Advice from Katie Hilton – Bsc Registered Midwife, Msc Registered Health Visitor
There is no precise time to move your child into a new bed but you may find that once they start climbing out of their cot, the switch to a new bed can prevent any accidents. When your child is ready to make the transition from cot to bed, there are a few things you can do to ensure that the process goes smoothly.
Show your child their new toddler bed when it arrives. Let them have a nap in their bed before a night time sleep to allow them time to get used to it.
Keep your usual routine. If you have a set routine at bedtime then continue with it once your child is in his or her new bed. Ensure bedtime is the same to in order to make the adjustment easier for them.
Let your child know how grown up they are now that they have their own bed. However, don’t go too overboard with praise as you don’t want it to seem like too big of a deal.
Keep things familiar. Use the same blanket, teddies and pyjamas to begin with as this will make the transition easier.
Be prepared for them to wake up. It may take a while for your child to get used to their new bed and get into a pattern of sleeping again. If they wake up and come to you during the night, just quietly take them back to their own bed and try to get them to settle themselves.
Safety comes first so make sure there is nothing that they can trip over during the night and ensure there are no electrical items or cords in reach. Use a stair gate to prevent any accidents. If you’re worried that your child may fall out of bed during the night then use Hippychick Dream Tubes to keep them safe and secure.