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Big Kid Beds: When to Make the Switch

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Is it time for your child to move into a big kid bed? Or her own room? Learn how you can seamlessly make the switch.
Air Date: 4/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Big Kid Beds: When to Make the Switch
Your toddler may have a heady sense of freedom the first few nights after transferring permanently to a bed.

Luckily, most children are happy to "graduate" and stay in their beds... oftentimes more willingly than they did in their cribs.

For a few, however, the transition has to be managed closely.

Keep in mind, your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes. Moving into his own room or big kid bed may be a big part of those changes. 

Dr. Cori Cross and Melanie Cole, MS, help guide parents with this important transition form babyhood to toddler. Get ready for the future!
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