A few months ago I wrote a post and prepared my Daughter and myself for the transition from her cot to a big Girl bed. Due to some unforeseen circumstances involving a well known Parenting high street brand the transition did not go ahead leaving my Toddler very confused without a bed for several nights and a very stressed Mummy. We rebuilt her cot and continued to at least let my Daughter get back in to her old routine until we could get her a suitable bed.
If we were going to prepare my little girl for a second round of changing from the security of her cot to a bed it was going to have to be something extra extra special.
And it is …. It will be. In fact after months of dreading this transition I am actually a little over excited. Worlds Apart came into our lives and offered to give us a BIG helping hand. Their website offers unique children’s and toddlers bed in a range of different patterns and characters. Including that little pink piggy.
It was just a few hours ago that my little angel was belting out the theme tune to PEPPA PIG. Precisely 5.04AM. URGH.
Olivia adores peppa and we are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Worlds apart to ensure I have all the help needed during this transition. Olivia is going to be overwhelmed with excitement when she lays eyes on her new Peppa pig toddler bed. I have also ordered a few extra accessories to match her new themed bedroom. I am excited for you all to join me on the big reveal coming soon!
So whilst we are sprucing up her bedroom ready for her new bed here is a few tips from to help fellow mums and Dads who may be thinking about taking the next step to their child’s independence.
Recognizing that this is a difficult time for parents, Worlds apart have joined forces with sleep expert Mandy Gurney,founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, to create this guide for stress-free bedtimes. Mandy has 20 years’ experience working with children. She also has two children of her own, so she understands how difficult sleep deprivation can be.
In this guide you’ll find Mandy’s expert advice on how to make the transition from a cot to a bed, her tried and tested sleep routine and some suggestions for your child’s first nights away from home.
Ready for bed?
When they are between 1 and 3 years old, most children
are ready to move from their cot into their first bed.
There is no set age of course, so you just need to watch
out for the cues. Your child may be getting too big for
their cot. Very mobile toddlers may show their
readiness by climbing out of their cot. Other children,
particularly those with older siblings, will anticipate the
change and begin talking about their new bed.
The transition from a cot is a positive stage in your
child’s life, as it’s a step towards them becoming more
However, unsurprisingly, it can be more difficult for
some children than others. Firstborns for example,
can be more attached to their cot, while subsequent
children tend to be keen to emulate a big brother or
sister and find the move easier. Some children love
their new found freedom and they might suddenly
appear by your side after you have said goodnight.
Others miss the security of the cot and you may
find them shaking you awake in the small hours.
Did you know? – One in six parents admitted that moving their toddler from their cot to their first
big bed was the time they lost the most sleep.
Many parents choose to use a toddler bed in the first instance,
rather than going straight from a cot to a single bed. They are smaller
and much lower to the ground than a single bed and they even have
protective sides and come in a variety of colors and themes. There are
also some ways you can make the transition easier. In the weeks before
you buy the toddler bed, talk to your child about the change and involve
them in decisions. Where will it be? What will their bedroom look like?
Where will you sit for a bedtime story?
If they have a favorite character, you could focus the theme of the
bedroom on that so they feel right at home in a space that is familiar.
Help to give your child a sense of occasion by putting
special pictures on the wall by their bed and talking to them about
their new bed.
You could mention friends of theirs who are no longer using a cot,
or use books and magazines to show them pictures of big children
in nice beds and small babies in cots.
If your child is being moved out of their cot because you’re expecting
another baby, try not to leave it until the last minute to prepare them
for the transition.