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Moving My Toddler from Cot to Bed
Moving My Toddler from Cot to Bed

One of the most common questions we get asked is “when is the right time to move my toddler out of their cot and into a bed?” Unfortunately, there is no one correct answer to these questions and there are many factors to be taken into consideration.

Move Child Cot to Bed

A good starting point is to ask yourself “why do I want to move my toddler from their cot into a bed?” As a general rule of thumb, I always suggest to wait as long as possible before moving them out of their cot. The move can have a big impact on a toddler’s life and can negatively affect their sleep habits. If there is no reason such as safety being a concern, then it’s best to wait. If your child is climbing out of the cot (or attempting to climb out) then this is definitely a reason to make the transition. However, toddlers often find it a lot harder to climb out of a portacot so you may want to consider moving them into a portacot for a short time before making the transition to the bed. Other reasons you might be considering the move are because they have outgrown their cot or maybe your need the cot for a new sibling on the way. If your toddler has outgrown their cot then this can also pose some safety concerns so it’s best to make the transition to a bed. However, if your are making the move to make room for a new sibling, then it might be worth looking at some other options such as putting the new baby in a bassinet for a while or even moving your toddler to a portacot to free up the cot to delay the transition.

Move Toddler Cot to Bed

If you find yourself in a position where moving from cot to bed is the only option then have a read through our tips on safety considerations:

  • Ensure that the bedding is not too loose and cotton is the primary form of bedding material;
  • Have a guard rail up on the side of the bed to prevent your toddler from falling out;
  • Have something soft on the floor next to the bed just in case they do fall out;
  • Use a flat pillow if you wish to use a pillow for your toddler;
  • Do not use bumpers around the bed as this can impact on air supply;
  • Follow the SIDS guidelines.

Toddler Bed There are also things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible:

  • Instead of going ‘cold turkey’ and putting your toddler into a bed straight from the cot, slow down the transition period and start with day naps in the bed firstly to get your toddler used to it. You can also put the bed in your child’s room for a week or whilst still having them sleep in their cot so as they can get used to the idea of the bed in their room;
  • Get your child excited about the process by including them in choosing a bed or choosing the bedding to go onto the bed;
  • Keep the bedtime routine the same;
  • Make your toddler feel important by giving them a special job to do before bed (this could be as little as switching off the light;
  • Use a sticker reward system in which you can reward your child in the morning if they have stayed in bed all night.

For more hints and tips head to www.sleepystarz.com

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