Cot vs Bed – Things to consider before transitioning

A very common scenario:

Have a 18 month – 2 year old
Are pregnant with baby # 2
Want to use the cot for the new baby so have transitioned toddler to a bed
A once sleeping toddler – no longer sleeps

Sound familiar anyone?

What’s the answer?

Most children transition from a cot to a bed between the ages of 2.5 to 3.5 years.

Transitioning to a cot is a big milestone at any age.

There is the occasional toddler who, at 18 months to 2 years of age can very successfully transition to a bed and not skip a beat. Unfortunately, these toddlers can be few and far between. It is possible to transition this early however, under 2 years of age most toddlers are generally not emotionally or developmentally ready to sleep in a bed.

Signs your toddler is ready to transition include;

  • Climbing out of the cot
  • Asking to sleep in a bed without prompting

Issues to consider;

  • A bed offers new found freedom to your toddler. Access to not only their room and it’s contents but also (unless there is a gate at the door, or the door is shut) access to the entire house.
  • Possible hazards to consider include: open windows, stairs, hazards from climbing on furniture and non fixed items including the furniture itself, access to the change table and wipes, creams, lotions and potions, curtain/blind cords, electrical points, ensuites with taps/toilets and if access to other parts of the house, poisons etc.
  • You also need you remove any temptations from your toddlers rooms ie: toys and books. Lying in bed vs playing … a toddler will always play!

If the above scenario is familiar and/or you are considering transitioning your toddler under 2.5 years into a bed …. it is definitely worth considering keeping your toddler in the cot and purchasing either a bassinet or second cot for the new addition.

Don’t rush the process. Sleep is important – for everyone!

Some food for thought