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Advise please on how you transitioned your toddler into a big bed.
My 13 month old is in his cot but moves around sideways I feel he will be ok in a bigger bed eventually…..
I have a baby due next year and he will be about 22 months when she goes into the cot.
So im thinking she can have his cot, and I will buy my boy a si gle bed with the barriers.
Should I buy the bed sooner and transition him sooner or did anyone’s toddler just take to it at that age?


Posted by Danicastefanie, 5th October 2021


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  • I’d buy the bed now and start off with him in it during the day only. That way you can keep an eye on him and you’ll have a better idea of when he can sleep in it permanently.


  • I had a Nursery for the newborn and had the rooms ready for the children when they need to transition into. We used the room for restless nights when I needed to calm baby and get some sleep. I bought king single beds big enough for Dad to sleep in as well. We read stories in the room and we bought thing with the children to make it their room like bookshelves and toy boxes. Making quite clear when your ready to move your son into his big room it’s his big boy room.


  • I think if you can, try to transition before baby so it doesnt become a big deal and make them feel like they’ve been evicted.


  • I would buy now & start transitioning. With my son I found starting with day naps in the bed & then gradually doing his night sleep aswell!


  • My first baby girl loved her single bed with a barrier to stop her from falling out of bed and she was only about 15 months old. I wanted her comfortable before her baby sister arrived and didn’t want her wanting the cot.


  • I think it’s up to you but I think it was around 2 when my son went into his own bed. I used to let him have his afternoon sleep in the bed as I said big boys sleep in their own bed now and that he was mums big boy now and big boys sleep in their own bed.


  • I’d definitely transition to the bed before new baby arrives. If you feel your child is ready for a bed and will handle it, then go for it. Just make sure to do it before baby comes so he doesn’t get a lot of changes at once.
    And bub will likely be in a bassinet for a few months too, so if not ready then you still have time after bub is born.


  • My twins are almost 3 and we aren’t transitioning yet as I don’t think they are ready maturity wise. Our cots actually double as toddler beds, so I am just going to do that opposed to getting them into single beds straight away!


  • I changed my toddler to a bed a couple of weeks before the new baby arrived (it coincided with her 2nd birthday) and so we had made a big deal about she was a big girl now etc. and that worked well. I wouldn’t do it too early tho. Have a think about getting a bassinet, for your bubba incase they don’t get well with the cot.


  • I would move him to a single bed before the baby arrives, otherwise there are too many transitions at once. My kids took it easy at that age, although my youngest preferred to sleep on a matrass on the floor


  • I would try transition him a little sooner. I have 3 kids and they have all used the same cot. I transitioned each in advance and they adapted very easily. I’d definitely recommend the bed rails, my son was always sleeping it against them, so I’m sure if I didn’t have it he’d be on the floor.


  • Our son (at around that age) just took to it – sadly, because he liked the “freedom” to get up and wander around… we didn’t have any other problems though. We got him to help choose his first duvet cover to give him a sense of ownership of the new bed.


  • We transitioned our daughter to a toddler bed at 20 months. We had already created hype about her own bed and princess bedsheet so she was excited. We gave her a cuddly toy to take to bed and a bedtime story every night. One of us used to stay around till she fell asleep but stopped that after a few weeks. It was a very smooth transition for us.


  • Buy the bed and get him use to it first. All 3 of my kids had no issue transitioning into a bed at about 18 months old.
    You might find the same


  • Our son was 2.5yo as we needed cot for our daughter.


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