Ask Maxwell: Great First Bed for Toddler (That He’ll Like)
It is very tricky to lure a child back into his or her own room once they’ve gotten used to climbing into bed with you again. I remember very much relying on the high sides of the crib to prevent Ursula from climbing out in those early years. It is hard to get them back in, BUT it will happen and making his room cozy and with his personality is a really nice way to do it.
While Ursula was able to stay on a modified version of her crib mattress for almost five years, I would cut to the chase with your son, ditch the crib/daybed and mattress on the floor and get him a nice single bed that will be his for years.
In order to get him on board I would start talking about making his room really great and enlisting his — and your husband’s — help. Make it a family project! I would look at beds together and talk about how this is really a “big boy bed” that he’s now ready for. Being older brings perks, but it also brings responsibility and a little more independence. That’s the goal here.
For kid’s beds, I like:
– Crate & Kids
– IKEA for kids & check out their beds with canopies!
– Pottery Barn Kids
To get him to bite, we have to grow his imagination around how special and magical and safe and cozy his room will be. Like his own world to explore. I think a lot of kids like sleeping with their parents because it’s the coziest, safest place! Who’s going to argue with that? But his room can get close.
The final thing (or maybe start here) would be to look for some fun sheets that make him feel good and safe. When I was a kid I slept with five Snoopys, and often couldn’t fall asleep until they were all there in the bed right around me. Discover what he needs to feel that great feeling and I bet he’ll run into his room every night. 🙂
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Maxwell Ryan is a father and was an elementary school teacher in NYC before founding Apartment Therapy. He’d love to answer your question: email@example.com. This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids.
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