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vicdubya Wed 26-Jan-05 13:57:42

Roughly what age do toddlers usually move from cot to big bed?

We have a cot on loan but it has to go back to sis in the summer cos she is pg.

Ds will be about 18 months by then.

Would be much easier not to have to go down the cot bed route but think that's too early for him to go into a big bed (well, small toddler bed, which we can also borrow).

Although he's turning into a bit of a climber so probably be climbing out of the cot by then anyway.


flashingnose Wed 26-Jan-05 13:59:58

What about a big bed with a removeable side rail?

As to when they're old enough, I'd say it depends on the child and how likely they are to be a jack-in-the-box . But 18 months sounds fine to me.

nailpolish Wed 26-Jan-05 14:00:21

my dd was 18 mths. we got a bed guard also though

flashingnose Wed 26-Jan-05 14:01:26

Bed guard!! Couldn't think of what they were called!!

nailpolish Wed 26-Jan-05 14:06:02

lol fn! i couldnt think either and had to go to toys r us website to find out

just to add, my dd has been great in her big bed, the bedguard helped a lot

flashingnose Wed 26-Jan-05 14:08:24

It's funny isn't it? I was dreading them moving as I thought they'd be terrible (especially ds) but if anything they slept better, possibly because of having more space. Just dd2 to go now!

vicdubya Wed 26-Jan-05 21:27:38

Oh that's OK then, sounds like we won't have to shell out.

Did you have a gate on their bedroom door or shut it, or what?

Ds is such a monkey already don;t think I'll want him roaming all over the place.

nailpolish Thu 27-Jan-05 08:22:32

my dd is such a lazy madam she doesnt get out of the bed on her own, just shouts for me to go and get her when she wakes! because she was young when we put her in the big bed, i still dont think she realises she can get out on her own. we also shut the door tight, i dont think she could open it herself, its quite stiff. but i know others who use a stairgate across the bedroom door, especially if the bedroom is upstairs.

she will get out of bed one day on her own, and im dreading that day she comes into my room, i will get the biggest fright of my life!

pickledonion Thu 27-Jan-05 08:26:09

dd was nearly 2 and went into a toddler bed - as much such a big step from cot to toddler bed

flatmouse Thu 27-Jan-05 08:30:00

DS was 22 months and he went straight to normal bed (but pine one not divan!) with no guard - put cushions on floor - he only fell out once or twice.
Plan on moving DD to bed when her room is decorated, so in a couple of weeks! She'll be about 19 months.

gscrym Thu 27-Jan-05 09:20:39

DS just into big bed this week and he's 2 and a bit. He fell out once and got up once. We put one of those soft mess gates on his door so that if he walked into it, it wouldn't hurt. We also had a rail on for one night but when he managed to lauch himself over it during the night. Apart from that, he's been fine.

hippi Thu 27-Jan-05 10:46:36

Moved dd in a toddler bed at 19 months. She was fine, although we do have a stairgate in front of her door so she can't get out - went through a little phase not too long ago, but she's now two.

Frizbe Thu 27-Jan-05 22:32:30

Double check the width of the door tho, as we brought a gate to go on dd's door and the gate was too big/doorframe too small (bloomin new houses for you, trying to fit more rooms in a smaller space!) turns out when we measured all the doors, as got curious the double bedrooms have normal size door ways, n dd's single room has been squeezed in...hmph....gate is now on stairs instead..

nerdgirl Thu 27-Jan-05 22:42:40

We moved our two into big beds when they were 2 and a half.

Bought bunkbeds but didn't raise them up until the boys went to school.

It meant that the beds came with proper sides and a space to climb in down the bottom so they could get out but couldn't fall out.

Fran1 Thu 27-Jan-05 22:49:48

I moved dd to a matress on the floor at 18mths because she hated her cot so much, but i was too afraid of her falling out of a bed. For the first few weeks we'd often hear her head bump on the floor as she'd wriggld off the matress, and i'd go in and put her back. After that she seemed to "learn" not to wriggle so we have since bought a bed with a small rail at the head end and she has never fallen out.

mishi1977 Fri 28-Jan-05 15:10:21

hi my ds went into bed at 12mths but he has the tomy bedguard on and also a gate on his door..mainly because his door doesnt shut so its as much to kepe the dog out as him

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