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Toddler Bed Tent
Toddler bed: Once a child starts climbing from the crib, injuries from falls can occur. Most toddler beds are age approved for 18 months and up. When introducing the bed, be sure to check the room for things that could be swallowed, tangled in or fallen over/in. A good quality baby gate at the door of the room is a good idea to prevent some of the inevitable wandering that will occur. Good luck!! ...Read more
When they climb out: The easy answer is when they learn to climb out of their crib. Some toddlers learn early and some never try and climb out. Once they do, it is safer to have them in a bed low to the floor. That can be a toddler bed or just a low bed with a rail to prevent falls. I always say the longer in the crib, the longer you sleep! ...Read more
Be persistent: The new found freedom of a toddler bed often leads to middle-of-the night visits to your bed. If you persistently return your child to his bed, he will learn to stay in his bed. If you sometimes allow him to sleep with you, he will continue to seek your bed. Deep sleepers unintentionally reinforce co-sleeping, because they fail to awaken. Put a bell on your door, alerting you to visitors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I get my toddler to give up the bedtime bottle? He has a hard time going to bed otherwise.
Just give it up: You are the one having trouble giving it up. Give it up, you already know it is not a good thing to continue. Usually your toddler will learn very quickly and adapt to the new routine you create (no bottle) be strong don't give it back , it is for his own good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you & Dad ready?: When you stop rewarding his behavior by allowing him in your bed, you must ignore his protests, which increase in frequency & intensity at first, every night until he stays in his own bed.Tell him you'll read, kiss & leave him to fall asleep in his own bed & stay there till am.When he gets up, put him back to bed. Don't talk or make eye contact. Repeat till he "gets it." see aap.Org for more tips. ...Read more
Is it normal for toddlers to be afraid of water? Also what can I so for my toddler if he wets the bed a a lot?
Typically-developing: toddlers can have fears. If he's scared of hot or rushing water or water on his face, run his bath before he gets in the tub. Get 2 small watering cans, one for him & one to rinse his hair with. Fill it from the sink. Put a bath cloth over his eyes. Get tub crayons, paints & toys only for bath or pool. Bedwetting is normal till age 5, if he's never been dry for 6 mos. Pull-ups are ok at night. ...Read more
When should I put my 22 month old in a toddler bed? How can I get him to drink from a sippy cup instead of a bottle?
About now..: If your child is getting to big for the crib and has tried to get out, it is time to get him out of there! consider moving the crib mattress on to the floor so he can learn not to fall and if he does he will just roll off. As far as the bottle, its is way past due to take him off it. Remember kids learn by association, teach him to drink from a regular cup or from a straw. ...Read more
Put in own bed!: Why should your toddler sleep in his own bed when you teach him that your bed is the only safe place to sleep. He can only learn by being put in the position. (put him in his bed). Don't think he won't cry cause he will. But if you give in you will teach him crying will get what you want. Teach him the comfort. Spend some play time there, read there, listen to music there. Make his bed the best! ...Read more
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