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my daughters coming up to 18months and im thinking of maybe turning her cot into a bed, but im not sure if shes to young or is it best to do it sooner rather than later. she normally sleeps right thr… Read More
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
my daughters coming up to 18months and im thinking of maybe turning her cot into a bed, but im not sure if shes to young or is it best to do it sooner rather than later. she normally sleeps right through the night and only on the odd occasion wakes in the night, obviously i would put a baby gate on her door. what age did you put your child into a toddler bed? is 18months to young?
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Whenever you thinks she's ready. Both of ours went into beds at around 18 months.
#2
if all is well i would leave it tbh..if there is no other reason to do it?
if she is safe and comfy then why do it?
i mean if you needed her to roomshare it makes sense or she is too big for her cot..or she climbs out. You may just start her wanting to get up in the night or she may not settle at night?
i think a good time to do it is when you toilet train as then its necessary?

Edited By: plumberman01 on Jan 13, 2011 15:04
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mine was 18 months :)
#4
Yep think my little boy was around the same age when he went into his cot bed. Just bought one of those guards for side to stop him from falling out.
banned#5
Cool story subscribed. Always thought it amazing how we stay on a bed. I remember falling out while younger. Reckon it goes back to the days we were monkeys hanging on tree branches.
#6
i suppose i can always try her and if theres any problems turn it back into a cot. ive been looking at some really cute pink toddler beds but dont want to buy one till shes been in the cot bed for a few months.
#7
plumberman01
if all is well i would leave it tbh..if there is no other reason to do it?if she is safe and comfy then why do it? i mean if you needed her to roomshare it makes sense or she is too big for her cot..or she climbs out. You may just start her wanting to get up in the night or she may not settle at night?i think a good time to do it is when you toilet train as then its necessary?

thats what im worried about, her getting up in the night and messing about, when i was in her room putting clothes away she was in with me and started pulling everything out the drawers.
#8
when ever you feel she's ready hun, my boy was ready at about 18/20 months i thought but he hated it lol.
now i can't get him out of it lol.
#9
Both our youngest went into beds between 18 months to 2 years (can't quite remember). We got the little beds from Ikea as they're not high off the ground and come with a removeable bed guard too. Does them up until age 5 or so as well.
#10
I agree with plumberman01. We tried my eldest a bit too early, but he just messed about and would keep wandering about, stealth-style. With the younger two I waited until they were being potty trained so they could get up on their own to go to the pot. I think you just know when is the right time... and like you said, you can always turn it back into a cot again, if it turns out it was too soon.
1 Like #11
take her with you when you go to look at beds, introduce her to the idea early. Show her what a big girl she is and what a lovely new bed she will be getting. Maybe a bit better than suddenly changing whithout her knowledge!
#12
We put my eldest (now just over 3) in a toddler bed when she started walking at 13/14 months...now the youngest is 13 months she is completely different she's a wobbler not a toddler so will wait a bit longer with her.

Although we're going to the next transition with the eldest soon, into a proper big girls bed.
#13
Ours went into a single bed at 12 months.
1st DD got bunkbeds at 12 months as I was nearly due 2nd DD, so 2nd DD got the cotbed.

My son got a single bed at 12 months as he only had a cot, not a cotbed. So just jumped straight into a full on single bed but with bedguard.
As long as you feel they are ready and going to be safe then thats all that matters :) x
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Unless your baby is climbing out of the cot which is clearly a dangerous thing, then I would leave her as she is for a bit longer. At least you know she is safe and will be where you left her!
#15
ive just turned my sons cot into a bed, hes 2, he was fine in it, but started trying to climb out, now he just spends his night ripping his wallpaper and messing around, he mostly falls asleep sat up leaning on the babygate
#16
My son went into a bed around 21 months. He was at the stage when he was trying to climb out the cot. If you can hold off as long as possible do so as thats when the hassle starts and your evenings will be spent putting her back to bed!
#17
nikkib123
Yep think my little boy was around the same age when he went into his cot bed. Just bought one of those guards for side to stop him from falling out.


about the same for our kids & once in a while we'd hear a thump as they fell out of bed or you'd go in to check on them & find they were asleep half in the bed & half out !!! Then the fun comes when its still light outside in the evenings in the summer & they want to know why they have to go to bed during the day, then we'd spend the night putting them back into bed !!.................if it wasn't for those pesky kids:D

Edited By: richp on Jan 13, 2011 17:55
1 Like #18
Good tip - even if you have a guard on the bed, its worth putting a quilt or something similar on the floor by the bed, at least for the first few months. Both our kids (& several friends' kids as well) still managed to fall out of bed.
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We made the transition at about 18 months, by dropping the side of the cot down, and the mattress was set on the lowest level. It was effectively a mini bed, because the mattress was at about the same height as a bed, but the child can't roll out with the cot side there. However the cotside was still a safe height for the child to traverse.

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