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Helpful Books for Transitioning to Toddler Bed from Crib

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Transitioning to Toddler Bed

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We are currently in the process of moving my 19-month-old son out of his crib and into the bottom bunk of an adorable set of bunk beds we just purchased. 

I realize 19 months sounds a bit early, but we are about to have a baby in a few weeks…so I kind of need the crib back!

To help prepare my son, I’ve been reading Big Enough for a Bed (featuring one of his favorite characters, Elmo) every night for the past few weeks. While I was looking online for other related books, I came across a few that looked helpful and made this list of

Helpful Books for Transitioning to Toddler Bed From Crib.

Note: Not all of these books specifically talk about the transitioning to a toddler bed from a crib, but all emphasize children sleeping in their own big-kid beds.

Big Enough for a Bed: I have used this book with both my kids to help them when transitioning to a toddler bed. It’s a simple board book about when Elmo moves from a crib to a bed, and it’s only $4.99 on Amazon. 

I Love to Sleep in My Own Bed: Jimmy the Bunny sneaks in to sleep with his parents every night, because he doesn’t want to sleep in his own bed. The paperback version is $7.99 and it’s also available on your Kindle.

Back to Bed, Ed!: Ed’s mom and dad come up with a plan to keep Ed in his own bed. 

A Bed of Your Own: A rhyming tale of Suzy Sue making her bed feel “just right.” 

Your Own Big Bed: This hardcover ($13.99) compares a child’s moving into a bed to animals moving into their own place in the animal world. This is more abstract than the others on this list and would probably go over a toddler’s head, but might be good for an older child making the transition into his own bed.

The Girl Who Got Out of Bed: Shirley’s parents deal with her getting out of bed over and over again, always with a new excuse. 

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  • Leslie
    January 21, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    We’re planning on making the switch around my daughter’s second birthday (she’s 18 months now). I never even realized books like this existed – great post! I will definitely be checking these books out. Question for you. We were going to go right to a twin bed.. Do you think that’s a mistake? Should we go with a toddler bed instead?

    • Lindsay
      January 21, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      I don’t think it makes a big difference. We are currently moving my 19-month-old directly into a twin bunk bed (bottom). I’ve read you can put the mattress on the ground at first, if necessary. My daughter outgrew the toddler bed pretty quickly. We tied the crib bumper across my son’s bunk bed to help him feel more secure in there. I’m actually posting about it tomorrow…I’ll include a pic!

      • Leslie
        January 21, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        The crib bumper is a great idea!

        On a random note, I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and just now happened to read your About Me section. We went to college in the same town – small world!

        • Lindsay
          January 22, 2015 at 11:04 AM

          So funny! Where did you go to school?

          • Leslie
            January 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

            I went to Moravian – graduated in 2002.

          • Lindsay
            January 22, 2015 at 7:54 PM

            Small world!

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