Making The Transition From Cot To Toddler Bed

I wrote a short post about moving Sophie from her cot to a toddler bed at the beginning of the year. However, I thought it was about time I updated you and gave you some tips, which may help if you are thinking about making the transition yourselves.

We originally wanted to keep Sophie in her cot for as long as possible. We thought around two years old would be the ideal age to convert her cot into a toddler bed as she would understand the change a bit better. However, Sophie had other ideas and when she was 19 months old she managed to throw herself out of her cot one night (when she was supposed to be sleeping!). Toby and I heard a loud bang and we instantly ran upstairs to the sound of Sophie screaming.

Luckily, she wasn't hurt and after plenty of cuddles etc. she went back to bed no problem. I knew Sophie had a shock and probably wouldn't to it again, but it wasn't worth the risk. If she managed to climb out again and injure herself - I would never forgive myself. So, that night, I went online looking for a bed guard and chose the wooden BabyDan bed rail as it's white and matches her cot. 

If you are thinking of making the transition from cot to bed, here are my tips:

1. Don't rush it - but, in our case, it was the safest option.

2. Make sure furniture is attached to the wall and items that they aren't supposed to play with are out of reach (baby monitors  for example).

3. Put a baby gate on their door so they can't wander around the house.

4. Leave a few books and toys in the room, so they can entertain themselves for a bit  in the morning (hopefully not in the middle of the night haha).

5. Don't worry about it, we thought it would be a nightmare but it really wasn't that bad.. you just have to be patient as it's a big change.

I can honestly say, moving Sophie from a cot to a toddled bed was one of the best things we have ever done and she took to it straight away. On the first night, she needed a bit of reassurance (which is understandable) but after that, we found she slept so much better too. She has now been in her own bed for 8 months and we haven't really had any problems (other than a few difficult nights where she keeps getting out of bed and is refusing to go to sleep - but we just have to have patience!)

I hope you found this post hopeful. What age did you transition from cot to bed? How did you find it? Let me know!

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  1. We've never had a cot bed, but will be looking at toddler beds soon as my 11 month old can climb out of her cot :( We are delaying it as long as possible, but think we are fighting a losing battle :(

    1. Good luck! It really wasn't that bad for us, fingers crossed the transition goes well for you and your little one too x


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