So if you follow my social media pages, you will see that we have recently just experienced the #cottobed transition with George, so I thought this would be a great time to share my advice and tips from a personal perspective and also as a #sleepcoach of course!
When to do it…
I think I will start by writing about WHEN it's a good time to make this transition because this is really important.
I would recommend avoiding this change before the age of around 30 months. The reason for this is because before this age, little ones may not quite understand the concept of getting into bed and staying in bed to go to sleep - having said that, some littles cope with it absolutely fine but this is definitely something to be mindful of.
If there is any change upcoming such as starting preschool or nursery, a new sibling or a house move etc. I would suggest either making the move well before the change, or give things time to settle and do it after. Too much change for a little one can be quite unsettling for them.
If you are facing #sleepchallenges, it's not a great time to change things unless you feel the specific issue is being caused by the bars. For example, we decided to make the transition because George was shouting so loud in the mornings asking to get out and go to the toilet, that it was waking his sister. We knew he was at an age where it was appropriate to make the change and we knew that making the change would solve this problem. If your little one has always been an unsettled sleeper or sleep has recently become a challenge for whatever reason, it's probably not the right time. Aim to make the change when things are more settled.
You may find yourself in a position where you need to make the change earlier than 30 months if your little one is climbing out of the cot. There are so many options to resolve climbing out of a cot which I will save for another blog post but from a safety aspect, it's important that you eliminate any risk of injury and you could do this by changing to a bed.
Other things to consider…
Other things to consider when you think about this change in addition to the above are: