4 Tips To Make The Crib To Bedroom Transition Safe And Easy (Part 1)

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Your child climbs out of his crib again, and it hits you– it’s time to graduating from the crib and move to his own bed and/or bedroom. While this will obviously be an exciting time for you. there are important steps that you’ll have to take in order to make the transition both safe and easy for your child.

Make It Safe

Now that your child is completely mobile, you’ll need to make sure that his new bedroom is as safe as his crib. This means childproofing it. Here are a couple of important tips:

1. Put up a guardrail.
Everyone falls off the bed a couple of times. It happens to adults, and it’s bound to happen more to children, especially in the middle of the night. Not only is it scary, but it can be very dangerous. It’s always best to be extra safe.

2. Check bed and other furnishings for stability. 
The truth is, it’s also best to opt for low beds. Go as low as possible to avoid worse injuries and bumps when your child does fall off the bed for any reason. At the same time, make sure the bed is sturdy enough so it has no risk of collapsing. You can also do this by checking the joints and watching out for loose screws from time to time.

3. Choose the right place for the bed.
The ideal position for children’s beds is away from windows, wall lamps, portable cabinets, air conditioning units and curtains. The rule is to not put the bed near anything that could topple over or fall on it.

4. Cover electrical outlets.
Gone are the days when they can be safe and confined in cribs and playpens. For extra security, cover those outlets so children can’t hurt themselves when they decide to leave the bed and tinker with them. Believe me, it can (and will) happen!

5. Sort out toys.
Because toddlers still like putting things in their mouth beyond the age of 2, you’ll want to remove any toy or small objects that could make your child choke. To know whether or not something could pose as a choking hazard, keep away anything that can fit into the cardboard roll of a toilet paper.

6. Install childproof latch on closet doors.
Your kids will fancy their new closet doors and could tinker with things inside (hours of folding gone to waste!), aside from opening and closing them and risk bumping their heads or jamming their fingers with them.

7. Have your child’s room near yours.
I would personally advise this. I’d say it’s crucial for parents to have the child’s room nearby in case of emergencies. This way, you can address your child’s needs sooner than later, hear if his door opens, if there are unexplained noises going on inside, or if the child has nightmares and cries at night.

(Continue reading this article HERE.)

 

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