Crib to Bed Transitioning
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You may not be totally sure if your toddler is ready for the crib to bed transition. Check out this video for tips on when and how to get that big boy or big girl bed.
Transcript: Seems like just recently, your baby was sleeping in a CRIB-and now you're trying to figure out if he...
Seems like just recently, your baby was sleeping in a CRIB-and now you're trying to figure out if he or she can handle a twin BED! Most children are sleeping in a bed by age 2, according to Yale Medical Group. But if a child makes the switch too soon, it could cause sleep issues. Your child is ready for a big kid's bed if she can pull herself up in the crib ,put her leg over the rail, and maybe even climb out. AND she should be 35 inches or taller. If this will be her first time sleeping in a room on her own or without her parents, make sure the new sleeping quarters feel safe and familiar. *A nightlight and stuffed animal can provide comfort *Help her come up with strategies for falling back to sleep if she wakes up in the middle of the night. *Praise her for sleeping through the night by herself. This adjustment may have to be gradual. It's not unusual for newly transplanted kids to wander at night until they get used to their new surroundings. So, what should you look for in a toddler bed setup? -Choose a bed that allows you to add guardrails. -Until age 2, your child will not need a pillow. When she's old enough, give her a small but firm one. -Avoid putting the bed near a window, if possible. -If she's going to sleep on bunk beds, keep her on the lower level until she's 6. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about toddler milestones.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-21 | Tags »
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At two years old, your child will become a terror. Or will he? Watch this video to learn whether or not the terrible twos are what you think.
Transcript: THE TERRIBLE TWOS-it's that inevitable stage when your child CHANGES from an adorable, peaceful infant...
THE TERRIBLE TWOS-it's that inevitable stage when your child CHANGES from an adorable, peaceful infant into a willful, stubborn monster...Or is it?? The so-called terrible twos are really a time of exciting growth and change. When a two year old DOES express anger or stubbornness, it's because of a CLASH between her URGE for independence and her PHYSICAL and cognitive limitations. Frustration can build when she can't figure out how to do what she wants, how to express herself, or how to make her needs understood. So, while she MAY be annoying, don't take your toddler's sometimes defiant behavior personally. It's not about YOU. It's about HOW YOU can help your child find work-arounds to make a smoother transition into an independent little person. Some ways to help: --Be patient and let her try to explain what she's saying. You may even teach her hand SIGNALS for common words such as "hungry" or "I want." --At home, don't engage in a battle, just WALK AWAY from your screaming toddler or put her in time-out for a few minutes if you're getting frustrated. --Offer up CHOICE to give your 2-year-old a sense of control. Let her choose between two pairs of pants or which toys to play with. -- In potential danger zones, like the supermarket or other places where she has to sit still, make sure you provide plenty of stimulation. Try letting her help you with what you're doing, like finding cereal at the store. And remember to bring along a favorite toy for her to play with. --Keep to a consistent routine, and let your child know when you have to transition her from one activity to another. She'll stay calmer if she knows what's coming next. And make sure she gets enough sleep every night and a nap if she still needs one in the afternoon. -- When she behaves or succeeds at a task, let her know. Say, "Good job sitting quietly" or "Hooray, you finished eating!" She'll be thrilled just by pleasing you. And finally, try to appreciate the AMAZING aspects of watching your child grow. You will discover the terrible twos AREN'T terrible at all. Take a look at more videos in this series for more information about toddler behavior and development.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-21 | Tags »
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Three-year-olds are a lot of fun to hang out with! Watch this video to learn about the milestones your child will reach at three years old.
Transcript: What changes can you expect your child to experience THIS year? You'll find your 3-year-old is full...
What changes can you expect your child to experience THIS year? You'll find your 3-year-old is full of BOUNDLESS enthusiasm! And his or her physical skills now resemble those of an older child. She can RUN, jump, CLIMB and use STAIRS easily - maybe even ride a TRICYCLE! ENCOURAGE her motor skills by playing catch or tag. Coordination skills make great strides in the 3rd year. Your toddler's FINE motor skills have also developed. She can draw, hold UTENSILS, and BRUSH her own teeth. She can also build towers of blocks and put together puzzles with 5 to 8 pieces, some with multiple notches. You should LET your child do these things herself when possible-it'll build her self-esteem, and cognitive abilities. A 3-year-old usually has control over her bodily functions by now, but it IS normal for her to WET THE BED even though she's potty trained. Nighttime control takes longer to develop and shouldn't be expected just yet. Verbal skills are also more refined at three years old. Your child will know between 500 and 900 words and can express emotions and thoughts using 4 to 5 word sentences. Pronouns and prepositions will make their way into her EVERYDAY speech. Everyone should now be able to understand almost EVERYTHING she says, which should greatly alleviate the frustration she felt a year ago, at 2. She'll use her new language abilities to ask questions. LOTS of them. Do your best to satisfy her intense curiosity with SIMPLE, easy-to-understand explanations. Three is also the age of imagination. Unfortunately...she will likely become afraid of things like MONSTERS. EASE her fear by "inspecting" the closet and under the bed. Keep a nightlight on in her room. These fears may seem silly to you, but they're very real to her. Although your 3-year-old is more cooperative than she was a year ago, her ENERGY and eagerness to learn will definitely wear you down. Do your best to keep up, and remember, all children grow up at their own pace. Don't be too alarmed if your child hasn't reached some of these milestones yet.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-22 | Tags »
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