My little girl is 19 months old and still sleeps in her cot. It is a big cot and she has plenty of room. She also rolls around a lot and we like the safety of the cot so she doesn’t fall out. When is the best time to move to a bed?


Posted by kathryn, 1st January 2014


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  • We waited until our 2 could climb out of the cot before moving them into a bed. My daughter was about 16 months and my son was closer to 2.



  • My daughter was around three years old when we moved her from a cot to a low single bed.



  • I move my foster children around 2 years. But it depends on the individual child. Some can be moved earlier than others. When doing so, I always keep the cot set up so a trial can be done



  • I’m in the process of moving my 18 month old now



  • Whenever you think is a good time, is the best time to move her. She seems happy in the cot still, with room to move and she rolls around a lot…so leave her there for a while longer



  • when she starts to climb out the cot and there is a danger of falling. I would suggest staying in cot for as long as possible.



  • We don’t move our kids to a bed until they are trying to climb out of the cots and the cot stops being safe! We are up to our 3rd child. Both girls were out shortly after their second birthday which is when they suddenly appeared beinhd us when we thought they were sleeping, but our son is almost 2.5 and hasn’t even tried. Knowing how much harder bedtimes get the first year they are out of the cot, we aren’t in a rush!



  • Our cots convert into little beds so we’ll be using them for as long as we can — I believe that they’ll let us know in their own way when they’re ready for it!



  • The longer you leave it the harder it will be.



  • Depends on how active your little one is. If she gets to the stage of climbing out of the cot when she wakes up, and you’re worried about her falling and hurting herself, then that would be the time to start looking at a bed for her. If she’s happy in the cot for now, and she’s got plenty of room, then I’d leave her in it.



  • If it’s a big cot that she fits comfortably in then there is no rush. I think anywhere up to 4 years.



  • 2 is a good age… 1 is way too young i think unless you have bed railings



  • there are some good comments here



  • i moved my daughter into a toddler bed when she was 1,



  • it really does come down to what works for you. My 2 year old is still in a cot and is only just going to move into a disabled bed (bigger cot due to seizures) in the next few weeks. If your child is climbing in and out all the time then that is a good reason to transfer them to a normal bed.


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