Parents are faced with numerous firsts when it comes to raising children. Our parents had to learn the hard way. Sometimes learning by mistakes. Nowadays, there is an abundance of parental advice online. Although much of it comes naturally to a child, many things need parental advice and support, such as toilet training, eating and dressing. One question I hear a lot is, what age should a child move to their own bed. And are there children’s beds available?
Many parents have a cot all ready for the arrival of their new-born. A question we get asked a lot is, should the new-born be in it’s own room or in the parents bedroom? Some parents worry that the child may become over-reliant on the parents the longer it stays with them. All children eventually move into their own room. It’s the timing that is the hard part. Whenever you feel comfortable, is probably the best answer. I’ve known parents to move the crib gradually away from their own bed. This makes the transition less noticeable for the new-born.
A cot to a bed is a big step. There is no real right or wrong answer here. Studies suggest anytime between eighteen months and three years. We moved our little boy to a cot when he had just turned two. It brings a tear to my eye as I fondly remember all those times standing over his little cot. Routines are important to maintain. The transition will seem less noticeable if bedtime remains the same and stories continue before nap-time.
It’s important to remember safety when looking at childrens beds. Kids roll, flip and flop in their sleep. A suitable safety barrier should be erected to prevent a child rolling out of bed. Bedrails come in all shapes and sizes and are temporarily in place while your child makes the transition. A headboard will also prevent a child from getting trapped between the bed and the wall as they flip like a kipper. I’ve seen my own child asleep in almost a handstand. No joke.
A gate placed at the top and bottom of the stairs is an extra security measure. Children will wander in the middle of the night looking for their cot or their parent’s bedroom. A suggestion is to take the cot apart and remove it from the house altogether. I’ve heard stories of children hurting themselves as they attempt to climb into a cot in the middle of the night.
Childrens Bedroom Furniture
Why not try the Serene Single Bed which comes in a gloss ping finish with a spring slatted base to fit a standard single mattress. Or perhaps you might like to try the Marbella Bunk Bed which is perfect for active children.
All our kids beds are beautifully designed and put together with safety first.