Mercy Pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods Discusses Babies, Cribs, and Transitioning to a Bed
In a recent interview for WhatToExpect.com, Mercy Medical Center board certified pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods responded to questions concerning whether it is safe for a baby to sleep in a crib, when to make the transition from crib to bed, and on other related topics. Here are the highlights from Dr. Woods’ interview.
* Is there any harm in letting a toddler sleep in a crib?
As long as the toddler meets the weight and height restrictions, there is little to no harm in letting them sleep in a crib. Most cribs suggest transitioning to a toddler bed before the toddler reaches 50 pounds of weight or or 35 inches height. One safety concern for a toddler staying beyond the normal time frame in a crib is if he or she is an excellent climber and can climb out of the crib putting themselves at risk for a fall once their body gets over the railing.
* What do you recommend when it comes to moving a child from a crib to a bed: Should a child lead when they stop sleeping in their crib?
If possible, the child should lead when transitioning to a toddler bed. This often takes place when the child is verbal and/or is able to understand a parent’s command of “Stay in the bed until it is time to wake up.” Children who do not follow instructions so well, which is also quite common at this age, may use the toddler bed to their advantage and get out of the bed anytime they see fit to play with their toys or explore around the house. If your toddler does not receive instructions well, and he or she is under the weight and height limits for their own crib, he or she may do better staying in the crib for a while longer.
* When do you typically advise parents try to move a child from a crib to a bed?
It depends on the child, but usually between 2 1/2 and three years of age. Some children may transition as early as two years of age, and some kids may be three years old before they transition to a toddler bed. Again it all depends on the development of the child, comfort of the child, and the comfort of the parents.
Mercy’s Dr. Ashanti Woods specializes in General Pediatrics at Mercy Family Care Physicians in Baltimore, MD. Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, he sees children for a broad spectrum of conditions and disorders including allergies, common cold, ear infections, as well as chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Dr. Woods performs annual physicals, sports physicals and wellness exams.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.