Kids grow up fast, and before parents know it, their tiny bundles of joy are toddlers getting into whatever mischief they can. As children grow, they reach many milestones. One of these major developmental rites of passage is the transition from a crib to a “big kid bed.” Often, parents choose to purchase a twin mattress for their children’s first big bed. If you are unsure about when to move your child to their first twin mattress, keep reading. In this week’s blog, we discuss some top tips for the transition from crib to bed.
Why a Twin Mattress?
The twin mattress is possibly the most common mattress size for children and young adults. This is because its dimensions, 38 inches wide by 75 inches tall, will often accommodate a child from toddlerhood into adulthood. Your child might seem minuscule compared to their twin bed at first, but as they grow, they will make full use of their big kid bed. While some young adults eventually prefer queen- or king-sized beds, many parents avoid these larger sizes for their young children. These larger mattresses can completely fill a young child’s room, and the vast expanse of an empty bed can be uncomfortable for some children.
When to Make the Switch
Deciding when to switch your child to their first big kid bed is a highly personal decision that is unique to each child. For some parents, the choice seems to make itself. Toddlers can eventually figure out how to climb out of their cribs, which is a significant safety issue. In these cases, some parents decide to switch to a twin mattress immediately. For other children, the transition comes when a new younger sibling comes along to occupy the crib.
Easing the Transition to a Twin Mattress
Regardless of the timing, most parents and childcare professionals agree that you should switch to a twin mattress when your child is ready, not necessarily when it is convenient. Parents can ease the transition by getting their children excited about “getting” to sleep in a big kid bed, purchasing fun sheets for the new bed, and letting the children try out their new bed in the mattress store. Some parents even choose to throw a small party to celebrate a child’s transition from a baby’s crib to a big kid’s bed. However you decide to upgrade your toddler to a twin mattress, the experts at your local Sleepwell retailer can help you choose the perfect new bed for your child.
Sleepwell Is the Key to A Good Night’s Rest
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