How to Transition Your Child From a Cot to a Bed

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Moving a little one from a cot to a bed is a big deal, both for the child and the parent. Here are a few steps you can take to make the transition easier for everyone.

Preparation is Key

Make sure your toddler knows the transition is something to be excited about, not fear.  Change can be scary for children, so keep them as informed as possible about what is happening.  Let them know about the transition a few weeks in advance.  Remind them every day about the big day, you can even mark it on the calendar. Ask them how they are feeling about it, read books about bedtime and big beds.

Involve Your Child in the Process

Let you toddler help put the new bed together. Let them help choose the new linen, and even the mattress. Let them give input on how the new bed should be positioned in their room. This will help them feel more in control of the situation.

Keep Things Safe

This is a very important step.  Your child will now be able to leave their bed at any point without you there keeping an eye on them.  Triple check that their room (and entire house!) is 100% safe.   Check that power points, electrical appliance cords, curtain cords, heavy furniture, small coins, medicine and batteries are safely stored away or removed.

We recommend a toddler rail for the first few months of them being in their big bed.  This is to prevent them from rolling out and potentially injuring themselves. 

Create a Routine

Be consistent.  Maintain the normal schedule, as they had when they were in the cot.  For example:

  • Dinner
  • Bath
  • A small drink or snack
  • Brush teeth
  • Storytime
  • Bedtime

Create A Morning Box

Discretely leave a box of 2-3 books and a toy they haven’t used for a while at the end of their bed after they have fallen asleep. This helps for keeping them occupied in the mornings and may buy you some more time for sleep (fingers crossed!).

Choosing a Bed

When you move your child from cot to bed, you have a few options.

For more detailed info on how to choose the best bed for your child, check out our post:

If you have the space, choose a larger size mattress. Chances are you will be spending some time in the new bed for story and cuddle time, but also to resettle them back to sleep if they wake in the night.  Choose a mattress size that you can comfortably fit in with your child.

Synthetic mattresses can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems and other health issues, particularly for children with allergies. To prevent a possible reaction, choose a mattress made of natural materials, including cotton, organic wool, silk, natural latex and even bamboo. 

Inner spring mattresses provide the best skeletal support and conformance to body shapes during sleep – much more so than mattresses made with foam only. These mattresses feature a network of connected coils that allow pressure points to sink in but provide support to keep the spine from bowing. Innerspring pocket coils feature springs that work independently from one another.  

We designed the Eco Kids mattress with all these in mind- size, material, support, comfort and durability. We made a mattress that provides the best in support and comfort while utilising environmentally friendly, natural materials, specifically designed to help children grow.


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