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Question #6:

I’m wondering when my child will be old enough to move from the crib to a single bed. Any guidelines I should know?

Answer:

Lisa McCain-Johnson, MD, of CHKD Health System’s Coastal Pediatrics, says, “Because children learn to walk and climb at different times, there is no set time for them to make that transition. If you believe your child’s attempts to climb out of his crib will be successful soon, it is probably time to move him to a low single bed. Until then, his crib mattress should be at its lowest setting and you should remove all cradle gyms and hanging toys as well as toys such as blocks or big stuffed animals that can provide a boost to liberty. When you do move him to a bed, side rails may help keep him from falling out, but just in case, pillows or thick rugs on the floor can make for a soft landing. And by all means, block stairways or other problem areas in case he should come looking for you at night.


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