It’s no secret to any parent how fast their children grow: while it may feel like they were born only yesterday, as they develop mentally it is exciting and scary to watch your baby grow into an independent person. In terms of physical growth, after a few years a cot just won’t do it anymore. You may have noticed odd sleeping positions to accommodate for longer legs, or have some escape attempts due to discomfort. At and rate, a big bed is quite an upgrade for a child, and so it’s important you choose the right product for them.
When to move up?
For most infant’s, a cot will provide plenty of space for sleeping and relaxing until around age 3, according to Supernanny UK’s parenting experts
. This is, however hugely dependent on your child’s growth spurts and prone to variation – but a good telltale sign is persistent escape attempts or climbing over the rails, as this is an indication they need a little more wiggle room to sooth themselves to sleep. However, there are other factors to consider, and you may need to make this change sooner if you are expecting additional children who will need the cot.
Features to look for
When choosing a single bed, think long and hard: this is one of the first long term investments you will make for your child, as it is likely this will last them the rest of their upbringing (and possibly weekends thereafter). A wooden frame will be less creaky and more durable than metal, for example – make sure that it is safety certified
before purchase to avoid any accidents in the future.
Additionally, consider any storage features
– ottomans allow you to lift the mattress for long term storage such as seasonal clothing, or a divan frame with drawers provides easy access when tidying up.
Easing the transition
If you find that your child is afraid of heights or needs extra safety barriers, toddler beds are available to ease the transition from cot to big bed, and these provide extra stretching room while remaining barrier protected and close to the floor in call of falls.
When you r child is ready to get into their new big bed, ask their involvement – make sure you both agree on a mattress that they will sleep comfortably on, as this will have to last them over a decade. Another way for them t get involved is choosing their own bedding, for example, sheets with a favourite character or fun design on can help them to look forward to snuggling in at bedtime. “This is a collaborative post”
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