The transition from crib to bed for your toddler can be a difficult one. For my hubby and I, it started off as a question: "Victoria, would you like to have a big girl bed now, just like mommy and daddy?"

My daughter, who is officially over the 2 and a half year mark, is at an age where we can start phasing out the crib (some moms I know did not wait this long and others waited as long as they could). But how do you know if your toddler is ready to move on from the crib? From what I've read, there's three signs to watch out for:

1. He or she can climb out of the crib. Whether your toddler has successfully done this, or even attempted to, could be a sign that she is ready for a bigger bed. The crib is now an unsafe place. The last thing you want to hear is a loud thump in the middle of the night...

2. Your toddler is too big for the crib, e.g. she doesn't have room to stretch out properly.

3. She actually responds yes to the above question!

We have gotten a lot of yeses and nos, so to make our transition a little easier, we decided to celebrate and have a party! Throwing a party can be a good way to give your toddler the confidence she needs, and to get her excited by letting her show off her new bed to other people. We had a little "informal" gathering where we celebrated with balloons, cake and refreshments, but before that I made up cute little invitations to send out to our family.

I am sharing the template here as a free printable! Most of it is left blank for you to fill it with your message and information.