Parenting

At What Age Should You Upgrade From Crib to Bed

For any new parent, buying a new crib can be one of the most exciting parts of any pregnancy journey, it makes the idea of having a new baby feel like a real experiment and so it’s not unheard of for new parents to splash a bit of cash when picking the perfect new crib for the baby. Once your baby arrives, watching them fall asleep every night in their beautiful crib is a nice consultation for having to deal with the hardships of parenting, but it can be difficult to decide when the best time to move your child from a crib to a bed is. There are a number of factors that can influence when the best time to move to a bed is, so here are some handy tips on what time would be the right one for you to make the transition.

 

Age

 

The general age that many parents agree to be the best time to move your baby into a bed is around 2 years old. At this stage, your child should have developed some good cognitive responses and thus will be able to safely react to any incidents such as falling off the bed.

 

Other factors

 

Size

Not every baby develops at the same rate and so your child may not meet the requirements. The reason that size is such an important factor to consider when thinking about moving your baby into a new bed as when they get larger, cots can become more dangerous for babies. This is because cots are more elevated than a bed and so if your child was to manage to climb over the rails, which adventurous children are likely to do, they may fall and injure themselves seriously.  If your child is still small and is showing no interest in climbing out of the cot, then it would be worth getting the most out of the cot that you already have instead of buying a new bed.

 

Your Cot

Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t notice that many cribs are actually adjustable. The bed element can be lowered which will make it safer for you to keep your child in it. The bigger your baby gets, the lower down the bed element of the crib should be. This will prevent them from pulling themselves over the rails and potentially harming themselves. Once again, this will save you a bit of money as it means that you can prolong the time that your baby is in the crib. If you are someone who has not yet got a crib and is still in the research part of your pregnancy, it may be worth investing in an adjustable crib from the very start as many parents miss the opportunity to do so.

 

Child’s Behaviour

While also considering the size of your child you should also take their behavior into consideration, if they’re a child that is quite hyperactive and prone to making a mess, a bed may not be a good solution. Beds give your child more freedom to get up to mischief in the night and so a cot can help prevent this.

 

What bed should I get my child

 

If you have decided that it is time to move your child into a bed it is important that you get the right one. First of all, don’t get them a bed that is too big. There are specifically made toddler beds that can prevent any falling. Due to the delicacy of your baby, you should make sure that they have as much comfort as possible, considering investing in a bamboo mattress as these can be really great for supporting your child’s spine and will also mean that they will be able to fall asleep quickly due to comfort.

Fantastic Ways to Teach your Kids About Money

As sad as it may be, it’s true that nothing is really free. Considering everything seems more expensive than it’s ever been, there’s never been a better time to prepare your kids for the financial world. It doesn’t need to be overly complicated and it can even be made fun for your kids, but there are plenty of benefits in teaching your kids the value of money, even from a younger age. They’ll learn valuable skills like counting but they’ll also be able to appreciate you better when they understand that money can lead to limitations and everything isn’t handed to you just because you want it. It’s an important lesson and one you can get started on today. To help you along, here are some fantastic ways to teach your kids about money.

 

Allowances

Most kids are given an allowance on a weekly or monthly basis depending on their age. The amount tends to depend parent to parent, but it’s important to keep an eye on how much you’re giving your child and how much they have left just before their next due payment. It will help you get a gauge on how they manage their money, but if they’re kids, it probably won’t be done very well. But, that’s where you come in.

Savings

To really show your kids the benefits of managing their money, it may be worth teaching them about saving. To help you out, there are plenty of resources online to help you teach your kids about managing their finances. With things like the Revolut Junior account designed specifically to help get your kids started in being in charge of their own savings. You should also teach them the importance of having some ‘rainy day’ savings that they shouldn’t touch unless there’s an emergency. There are plenty of advantages to saving and by telling your child if they save they can have that game they’ve been wanting, it’ll shift a gear in their brain and make everything a whole lot easier.

Chores

The first suggestion has been a staple of parenting since its invention. Chores are an integral part of most people’s childhoods. It teaches our kids valuable skills they’ll need later in life and gives us a hand around the house. If your child struggles with their chores, it may be worth trying to present them to your child as more of a job, by including a small financial incentive, it will make your child’s work seem more valued and it also means they aren’t just getting money for doing nothing, which can lead to some more negative attitudes.

Open a Mini Shop

With their hard-earned cash, you might take it one step further and open a small shop with the snacks in the house, pricing each item and letting your child have a particular budget for each day. Doing this means you’ll be able to teach your kids the value of money and how to budget their purchases. You’ll also be able to earn your pennies back along the way (considering how expensive it is to run a shop, it’ll be well earned).