Transition to toddler bed

When is the right time the change from cot to toddler bed?

With Heidi being my first child I have felt like I have wanted to do everything quick. For example as soon as you turned 4 months I thought baby rice. Then solids came along and I wanted to try her on that. Because everything is new to me I just want her to try things and hope Im doing the best I can.

When it came to the transition from Cot to Toddler bed I got a bit giddy. The thought of choosing the cutest, girlish bed made my day, plus I love nothing more than shopping. So once Heidi’s first birthday came I searched for the perfect bed and found the cutest Minnie Mouse Toddler bed.

Minnie Mouse Startime Toddler Feature Bed Price Right Home, £127.99 with mattress

Looking back now I wish I would have waited a bit longer until she was around 18 months and she was in more of a routine. Don’t get me wrong she has settled in good enough and loves her bed but I think she was maybe a bit too young.

The reason we decided to change to a toddler bed was because her little legs were constantly getting stuck in between the bars and she just needed the extra space to move around of a night. One of the problems we have now is we have to lie with her in the bed until she falls asleep. She had always slept fine in her cot but she used to fall asleep on the couch lying next to one of us then we would carry her up to bed. That’s what I meant by routine, if she was still in her cot we could of put her to bed at bedtime and learnt her to settle her self to sleep. The problem now is she will be in and out of bed and her room crying at the top of the stairs and I think she is used to one of us being there of a night to settle her.

I still forget she is only 17 months old and really only a baby, and she will probably learn to settle her self to sleep in her own time.

Here is Heidi enjoying her new bed when she first seen it. She just loves looking at her self in the mirror at the end of the bed, not that she is vain or anything haha!

Did you have any problems with transition from cot to toddler bed?

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  1. March 13, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Awww cute bed.

    Due to circumstances- moving house, having another baby etc, we've only recently moved our three-year-old to a bed! I don't think there's any right or wrong time, it depends on the child. She's been getting up v early but is slowly learning not to come in and wake us up!


  2. March 14, 2016 / 8:21 am

    We moved our little man into a toddler bed just this weekend. So far so good, although we've had to buy a side rail to stop him falling out. The first night he fell asleep quite easily but then we heard a loud thud and found him laid out flat on his tummy face down on the floor. I panicked and raced over to him, to find him fast asleep? He hadn't even woken up?? Unbelievable.

    Very cute bed by the way 😉
    Dawn x

  3. March 14, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Ah we moved our girlie before she was 2. Mainly because she refused to suddenly go in her cot. Tonnes of screaming and ended up in our bed. It worked but there was a lot of getting up and having to sit with her. Still have to be close by when she falls asleep now at 2.5 years! xx Your bed is lovely xx #fartglitter

  4. March 14, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    My two are sharing a room which is really too small for two proper beds, so we are looking into getting a bunkbed. Unfortunately, whilst my son is now too long for his cot bed, my little girl is not really big enough for a proper bed. We took her bars off for the first time last night and I had to pick her up from the floor several times during the night 🙁 !
    x Alice

  5. March 15, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Oh my that may be the best princess bed Ive ever seen! #Abitofeverything

  6. March 16, 2016 / 2:35 am

    Cute bed! My eldest moved to a bed at about two, and took to it really well. Youngest is 19 months and still in cot. Dread to think how much she'll wander when she gets a bed! But eldest had to move so that youngest could go into cot and nursery (we actually kept her in with us much longer than planned, meaning that eldest didn't have to move to a bed as young as we first thought). Youngest won't need to move until she learns to climb cot or gets sick of being in one, etc. #fartglitter

  7. March 17, 2016 / 10:50 am

    That's such a cute bed! I remember doing this with both boys and I waited until they were trying to climb out of the cot. Luckily we had a cot that could transition to a toddler bed and so it was easier because it wasn't a different bed. However saying that we did have the problems you have, I think it's just a phase and eventually she'll get there. In the end I had to let my boys cry themselves to sleep – I hated every second of it but they soon got into a good routine.

  8. March 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    What an amazing bed! The type of bed that every little girl would dream of and no wonder she wants to look at her pretty self in the mirror. It is easy to look back and say I wish I'd… I think whatever age they are transitioning to a new bed is always difficult to begin with. TY for linking up with #FamilyFun 🌸

  9. March 18, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Ah that Minnie Mouse bed is gorgeous! My daughter would love that. I moved our three kids from the cot to a single bed when they were around 3yrs old. They all loved their big boy or big girl bed & we had no issues thank goodness! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk x

  10. March 18, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Wow that bed is amazing. I don't think there is ever a right time. Each child is different My oldest went from a cot to toddler bed at 2 years 9 months, my youngest boy went in at a year as we got bunk beds for both boys, then my little girl was about 20 months. It was when they were ready. Good luck xx Thanks for linking #abitofeverything xx

  11. March 20, 2016 / 2:45 am

    How exciting! The transition from cot, to cotbed/toddler bed is a big one and I completely understand what it is like with your first one and racing towards each of the milestones eagerly as I was exactly the same. But it sounds like Heidi is doing really well for it. I guess you live and you learn is what I've found out 😉 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  12. March 20, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    That is a very cute bed! We moved Little Miss H to a toddler bed when she was a little over two. We had just moved house and as she was in a new environment, then we thought that we would kill two birds with one stone and move her to a big bed too. I think the combination of the move and that, unsettled her. And in the end we had to resort to sleep training as we had months and months where we barely got any sleep. But now she goes to bed awake every night. She settles herself and sleeps through. I don't think there is a right or wrong time for when you do these things. I think that you have to do what is right for your family. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  13. March 22, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    What a cute bed for your little one. She must love it to pieces. So magical with the characters on it. We loved moving B into his big boy bed and soon MM will be when her new bed arrives too. The transition just seems so grown up doesn't it? Thanks for linking up to Share With Me and the continual support. #sharewithme

  14. March 27, 2016 / 12:27 am

    Love the bed! My eldest never slept in the cot at night so we put her in a toddler bed around 18/19 months to try and get her out of our bed. She was a terrible sleeper and always ended up in our bed. She's much better now though. #shareitsunday x

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