Signs your child is ready for a toddler bed.

child in a bed with a teddy bear

There is no set age in which to transition your child from a cot to a toddler bed or a regular bed. However, most parents tend to make the switch between the ages of 18 months and 3 1/2 years of age. While there’s is no magical age for when to make the transition many parents wait until their little ones are 3. It’s often said that children aren’t ready to make the transition until that age. However, every child is different so regardless of when you do decide to make the transition it’s always worth looking out for some telltale signs that your child is ready to make the change to a big bed.

A toddler trying to climb out of a cot

5 Signs to look out for.


All of the above are signs only; this isn’t something that should be rushed or forced. If they are, then the chances of sleepless nights for you and them could increase. Cots have very clear rails as boundaries; however, toddler beds do not. If you think your child can grasp the concept of imaginary boundaries that they should stay within, then they may be ready to make the transition to a big bed. However, if they are up and down all night, then it’s a sign that they probably aren’t. If there aren’t any signs at all holdback, children grow and mature at different times. Don’t feel forced into it just because a friend or a family members child has already made the change. Look out for the signs and make the change when you are ready and most importantly, when they are ready.

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