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The truth is, there isn't a defined time frame for parents to follow when it comes to transitioning a baby from their cot to a toddler bed. Each little one is unique, but there are some behavioural signs that you can look out for to know that they're ready to make the big move.
Let's run through when you'll know that your little one is ready to move from their cot to a bed, and how you can help make this developmental transition as seamless as possible.
Most little ones are ready to move on from their cot to a toddler bed between 18 months and three-and-a-half years old. You can look for the following signs to know for sure if they're ready to sleep in their new bed:
You may want to move them into a bigger bed if you're having a new baby who needs the cot.
If this is the case, it's a good idea to move them into their new bed a few months before the arrival of the baby or when the new baby is a couple of months old. That way, your toddler won't think that they're being moved because of their new sibling, and they won't feel pushed out by the new arrival.
There are three options to choose from when picking the perfect bed for your toddler:
The following tips will help to make the move from cot to bed safe...
Some little ones will love the idea of moving to a brand-new bed, while others will take a little more time to get used to the idea. To help you out, here are our top tips to help make your little one's move from a cot to a bed as successful as possible: