How Do You Know It’s Time to Switch to a Bed from a Crib?

Is there a specific age at which a child should move from the crib to a bed? The good news is that there isn’t a specific age, so don’t worry about meeting a deadline. Then again, you don’t want to wait until your child’s arms and legs are sticking out through the bars of the crib.

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The transition from crib to bed can be scary or exciting for a child.

So how do you decide when it’s time? It’s a matter of balancing the emotional needs and safety needs of your child.

Emotional Considerations
Maybe you have an independent child who requests the move to a bed before you even broach the topic, making the transition an easy one for everyone involved. But for those kids who are more attached to their cribs, the move could be emotionally difficult, particularly if it’s to make room for a soon-to-come younger sibling.

If your child is not yet emotionally ready, and there’s no safety concern or baby on the way, it’s fine to delay the move. Otherwise, you can ease the process by giving your child at least a month to mentally prepare and making it fun by allowing them to pick out fun bedding. Experts also say it will help to dismantle the crib or fill it with stuffed animals, so it’s no longer an option for your child to sleep in.

Safety Considerations
If you have any inkling that your child is the type to try to climb out of the crib, it’s time to make the move to a big-kid bed to avoid injury.

Not sure if your child is that adventurous? On average, toddlers are able to climb out of their cribs when they reach 35 inches in height, usually between the ages of 18 months and two years. However, they could attempt the climb earlier, so remember to stay vigilant.

To learn more about the other milestones in your child’s life, use the Vitals Doctor Finder to find a trusted pediatrician near you.