Knowing exactly when your toddler should be making the transition from their cot to a bed can often be guess work. There is no ‘right’ time to do this but one indicator can be when you feel that your ‘little’ one is perhaps a little too big for their cot.
Thankfully though, what is a bit more certain is how you can go about helping them make the move. Better still, this post usefully breaks this down into six simple steps for you to follow and by doing so you could see your toddler smoothly making this natural progression in life.
Step 1 – Choose the new Bed
First and foremost, you need to choose their bed and more importantly it needs to suit your toddler and the situation. The sensible option is to get a smaller bed as this will have similarities in size to their cot and equally if you’re purchasing the full frame get one which is quite low to the ground to prevent any nasty bumps if they fall out.
Step 2 – Make the Move Seem Important to Them
In the build-up, you should tell your toddler how good their new bed will be and how grown up this is. The aim of this is to make their new bed something they’re looking forward to rather than springing it on them suddenly.
Step 3 – Try a Couple of Nights at a Time
When the time finally arrives don’t just make the switch straight away, you need to make it a gradual process. Maybe let them spend a couple of nights in the cot and a couple in their new bed and over a few weeks start to increase the number of nights in the bed.
Step 4 – Praise them Lots
Similar to step 2, you need to be as positive as possible about the whole process. Every time they have a successful night’s sleep in their new bed, this should be something you champion.
Step 5 – Phase Out the Cot Completely
When they are eventually spending each night in their bed, leave the cot in the room for a few days and then remove it completely. Don’t do this straight away as they might still find comfort in having it nearby.
Step 6 – Keep an Eye Out
The last step is to just keep an extra eye on them when they’re asleep in their new bed. Your toddler will still be getting used their new bed for some time, so it’s worth just making sure they’re not having any issues in the night.
It’s as simple as this, just follow our six steps and in no time at all your toddler will be sleeping soundly in their new small bed!