How to Transition a Toddler out of a Crib

Today I’m linking up with Katy from Designs by Katy to share my tips on how I transitioned my toddler out of her crib. This post is part of the #MomTalkTuesday Series which happens the fourth Tuesday of every month on a variety of topics relating to motherhood. Motherhood posts are pretty rare over here, but I’m excited to linkup with this group and connect with other moms who are facing similar challenges and also to share our experiences. This week is all about getting your babies/kids to sleep and I’m going to share how we transitioned from crib to toddler bed without any major issues.

We didn’t start the process of transitioning Stella out of her crib until after three. Luckily, she never tried to climb out so we didn’t have to stress about transitioning her out at a certain time. In fact, our pediatrician said not to rush it and wait until at least three. I’m pretty sure this mat via Amazon was the magic that made the switch seamless.

I bought this mat simply to use for myself so that if I had to sleep in one of their rooms when they were sick, etc, I wouldn’t have to sleep on the floor. As soon as I unwrapped it, my girls went nuts. It immediately went into the playroom and became a gym mat for them to ram jam on. Great, another mom fail I thought. Wait just a sec. I decided to put the mat in Stella’s room during nap time and see if she would lay down on it and go to sleep. Guess what, she did!

At first, it wasn’t easy. In fact, she would run out of her room constantly and ask me to come in there and play with her. After a few weeks of coaching, she realized that she could not leave her room. She realized that this was her time, in fact we call it “Stella time” not nap time. She can play and then when she is tired, she can lay on the mat and sleep. I’m not sure how much of it was her purposefully laying down to sleep or more passing out on the mat in the midst of playing. Who knows and who cares because it worked (fyi she was still sleeping in her crib at night).

We just recently converted her crib to the toddler bed and she has done great. The mat stays in the playroom and she does her “Stella time” in her room and lays down in her toddler bed if/when she’s tired. She’s closer to 3 1/2 now and honestly doesn’t nap much anymore. At night time, she never comes out of her room and is fine sleeping in her toddler bed. All in all, this mat helped tremendously with the transition and I love it. We also use it when our nieces are in town and one of the kids sleeps on that at night—it’s so useful.

Now if only I could get her to go right to bed at night, now that would be magical. Please reach out with any questions or any comments that you have. You can shop the mat we used and it’s carrying case right below. Looking for more info on sleep training and sleep schedules? Follow along with the group and get their take on other sleep related topics!

Maggie from Polished Closets
Aubrey from The Dandy Liar
Marquis from Simply Clarke
Katy from Designs by Katy

Photography by Ariana Clare

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