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Evolution and adaptation are two indispensible aspects of human growth and sometimes undergoing this is highly intimidating especially when you experience change for the first time.
Same is the case with babies when you, being a mother, want them to move from their crib to a bed. This change is eventual and inevitable although, adjusting to it is an issue for the baby.
The usual time where this process takes place is the between the age of 21/2 and 3 years. In the initial days, the baby needs to sleep with you and thereafter you make them sleep in a crib. But at the age of 3 years or even before the child growth may inhibit the need of a crib and therefore you should gradually shift them to the bed. You should make this transition as easy as possible for the child.
Since this is a major event in a child’s life, you should invite his involvement in the overall process. Take your baby along with you before buying an actual bed. You should let him choose which bed is up to his liking and if you get him the selected one then for sure it would be less troubling for your child to adjust.
You should try to maintain the same environment as well as routine as that on the crib. You should make sure that your child doesn’t sleeps on his new bed in the daytime as if it happens he would have a desire to shift on to the crib if he wakes up at night. This is a result of resistance to new situation. As your child never saw the environment of bed after waking from sleep, this could be a big change. You should, however, try to avoid this experience for your baby by trying to maintain the same schedule.
You should also snuggle with the baby as this would give him the same sense of reliability that he had earlier. If the bed is comparatively smaller to adjust the two of you, you should sit beside and give your baby some warm strokes so that he can sleep without any problem. You shouldn’t go out from the room until your baby is fast asleep as if that happens, your baby would feel abandoned as well as isolated and this feeling won’t be very healthy for his sleep.
You should slowly and gradually lessen the snuggling activity and this can be done by extending the distance with your child’s bed. Your baby would gradually adjust to it and you won’t have much of this kind of problem in the later days.
Leaving the room is tough both for you as well as for the baby. The objective behind this is making the child adjust to his new environment but at the same time you should make sure that the child doesn’t take it in the other direction. You should handle this in such a manner that the child won’t build any undesired interpretations. Hence, you should make this process appear highly gradual and in this process you should have a check that your actions are gradual to such an extent that the child doesn’t feel that anything sudden and peculiar is occurring. There isn’t any haste and therefore, you should give time understanding your baby and making your exit from the room look extremely normal.
Though your baby is highly inseparable part of your life yet leaving the room has its own inferences. It’s just to make your baby stronger and more independent with age. To achieve this you need to have patience as well as dedication.