Once you have decided it’s time to make the transition from a crib to toddler bed, you’ll need to select the right tools for sleep and design the room for safety.
First and foremost, choose the right
The most common size mattress for
children is a twin which typically measures 38’’ x 75’’. Anything larger may be
daunting or dangerous to your toddler. In fact, there are smaller mattresses on
the market that measure 30’’ x 75’’ if you think even a twin will be too big.
But keep in mind children won’t outgrow their twin size mattress until their
teen years so this size could be a smarter investment.
Next, consider the type of mattress you’ll get. Dust mites, a common pest found in mattresses, can trigger allergies, so if your child has allergies, consider an organic mattress that is naturally resistant if microbes. Even if your child doesn’t have allergies, an organic latex mattress may be the safest option. However, budget will also play a role in the mattress you select.
A water-resistant mattress protector
A mattress cover, protector, encasement, whatever you want to call it, is a product definitely worth investing in! You will thank yourself for buying one the first night your child wets the bed. Not only do mattress protectors such as the SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector protect your mattress from spills and accidents, but they also help protects against bacteria and other microbes from getting into bed with your babe.
Bed rails such as the Regalo HideAway Double Sided Bed Rail Guard System are a great tool to use when first training your child to sleep in their new big kid bed. Not only will they give you peace of mind when you leave your toddler alone that first night, but they will also help your child feel more safe. After all, they are accustomed to being surrounded by the rails of their crib. Especially in the early months of the transition, use bed rails for the comfort and safety of you and your child.
Because your child is most likely potty training when they switch to their big kid bed, they are probably going to get out of bed during the night to go to the bathroom. Not to mention, it may take a while for them to stay put in their new bed as they get used to it. To promote safety, you should add nightlights such as the VAVA Night Light for Kids throughout the room, nearby hall and bathroom so their path is lit if they get out of bed.