How do you manage the transition from a crib to a toddler bed?


Hello. I have an almost 3 yr old who we just moved into a big boy bed. Currently staying in the bed with him until he falls asleep. However don’t want to continue to do this every night. Any suggestions on how to transition out of this into him falling asleep by himself without the screaming.

Congratulations on waiting until age 3 to move your son to the big boy bed!  We always recommend waiting until age three or later, because this is a tough transition. Start with small steps — say “daddy will be right back,” step out of the room for a second and come back and stay with him until he falls asleep. The next night do the same thing. The next night step out a little longer, but don’t stay out so long that he worries. You want to make it so that it’s no big deal that you leave, because you come back. You also want to build trust with him that you will come back when you say you will. This will take time, so be patient. Once he’s ok with you leaving for 5-10 minutes tell him you’ll come back to check on him and do that, but don’t stay until he’s asleep. Good luck!!

 

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