think stoplight). We taught them that “Red means stay in bed”  and green allows them to get up.  This has worked well for us.

 

Check out insightful article on transitioning your twins/multiples from cribs to beds, see link in my bio.

A post shared by Oz & his twins 🎏 (@twofer) on

 

 

Any questions about making the move to Big Kid beds?  Ask us! We’d love to help.

(Uness you need help putting them together…then we’ll call Oz.)

 

Kevin Zelenka

Kevin Zelenka

Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of twin toddlers. He admits that it’s the hardest and most rewarding position he’s ever held. He, his very patient wife, and his rambunctious boys live in Henderson, Nevada. When he’s not telling his sons not to ride the dog or trying to figure out how toast ended up under the couch, he can be found on his blog, http:doubletroubledaddy.com
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Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of twin toddlers. He admits that it’s the hardest and most rewarding position he’s ever held. He, his very patient wife, and his rambunctious boys live in Henderson, Nevada. When he’s not telling his sons not to ride the dog or trying to figure out how toast ended up under the couch, he can be found on his blog, http:doubletroubledaddy.com

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