Toddler beds are one sign that your child is growing up. This is when your baby makes the switch from a baby crib, to an adult-like bed . It can be very exciting, but emotional as well. Although switching to the toddler bed means that your baby is getting older, it also means you may have some brand new issues to sift through. Like every other stage of a baby’s life, toddler beds come with their own set of problems.
No Longer Captive
The biggest issue I have found with our toddler bed is the fact that our daughter is no longer captive. If I knew she was tired, but she didn’t think so, I could put her in her crib and let her cry for a few minutes. Now, however, her toddler bed has no barrier. She can get up and leave the room as soon as I shut the door. If your child, like mine, has figured out how to turn door handles, this can become a major issue. Take it from me, the best way to deal with this new problem is to nip it in the bud. For the first week my daughter slept in the toddler bed, we spent an hour or two beside her door walking her back to bed each night. She would do this until she got bored of the game, or simply too tired to keep playing.
New Dangers in the Home
Once your child can successfully escape from his/her bed in the middle of the night, you have problems. Think about all the dangerous objects lying around your house. Of course, since you have a toddler in the house, it is childproofed. However, there are some things you just can’t child proof. For example, a kitchen table with chairs is the perfect toy for a 2 year old. Imagine him/her climbing on the table in the middle of the night, or pushing a chair up to the counter to play. It’s scary. If you find your baby is getting up and wandering without your knowledge, put up a baby gate either at his/her bedroom door, or at the entrances of dangerous rooms.
Sometimes a child that does not leave his/her room at night decides to play with toys and books in the bedroom. A lot of the time, parents don’t hear this play. However, when you walk into the bedroom in the morning, there are toys and books scattered all over the room. While this problem is not one of the worst, it can be frustrating. Try to catch your child in the act, and put him/her back to bed. If you do this a few times, they will get the hint.
Parents don’t have an easy job. With every new step in life, children come with a new set of issues. Learning how to effectively deal with those issues can be difficult. If you know what to expect out of a toddler bed, perhaps dealing with the new problems won’t be quite so bad.