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How do you Know When it’s Time to Put your Baby in a Toddler Bed?

That is a question most all new parents ask themselves. Each baby and each parent is different, but there is one time when you know for sure it’s time for your baby to go to the Toddler Bed.

For us, we put our oldest son in his toddler bed for naps when he turned a year old. He still slept at night in the crib. We knew the time had come when he woke up from a nap and tried to get out of the crib by himself. Thank goodness I had come in to check on him because he slipped just as I came in and I caught him before he hit his head on the dresser.

One way to tell if your baby is ready for the toddler bed is to monitor their sleep habits. For example, if your baby used to take two hour naps and all of a sudden he’s only making it to thirty minutes, it might be a sign the bed is no longer comfortable to him. It’s also possible he’s ready if it takes him longer to fall asleep or if he is all over the bed. The main thing to look at is the sleep habits he had before and has now.

Another way to tell if your toddler is ready to move to the toddler bed is if he’s potty trained. When your child is potty trained it’s important they have the ability to go to the bathroom when they feel the need. If you don’t give them this ability they’ll likely have accidents and they’ll lose interest in being potty trained.

If you’re expecting another baby and need the crib for the new one, it’s a good idea to start preparing your toddler for the big boy bed. Naps are the perfect way to make that preparation happen smoothly. If your baby is just not ready, you may have to invest in a bassinet for a time or purchase another crib.

Knowing when it’s time to move your baby from the crib to the bed is a tough decision to make, but it’s one that must happen at some point. Most toddlers make the transition between the ages of 1 ½ and 3 ½, but it’s important to do it when your child is ready and not when some book or website tells you to do it. You want your child to be comfortable with the change, not scared.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She’s also a wife and mother and she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Visit her mommy blog at to see what they have going on.

10 Suggestions for Spending Time with Your Toddler

Spending time with your toddler can be a challenge if you don’t know what to do with them. At the same time, you can have a ball if you plan your time around things they enjoy doing. Planning this time can be difficult, but once you come up with the activities, planning for the future will come easily to you.

One thing you need to remember is the age of your toddler. You don’t want to plan activities that are not age appropriate for your child so think about games they play every day or activities they love to do. Include these things in your time with them and you’ll have the best day possible.

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

1. Color books and crayons are great for a toddler. You’ll want to make sure you color with your child and continually talk about what you’re doing and how good they’re doing.
2. Going to the park is perfect for toddlers. They love to swing and go down the slide.
3. Tea parties are something little girls love to have, so joining in will make their day.
4. Cars are what little boys love to play. They’ll have a lot of fun when you get down on your hands and knees to play with them.
5. Read their favorite books together and change your voice when you read.
6. Watch their favorite video and talk about what’s going on.
7. Go to the library together for story time. You’ll have a lot of fun and so will your toddler.
8. Play educational games on the computer. Not only will they have fun, but they’ll learn at the same time.
9. Playing made up games will keep your child’s mind moving and you might be surprised at the games they come up with.
10. Play hide and seek with your child.

The toddler years are fun and exciting for parents. Your child is growing and learning every day. During this time in their lives they are changing all the time. Spending time with them individually will give you the ability to see all of these changes.

When you spend time with your toddler you need to put yourself at their level so they don’t really see you as an adult. When they see you this way, they’ll have more fun and it will help you with the foundation for the future conversations and trust you’ll have with them.

The toddler years are so much fun. When you spend time each week with your toddler you’ll both have fun and you’ll feel so much closer to your child. Using the tips above will help you come up with the activities you can do with your child.

Corrie Petersen is a successful ghostwriter and the owner of She is married and has two wonderful boys. She enjoys working her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her family. Go to her mommy blog at to see what her family is up to.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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