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Don’t Let a Big Kid Bed Invade Your Family With Dread

children-doctor-sliderWhen your home is blessed with the arrival of a newborn baby, the entire household dynamic changes. Regardless of whether you’re rookie first time parents or seasoned pros bringing home child number four, little ones demand a significant amount of attention – physically, emotionally, and environmentally.

Since infants are immobile, you are off the hook in regards to various safety home improvements. However, once those little bundles of joy start reaching, crawling, and walking, there are a number of things that must be considered. One of your many jobs as a parent is to provide the safest conditions possible for your kids, without forcing them to live inside a protective bubble their entire childhood.

Once toddlers reach a certain age, there are considerably less household safety issues to worry about on a daily basis. On the flip side, there is a rather momentous occasion that every parent and child eventually has to deal with – the infamous move from the crib to a big kid bed.

The timing of this sleeping arrangement change is a major factor in determining how smoothly the transition will be. This is also an event that requires parents to provide safety in both the physical aspect and the mental aspect. Don’t worry too much, but realize the sensitivity of this growing up event. A traumatic experience can lead to permanent sleep problems and even psychological disorder.

Positive Parenting Pause….

Remember, being a parent is the most difficult, yet rewarding job on the planet. It is perfectly normal to feel stressed or uncertain. What’s important is that you do what’s right for your family. Don’t let friends, family, and articles circulating on the Internet make you feel like you’re doing it wrong. Nobody knows your child better than you, which automatically makes you the most qualified to determine the best parenting strategy and tactics.

As a general rule of thumb, the helpful hints provided below can offer some assistance during the switch from crib to bed:

  • Slow and steady wins the race. Just as with potty training and any other big changes pertaining to your kids, do not rush the process. If you try to force your child to move into a big kid bed prematurely, failure is inevitable. Be patient and allow the transition to take place at a steady pace.
  • Family fusion starts with inclusion. Communication is key in any relationship but when it comes to momentous occasions pertaining to your child, it is imperative that you make them feel included. Topic related conversations should be openly discussed. To a realistic extent, allow your little one to pick out their new bed and bedding.
  • Family teams need daily routines. Children respond well to schedules and routines, even if they try to fight it at times. Bedtime habits are especially critical for your child’s health in general, and in regards to the sleeping location change. Establish an evening routine with the help of your child and stick to it.

There is no reason why parents should dread the crib to bed switch. Keep in mind that your child will observe your feelings and attitude toward the sleeping situation, so the more anxious you are the more difficult it will be.

Written by: Kaity Nakagoshi, Online Community Director, Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay

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About the Author

Kaity is a native Floridian, a social media queen, and a teeny bopper at heart. She graduated from the University of South Florida with two Bachelor’s degrees, and wants to pursue a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Neon colors, candy, Gossip Girl, and golf are a few of Kaity’s favorite things.

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