What age is right for changing from a cot to a bed for children.

Vanessa - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Im thinking about changing my daughter into a 'big bed'. What age is a good time to start the transition. My daughter is 2yrs old. Is that too early? Any tips for keeping her there once i change would be great too. Thanks

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Tracy - posted on 03/24/2009

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My daughter has been in a big bed since she was 16 months because we had a new baby and did not want to buy another crib. We started with just the mattress of the bed on the floor so she could get use to it and did not have to worry if she fell out. We also put up a gate at the entrance of her room so she won't leave.

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2009

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I put my daughter in her own single "big" bed (with railings because she is always moving) at 2 and half years old.  2 years old should be good. She's strong enough and big enough that she won't suffocate etc, like a small baby would. They suggest that there be no space between the mattress and the wall because they might get stuck and not be able to move (same reasons as cribs).  Keeping her in? (If you find that too tricky for you to manage at this time, don't hesitate to still use the crib. )    My daughter could get out of her bed, but it was safe in her room to do so, and we just gated off the door so we could keep it open to hear her.  It a process ;o)  Good luck!

Wendy - posted on 03/24/2009

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I have just put my son in a big boy bed 4 days ago. He will be 3 in June. If your daughter is not attempting to climb out of her crib, I would keep her in there as long as possible (especially if you think she is going to keep coming out). My son has yet to come out of his bed - which was a big surprise to us because he is a little devil. We decided to transition him to a bed so that in the summer I can concentrate on potty training. I didn't want to bombard him with too many changes at once!



Good luck :) 

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