Transitioning your toddler from a crib to a bed is a big step for most parents. Getting enough quality sleep is not only important for a child but for the parents as well. Many parents want to keep their children in their crib for as long as possible, while others may feel pressured to move their child to an actual bed sooner rather than later. Many factors determine why and when a child transitions from crib to bed such as sleep quality, a new baby joining the family or a child that has learned to climb out. While there are many different reasons to transition a child from a crib to a bed, a new study shows parents should wait until the age of three to make the transition.
According to a recent study published in the journal Sleep Medicine, if you want your children to sleep better you should leave them in their crib until they're three years old. The study asked parents or caregivers of almost 2000 children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States who slept in a crib or a bed in their own room.
The study found that the children who slept in cribs not only slept longer, but look less time to fall asleep and went to bed earlier. They also showed "decreased bedtime resistance and sleep problems."
The study concluded that sleeping in a crib is providing the child with better quality and quantity of sleep, which means parents are getting a better quantity and quality of sleep as well. There's nothing worse than being sleep deprived when you're a parent so ensuring everyone in the house is sleeping as much as possible is definitely a priority.
There are definitely factors that may contribute to transitioning a child to a bed from a crib earlier than three years old, as mentioned above. Often times when parents are expecting a new baby they transition their toddler in to a bed so the baby has a place to sleep. If a toddler is actively scaling the rails of their crib and climbing out it may be safer to simply make the transition to a bed sooner.
This study does prove that if you can leave your child in their crib the best age to start transitioning them to a bed is the age of three. Quality sleep is so important when you have little ones so if that's what it takes to get a bit more sleep, it may be worth delaying the transition to a bed.