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  • 8 Tips for Moving from the Crib to a New Big Kid Bed

    moving to big kid bedThe day your child graduates from the crib is a proud day for a parent – their baby is growing up! – but a tough day for some children. If you’ve worked hard to make the sleep space a comfortable and familiar spot, you might deal with some anxiety when you insist upon a change.

    Here are some tips for moving your child to a big kid’s bed.

    1. Assess the situation

    There isn’t a book or guide that will tell you if it’s the right time, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s time for your child to move to a big kid bed. Most children make the switch between two to four years old. Don’t switch too early or you’ll cause sleep troubles.

    2. Announce the decision

    Before you make the switch, talk about it for several days ahead of time. Give your child some time to anticipate the change and make peace with it in her mind. See if you can get her to look forward to the change. Children of this age should be given encouragement of their big kid status and be given a sense of pride so that they can succeed in their new sleep environment.

    3. Give your child some control

    Don’t surprise your child one day with a bed and a missing crib. You’ll likely be moving too fast. Shop together for a bed. Make a day out of going to the store and trying out the different types. Within reason, let your child make the final decision.

    4. Place the bed in the crib’s spot

    Maintain consistency however you can so you reduce the amount of change you expect your child to tolerate. Put the bed in the same spot so your child sees the same things when she wakes up at night.

    5. Keep the favorites

    If you use any blankets or lovies, or anything like that, make sure they all make the transition to the big kid bed with your child so she can count on their familiarity. Also, for parents using the Slumber Sleeper they can move up in size to a twin sleeper making the bedding environment a very easy transition. Further, this helps children avoid the in and out of the new bed syndrome as they continue to get the reassurance the Slumber Sleeper offered them in the crib, making the transition effortless.

    6. Invest in side rails

    For safety, pick up a side rail attachment for either side of the bed to prevent your child from rolling out. This will also help them feel secure because they have “walls” like before.

    7. Maintain that routine

    You’ve been working on a bedtime routine for a year now, so don’t stop. Keep everything just the way it was (except now you can hop in bed for bedtime stories which you’ll both enjoy).

    8. Be empathetic

    Change is hard, especially for a little mind that’s still racing to understand the world. Don’t dismiss complaints or belittle your child, but don’t break the crib back out either.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

  • Tips for Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Room

    Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own RoomThere comes a stage in almost every child’s life when they simply cannot stand to sleep in their own room by themselves. While at first you allow them to crawl into bed with you a few nights of the week, eventually you need to break this habit. Children need to learn that they can’t rely on you to comfort them every single night. Here are tips for getting your child to sleep in their own room:

    Compromise

    Early on, there will certainly be nights where you can allow your child to sleep in your room so they feel safe and comfortable. Since this routine can’t go on forever, making compromises with your child is a great way to begin the transition process.

    Tell your child that they can sleep with you for three or four days of the week at first, and then slowly make it less and less as they become accustomed to sleeping in their own bed.

    Stay Until Asleep

    One way to ensure your child feels comforted by your presence is to simply stay in their room with them until they can fall asleep on their own. Having you in the room will give them that added sense of safety, which will make it a lot easier to sleep in their own bed.

    As your child begins to transition to sleeping in their own room every night, you can wean them away by possibly reading them a bedtime story and then leaving while they’re still awake.

    Reward System

    When a child knows they have the possibility of earning some type of reward or gift, they suddenly become a lot more compliant and willing to try something new. By setting up some sort of reward system that benefits your child for sleeping in their own room through the night, this could make a huge difference.

    For example, tell them that they have a special treat or surprise waiting for them at the end of the week if they can manage to sleep in their own bed each night. After a couple weeks of this, they’ll be sleeping soundly without your help at all!

    Bedtime Routine

    Many times, your child can’t fall asleep by themselves due to the fact that they’re still too wound up and not tired enough. Creating a bedtime routine will not only get your child into a healthy habit before bed each night, but it will also prepare them physically and mentally to be ready for sleep. If you can get your kids to brush their teeth, take a bath, put on pajamas, etc. before they lie down for bed, they’ll be relaxed and tired enough to drift off to dreamland!

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

    Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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