Parents will freak out about a lot of things, but transitioning from a crib to their own bed doesn't have to be one of them. Most kids make the jump at 1.5 to 3.5 years old, but they will make the transition much easier "when they are ready." So how do you know when they're ready? Size is a great indicator, as well as whether or not they can (and will) climb out of the crib. If they are talking about a 'big kid' bed, they're ready. And night time potty training isn't going to work in a crib either.
The next question is what size bed? Again, it depends on the child. Some will move right into a twin bed, some will prefer a smaller "toddler" bed. There are lots of choices in bed styles. There are themes like princess, boat or racecar beds, or simply small versions of larger beds. Convertible cribs/beds can be pricey up front, but the value is in years of use. Gro Furniture has a great model that starts as a crib, transforms easily into a toddler day bed, and finally a nice work desk, all without tools or complicated instructions.
Allowing your child to help pick out the bed and the linens will help give them some ownership, and help with the transition process. Safety is still an issue of course. If your child chooses to go with a regular twin bed, rails on BOTH sides of the bed are important, even if it's against the wall. Without that wall rail, they could wedge themselves between the wall and the bed whilst squirming in their sleep. It's also important to take down the crib once the new bed is in place, to eliminate any confusion.
Patience is key. Your child WILL wake up and get up in the middle of the night. They may just play in their room, but more than likely they're going to wander to your bed. Helping them back to their own bed each time will be challenging, but eventually, they'll understand and the transition to their own bed will be complete.
Episode 833 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Today on DadLabs, Clay reviews the 2013 Mazda 5.
Another of life's Ta-Da Moments from DadLabs.
One of life's Ta-Da Moments! At DadLabs, we sometimes have to travel away from our little ones. And after a long time away, it's nice to come back home to something like this.
THE DAD 2.0 SUMMIT is the annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of men online and of modern fatherhood. Come join us January 31-February 2, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Houston.
Along with the social media experts from around the country, top brands will be there as well, sharing their best practices for online marketing and building new business relationships with bloggers and social media experts.
For more information or to register, please visit www.dad2summit.com.
Potty training your kid is one of the biggest parenting challenges parents will face. In this episode of The Lab, Daddy Clay and Daddy Brad offer advice to other dads and moms on how to potty train children. They run through potty equipment, including some from Baby Bjorn and the Peter Potty, that will make it easier for kids to transition to the big potty. Clean up advice for poop and pee is also shared.
Journey to comfort. Dove Men+Care and Dad 2.0 sent Daddy Brad along with several members of the DadBlogosphere to the MetLife stadium to talk with Doug Flutie about what makes him comfortable in his own skin, particularly as a father.
Episode 899 is brought to you by Dove Men+Care.
From a night light to a stylish new crib from BabyBjorn, Daddy Clay brings you his favorite products from the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.
Episode 898 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Hax Attacks Review. October is Cyber Security Month. And at DadLabs, we are all about teaching good safety and security practices for your mobile devices, tablets, and home wifi network. But how do you explain kids to the basics of cyber security with THEIR online information? The folks at Cyber Griffin have developed a great game call Hax Attacks. That's right, we said GAME. When your children's eyes start to glaze over as you lecture them about online security, you can share Hax Attacks with them, and they probably won't even notice that they're learning. This interactive app is full of fun levels of moving your data around trying to prevent hackers from getting it. Kids respond to well to the games and retain the tips and information on how to keep their data safe that are shared throughout game play. Check it out! And join us in the forums on DadLabs.com to tell us how you are teaching your family online safety habits. Episode 897 is brought to you by Cyber Griffin.
Today on DadLabs we learn the Art of Bragging About Your Kids. What kind of bragger are you? The Humble Bragger, The Concerned Bragger, The Stand-up Bragger, or The Bold Face Brag. Let us know which one you are.
Today on DadLabs we talk with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and host Gerry G. Garvin about eating healthy on the road and at home.