There is not a readiness checklist as to when to switch your child from her crib to a bed. In general, most children make the switch sometime between 18 to 36 months.
Safety is the main thing to consider when moving your child from a crib to a bed. Consider making the transition before your child is able to climb out of her crib on her own. Most children have the ability to get over the crib rail between 18 and 24 months of age and are 35 inches tall. If your child is comfortable in her crib and not a climber, it’s okay to let her sleep in her crib past the age of two.
A few crib-to-bed transition tips include:
- If possible, make the switch from crib to bed when there are no other major changes going on in your child’s life.
- Be patient. Some children adjust readily to this change, while others have a hard time.
- For some children, removing the crib from the room makes the transition easier as she doesn’t have to choose between sleeping in her crib or in the bed.
- For safety reasons, start out having your child sleep on just the bed mattress on the floor.
- Put up a guardrail to prevent your toddler from falling out of bed.
- It is common to have to lead your child back to her bed and tell her to stay in her bed several times in one evening.
- If your great sleeper all of a sudden takes a long time to fall asleep, gets out of bed many times, or wanders around the house, she’s probably not ready for her own bed. You may want to step back, bring back the crib and try the big bed again later.