Making the Big Move from Cot to Bed

When do I move my child from cot to bed?” It’s one of the most common questions for parents with young children. However, it’s one that doesn’t exactly have a generic answer. Not only that, but there are all the hows and whys and what ifs, that go along with it. I don’t have a one size fits all answer to these questions, but I do have some ideas of my own. In order to help you along this crazy journey, here are my top tips.


This is all down to you really. If you feel as though your child is ready to move into a bed, then they probably are. If you think they’ve outgrown their cot then they need a bed. Generally, this giant move is made anywhere between 18 months and three and a half years old. As you can see, there’s a significant gap in averages! That’s because each child is different and each child will deal with it in a different way. Some of the most common reasons for moving a child tend to be because they’ve outgrown the cot; they’re climbing out constantly, or a new baby is on the way. Some people just think that their little one is ready - and that’s fine too. You need to make your own decision and stick to it. Even if there is kicking and screaming to start with!

You’re going to want a smooth transition from cot to bed. Not the easiest task, let me tell you. The first thing you should do is let your child help pick out their new bed. You can browse through the toddler beds at Cuckooland or take them into town to try them out. Getting them involved in the process early on, will make it a lot easier in the long run. It’s a good idea to start your child off with naps on their new bed to start with. They need to get used to sleeping somewhere different. Once they’re used to nap times, it will then be easier at night. Finally, let them know how big and grown up they are with their new bed. Take away the cot and store it out of sight. And ignore any tantrums that come your way.

Top Tips
I may have made it sound quite easy up until now, but don’t be fooled. There are going to be some hurdles along the way. And not just tantrums! Perhaps your child isn’t ready for a bed. Maybe they won’t sleep at all. Here are some tips to help you through:
  • Make an executive decision - It’s a good idea to stick with your decision to move your child into a bed. However, if they are really struggling then it’s okay to put them back in the cot. Especially if they’re falling out or not sleeping. Try again a little bit later on.
  • Be positive - Don’t tell your child off for kicking and screaming about their new bed. Ignore them when they’re making a fuss. However, always be positive about the change. When they settle down nicely, give them plenty of praise.
  • Routines and rituals - Stick with all of your original routines and rituals wherever possible. Any disruption will make them far less likely to want to sleep in their new bed.

It’s going to be a slightly bumpy road, but one that’s so worth it. Moving from cot to bed is a big step, but one that shows your little one is slowly growing up.

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