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How To Transition From Cot To Toddler Bed



So, you've decided it's time to move your baby who is no longer a teeny little baby but a toddler who likes to climbs out of their cot at night (or your bed) into their own bed for the first time. But you're not sure how to do it without causing too much disruption to their sleeping pattern especially if they are sleeping through the night.

Fear not, here are some tips to make the transition from cot to toddler bed easier:

1. Before you move your toddler into their own bed it's probably a good idea to make sure they have a proper bedtime routine in place. Follow that exact routine when they go into their new bed.

2. For about a week before the transition speak with your toddler about getting a 'big bed' and keep reminding them that they will be having a new bed later in week as they are older. You could even let your child go with you to choose a bed. 

3. If you can place the toddler bed where their cot was, it's good for them to recognise familiar surroundings and that way they don't feel like they're somewhere else. If they sleep with a blanket or favourite toy ensure that they are when you decide on the move. 

4. If your toddler has a hard time falling asleep, perhaps they are over-tired. You could move their bed time earlier slightly. An earlier bedtime usually solves this problem. 

5. Make their bed cosy by snuggling them up with lots of cuddly animals, perhaps let them choose a duvet cover and don't forget bed rail too. By making their bed nice and cosy they will fill more secure and less likely to get out of bed. These fairy lights from Brightlightz would be perfect for above the bed to make the room more cosy at night.

Don't forget every child is different, some may adjust to the change easier than others. It just takes time and patience. You may be lucky and your toddler will sleep though the first night but if not, don't stress and try again the following night. 

Have you recently made the move, do you have any advice to share with others?

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14 comments

  1. Great tips! We spent a week of having bedtime stories in LP's big girl bed before we moved her into it to get her used to it. It helped that she was changing bedrooms too so that we could set her new room/bed up first x

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  2. Some great tips. Our daughter loves her big girl bed during the daytime, however, she won't sleep in it for long at night! Then again we have never had children that sleep in their own beds :/

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  3. Some excellent advice! Beautiful bedroom too :) My twins used to end up in the same bed once we took their cot sides off!

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  4. We had a special duvet which zipped to the bottom sheet from the Gro Company which was amazing

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  5. Some lovely tips here to make this transition as easy as possible.

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  6. Some great tips! We just made the transition and it was relatively painless.

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  7. We bought a foam bumper to stop eliza rolling out of bed. The only problem we have is keeping on her bed past 6am

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  8. Great tips. Can't wait for Holly to move beds :)
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to take the sides off my daughter's cot soon!

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  10. I have written about this in my book Toddlers: An Instruction Manual. The one thing I would add is to put a few sofa cushions on the floor for the first week in case your child falls out of bed, though in reality they rarely do. What parents often find is that a child who is let loose from the confines of the cot may start to get up a bit more and start roaming around the house, just because they can. So you need to have strategies in place for dealing with this.

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Max will be moving to his toddler bed soon. Some great tips which will hopefully help us.

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  12. Most kids really look forward to the big bed... not all like it at first :-(

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  13. Some really great tips here, routine is a must

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  14. Great tips especially moving their bedtime a bit earlier if they're struggling to get to sleep from over tiredness. x

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