Does anyone have any advice or tips on peacefully transitioning from a family bed to a toddler bed?
My son will be 2 in a week, and with new baby coming in 4 months, I'm ready to move him into his own bed. We just don't have enough space for 4 people to share a full size bed (we really don't have enough space for 3 people, and I'm always the one who sacrifices comfort!). The new bed will be in our room, probably beside or at the foot of our bed.
I talked with him today about a big boy bed, and how cool it will be to have his own space all to himself. He said "Nooooooo!" then hugged the pillow on our bed and said "Ezra's bed!" I'm afraid this isn't going to be easy and I'd appreciate some words of wisdom!
You could get some bedding that really appeals to him and talk it up. If you are eventually transitioning him to a different room, you could also decorate that room in a way he likes and spend a lot of fun time in there. One thing I wish I had done when we transitioned our son to a floor bed in his room was to get a full size mattress and box spring for his room, not just a twin. We did a long, slow transition which started with lying with him in the bed at night until he fell asleep. It is challenging to lie down on a single with a toddler night after night, especially if one of you decides to sleep on it with him in the middle of the night.
I don't know if this works for your boy, but we set up "conditions" for him to get him to lie down in his bed (such as, if you lie down in your bed, we can ______ . . . this was usually read books, sing a song, snuggle, etc.). You can set up conditions like these and have it be cheerful. Also if he is into stuffed animals, he can sleep with them and you can say that his bed is so-and-so's bed, too. If there is someone he looks up to that has a "big boy bed" you could talk about that person, too. Even if it's a character from a cartoon. I really think it can be fun, rather than always hard, to make the transition.
Smart move talking up the big boy bed too!
I would take him shopping to pick out his own sheets and bed set. Usually they can't resist sleeping with their favorite characters!
If that doesn't work, I would get in the bed and rave about how comfy, cool, etc the bed is...(when my kids are really dragging their feet with doing a chore or something, I'll tell them I'm racing them. Bet they can't beat me, so on and so forth. It always works like a charm and they haven't caught on to my alterior motives yet )
You might have to lay with him in his bed until he falls asleep for awhile too.
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