There is no fixed rule on when should move your child out of her cot and put her in a bed.
That said most children make the move sometime between around 18 months and three and a half. Certainly they need to have moved once they gain the ability to climb out of the cot!
There might be a reason you particularly want them to move — such as the imminent arrival of a new baby. Then the big change of moving from cot to bed will be well over by the time the next big change — the baby — comes along.
When they get older, you can switch out the crib with the bed that was originally in its space. Also, most standard single beds are too high off the ground, which risks inflicting more severe injury should your child fall out of bed during the night.
Otherwise it can become stressful for the toddler. Alternatively, you can have the new baby arrive first, as big-change number one, and put the baby into a Moses basket next to your bed. Then, when the baby is months old, you could make the next big move of shifting the baby into the cot and the toddler into the big bed.
Then, you might choose to move your child simply because she has outgrown the cot. Do remember that as soon as your child is in the big bed, she is going to be able to get out easily whenever she wants to. So before you make the move, check the safety aspects of everything that they might have access to if they climb out.
What do I do if my child is unhappy moving to a big bed? Some children find the move easy, and some find it really hard. So try to make the transition as comforting as possible.
Any special blankets and toys should be used in the new bed. If possible, keep the bed in the same place as the cot — even at least for a few months — so that when she wakes at night, everything will look just the same as it used to. Can I just use an ordinary big bed?
He'll be used to the side of the cot stopping him when he rolls over. Alternatively, you can delay the switch until your new baby is three months or four months old, as she's likely to be in a Moses basket or crib at first anyway.
Little children can easily break bones falling out of bed. You can also buy guard rails that attach to a bed. A bed that is low to the ground is a good idea as well, so your toddler will find it easy to climb in and out.
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