Today’s post about Transition from Co-Sleeping to a Toddler Bed was inspired by ColgateKids. I received a mattress from ColgateKids to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
My little guy has been a co-sleeper since day one. I was a paranoid mama that wanted to be able to hear his every sound (and boy were there a lot of them) and I wanted that bond that only comes from your baby being able to reach out and hold your hand any time they need you. Yes, I was sappy and overly attached, but now the end of that time has come.
He’s three and a half now, and I have been kicked out of the bed. You see, when I was pregnant with our second baby I had a lot of trouble sleeping so I (more often than not) dozed off on the couch while watching TV. When she was born, I kept the bassinet in the living room with me, so her crying wouldn’t wake the little man up. Fast forward a year and a half, and I’m still stuck on the couch while he and the fiance take up the bed. It’s amazing how much room a little guy can squander when he’s asleep – we have a queen size bed but there’s no room for my 5’2″ frame to squeeze into the corner.
That’s why I decided that it was time to begin transitioning him to his toddler bed (which we’ve had for almost a year now, unused.) So far, it’s been going pretty smoothly so I thought I would share with you how I did it.
If you’re ready to make the switch from co-sleeping to their own bed, let your little one know. Changes in routine are most difficult between 2-5 because toddlers are creatures of habit. Talk to them often about it, starting a few days before making the transition, that way they have time to process their feelings and know what to expect when their bedtime routine starts changing.
Get Them Excited
Praise and encouragement will go a long way when trying to get your toddler to sleep in his own bed. Let them know how proud you are that they’re a “big boy/girl” and talk about what this means for them. No more hearing Daddy snore all night, no more stinky Mommy breath in the morning, being right next to the bathroom in case they need to potty… Get creative and let them know all the positives!
Another way to get them excited about switching to their own bed is to let them make it their own. My little guy loves Spider Man, so we let him pick out his own bedding. Give them a voice in the process, because it will help encourage their independence.
Don’t Forget the Lovey
If your toddler has a special blankie or stuffed animal, make sure that they have it when it’s time for bed. A comfort object will help them feel safer in their new surroundings, and can calm them down if they wake up in the middle of the night, forgetting where they are.
Keep the Routine
If you already have an established bedtime routine, stick to it! Routine is comforting, and will help keep things calm. Just be sure that when it’s time for the actual sleep part, you put your little one into their new bed.
Have Some Patience
Those first few nights will probably be rough. Your child will probably wake up throughout the night, wondering where you are. Plan on helping them settle back down several times for the first couple of nights, but resist the urge to lay down with them. That will only continue to encourage co-sleeping, the habit you’re trying to get out of.
I think what made our transition even easier was having a great crib/toddler bed mattress. Going from Mama’s soft cushy mattress to a hard spring mattress would have probably brought on a fight.
ColgateKids has a wonderful foam crib mattress, the Classica I, and I’m almost jealous of how comfortable it is. (Yeah, I had to try it out too!)
It’s a high-quality foam mattress, designed for both infants and toddlers, and features extra-firm support that is recommended by most medical experts.
At less than 8 pounds, it was easy for me to carry in and put on my little guy’s bed, and changing sheets is easy too. With squared corners, the mattress fits really snug into his toddler bed, and I don’t have to worry about it sliding around while he’s rolling in the middle of the night. The cover is triple-layered, reinforced, waterproof, tear-resistant and non-allergenic – what more could you ask for?
I love the pretty print on the mattress itself, and the cover is really easy to clean. Just a damp cloth does the trick! When I’m shopping for a toddler mattress, that “waterproof” label is a serious selling point, and I can honestly say I was impressed with this one.
I threw on his Spider Man sheets, and he couldn’t wait to try out his big boy bed!
He slept great, and told me he loves his new bed – So I’m sold. If he likes it, it must be a great toddler mattress.