Transition to a toddler bed with the Sleepyhead Grand

Transition to a toddler bed with the Sleepyhead Grand

In the bliss – or rather, blur - of the first year of parenthood, it’s hard to imagine the day you’ll be transitioning your little one into a proper toddler bed. It is a bittersweet moment. Seeing your baby gain independence and become a real little person of their own.

What is the best age to transition to a toddler bed?

So when is the best time to transition to a toddler bed? As with most transitional stages, the answer is different for everyone. Most importantly, it is about when your toddler is ready. It is all too easy to worry or compare to those around you.

But only you can decide when is best for you and your little one. Perhaps they are climbing out of their cot and you are concerned about safety. Or maybe they are starting to feel more grown up. With potty training, starting preschool and dressing themselves, they may decide they are too old for a cot anymore.

Whatever the reason, at some point you’ll be preparing to make the move.

A familiar environment

Sleepyhead Grand pod

The Sleepyhead Grand is a great way to ease the transition to a child’s bed. It is the larger version of the Sleepyhead pod they are already so familiar with.

When the time comes to take the leap, the Sleepyhead Grand can move with them. They can continue to feel snug and secure even as the rest of their environment changes. The raised sides will also help avoid any bumps or bruises from falling out of a new toddler bed.

How can you ease the transition?

Another great way to smooth the transition is to get your little one excited about his or her new bed. You could take them shopping with you to pick out new covers and pillow cases. Moving bed should feel like a treat – a reward for being grown up and showing improved sleep habits.

One of our favourite toddler bed trends is the adorable house bed. The minimalist, Scandinavian style of the bed frame means it can suit whatever design you choose. Use wall stickers, bunting or fairy-lights to turn the new bed into your little one’s haven.

Sleepyhead Grand pods in nurseries Photos (clockwise from top left): @sophiavictoriajoy , @morganalundberg , @teoyolivia , @oakpointandapple

With a little imagination, your toddler’s new bed can become anything from a palace to a treehouse or a fort. Let them make the space their own – a magical spot that brings them comfort and a sense of independence.

Also, the house bed style is constructed so that the mattress lies directly on the ground. So there is no need to worry about your little one falling as they climb in and out of bed.

house bed frame from The Otto House
Image: @theottohouse

This version by House About Kids comes in bunkbed form. If your toddler has an older sibling, this style is ideal for space saving. What’s more, it could be a lovely way to get both kids excited about sharing a room together.

How long does it take to transition from cot to bed?

Every child is different and it is hard to predict, even as a parent, how they might react to the change. One way to speed the process is to get them used to their new bed in advance.

In the weeks leading up to the move, keep chatting about their new bed. You can introduce the Grand pod as a cosy place to relax around the house. Use it during the day for story time and general play. This will ensure it feels safe and familiar once it becomes their bed. That sense of security is essential for helping your toddler to settle and not get upset when they stir or wake in the night.

How do you stop them getting out of bed?

With the newfound freedom of a toddler bed, come new challenges. While your child getting out of bed on their own is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be all negative. Snuggling at bedtime and not needing to lift them in and out of the cot are just some of the advantages. Not to mention staying in bed a little longer in the morning if your toddler is happy playing in their room.

The most important first step is to ensure that the room is safe for a toddler to be left alone. Make sure furniture is properly attached to the wall in case you have a little one who likes to climb.

Next, try to create a calming environment by tidying away toys and other distractions. If there are less temptations around the room, they are more likely to stay put. Perhaps a few carefully selected books or soft toys could help keep them settled longer if they wake early. A toddler clock or alarm clock can help them understand routines and keep them in bed until morning.

Take your time

The transition to a toddler bed can be a really positive step. But don’t panic if you aren’t yet ready to make the move. You can purchase a Sleepyhead Grand from our online store , allowing your little one to grow up at their own pace. There are a range of delightful designs that they will love when the time comes to move on from the Deluxe.