A mom of 4 shares her top do’s and don’ts when moving from a cot to a big bed

Moving from a cot to a big bed is a major milestone for toddlers, but don’t rush it, mom.

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Many moms make this move anywhere from 15 months. However, 18 – 20 months seems to be the most popular time.

A toddler bed is generally a low bed with side rails. It will use the same size mattress as the one in the cot. Some families may just move straight to a single bed, if the family genes are tall, chances are a toddler bed won’t last long.

The Dos

  • Wait until they are around the age of 2 years. The sides of the cot keep them safe and saves you and your child from worrying about rolling off the side of the bed in their sleep.

ALSO SEE: 5 toddler sleep safety tips when moving from a cot to a big bed

  • Make a big deal out of the move, it could be viewed as a reward for good sleeping habits.
  • Take your child shopping to choose the linen, a fluffy bear to hug at night and a bedside light. If they need the toilet during the night or have a night terror, this will help ensure they don’t stumble around looking for a light switch.
  • If you are going bed shopping, let them go with you so that they can be involved in the choice, and prepare themselves emotionally for the change.
  • Create a bedtime poster. This could include the story book titles, sleep time, wake-up time, putting on the pjs, brushing teeth and lights out.
  • Stick to bedtime routines. Most children go to sleep by 8pm. Allow for time to wind down, read a story, discuss the day’s events and say a prayer. Give a final hug and kiss good night and “don’t let the bed bugs bite” (this caused many giggles with my twins) and leave the room.

ALSO SEE: What time should babies and toddlers go to bed? We asked the experts

  • If they get up in the night, return to the room continuously and put them back in bed speaking firmly and don’t allow for any distractions like “one more hug“.
  • Make sure the room is safe. The windows must have bars, the door shouldn’t have a key in it, there should be no open plug points, and all medicines and baby products should be packed away on a high shelf or in an inaccessible cupboard.
  • Buy two pool noodles and tuck them under the sheets length-ways down the sides of the bed. This will help to prevent accidental roll outs onto the floor in the middle of the night.

The Don’ts

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