The transition from crib to bed can be made easier by choosing the right bed for your toddler. Additionally, if you use the same mattress and bedding that your child is used to from his crib, the transition to a toddler bed will be easier. Here are a few pointers:
- Make sure the bed is sturdy and not in danger of collapsing. Periodically, check the joints, especially if your child jumps on his bed or if you're using a metal-framed bed, in which screws are more likely to jostle loose.
- Choose a toddler bed that is low to the ground. It's easier for your toddler to get into, and, should she fall out, the distance to the floor is not great and chances of injury are slim. Place a rug or other padding along the side and open end of the bed for added protection in cushioning falls. Some parents choose to place a futon or mattress directly on the floor at this stage rather than using a toddler bed.
- Choose a bed to which guardrails can be easily attached.
- Choose a simple design. The best bed frames have simple, nonornamental, head- and footboards without cutouts or protrusions
- Place the bed safely in the room. Be sure to place your toddler's bed safely away from windows, heating units, wall lamps, and drapery and blind cords. To avoid the risk that your toddler could become trapped between the size of the bed and the wall, place the bed with the headboard, rather than the side, along the wall.
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