Moving your toddler from a cot to a bed
Wherever your child has spent his babyhood sleeping – be that in your bed with you, in a cot in your room, or in his own room – most children will move into their own bed between the ages of two and three.
Why should I move her to a bed?
- she can climb in and out of her cot which poses a threat to her safety
- she is repeatedly waking during the night as a result of knocking her head, arms or legs on the side of the cot
- she’s now toilet-trained and needs to be able to go to the bathroom quickly
When should I move her to a bed?
- if you can, try to make the move slowly when there is no disruption to the family routine, and your child is completely well.
- try to avoid rushing your child out of her cot to make place for a new sibling. If you do need the cot for a new baby, start the process of moving your older child to a bed early in your pregnancy so she’ll be happily snuggled up in her big girl’s bed long before the baby is born.
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