The transition from cot to ‘big kid bed' is a huge milestone for toddlers. Here are our tips on choosing a kids mattress and making the move as easy as possible.
There are plenty of reasons why you're looking to move your little one from a cot to a ‘big kid' bed and there’s no right time to do it.
Perhaps you're evicting the current tenant to free up space for a new arrival. Many parents make the move when they realise they've got a mini-Lara Croft or Indiana Jones on their hand who's keen on climbing out of their cot to explore. When it becomes clear your tot is a climber, a proper bed just makes exploration a bit safer.
And finally, you (and your little one) could have just decided it's time to make the transition from a cot to a ‘big kid bed'.
Moving from a cot to a bed is an exciting time milestone for your little one, but, just like other big changes, it can also cause some insecurities.
While each child is different – and you’re the best judge of what will work for your kid – we've gathered a few tips and ideas to make this move as fun and easy as possible.
Nothing gives a kid more ownership over a change than feeling like they get to make some decisions.
Your toddler will love helping to choose their new bed frame and sheets and this is a great opportunity to let them express their personality.
If you're not buying a new bed frame (and you don't have to), you could still let your child choose a new colour to paint it or a fabric cover – with the added benefit of being able to change this as they get older and their tastes shift.
Let your child help set up their bed too. They could pop the pillow cases on their pillows, tuck the sheets in and help get the mattress into place.
Moving into a new bed is a great time to reinforce a bedtime routine, especially when the absence of a cot sides means your little one can get out of bed any time they want. While creating some fun energy around introducing a new bed is great, when it comes to their actual bedtime stick to pretty much the same routine as when your toddler had the cot.
Of course, the benefit of a single bed means there's now room for mum or dad to snuggle in at storytime. This extra closeness just before lights out can help reinforce a sense of security and comfort for your child in their bigger bed.
Growing bodies need support, and considering the average toddler sleeps 10-12 hours a day, a good mattress is essential.
A combination of pocket springs for support with a latex and foam top for comfort will help ensure your kid sleeps through the night and wakes up ready to tackle each day.
When it comes to firmness, remember that most kids move around a lot during the night. They might find a firm mattress too hard, which is why we suggest a medium mattress for younger kids. Of course, if your little one finds the mattress too hard or soft, we'll be happy to send out a replacement topper.
We've manufactured our mattress to provide 10 years of sleep support and comfort, which means it'll support your child through bedtime stories, sleepovers, sick days and three thousand nights of sleep.