When is the right time to transition to a “big kids bed”?

If you’ve been stressing about the “right” age to start transitioning your little one from a cot to a bed, take a breath and relax, there is no “perfect” age.

The right time to transition your child will depend on a lot of factors including what works for you and your family. While it’s true that most little ones will move from their cot to a bed between the ages of 2-3 ½, there really are no hard and fast rules.

To make the transition to their first big kids bed, we’ve come up with a few tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Things to consider before making the move to a ‘big kids bed’:

  • Are they ready?
  • Comfort items
  • Safety and falling out of bed
  • Routine
  • Making it fun and exciting!

Are They Ready?

They might tell you, they might start climbing out of their cot or it might just be the right time for you and your family.

Whatever the reason, try not to let external pressures influence your decision. Every child is different and every situation is different, so what works for someone else might not be ideal for you.

Comfort Items

If your little one has a favourite toy, blanket or bedtime routine don’t forget to include it as part of the transition.

With such a big change, the safety and security of that favourite blanket or toy becomes ever more important.

Falling Out Of Bed

Many parents worry about their little ones falling out of a single bed. A great tip is to tuck a pool noodle lengthways under the bottom sheet.

Adding the noodle to the edge of the bed often provides enough of a lip to prevent the child from rolling out.

If you’re still concerned about your child falling out of bed you can place their mattress directly on floor while they get used to their new sleep environment.


Nothing throws a toddler off balance like a change in routine. When transitioning to a big kid’s bed try to keep the rest of their routine as consistent as possible.

If it can be avoided, try not to travel until your child has completely adjusted to sleeping in a big kid’s bed. 

Make It Exciting!

The change from a cot to a big kid’s bed can be pretty daunting for kids and parents alike.

Celebrating the transition by shopping for the new bed, setting it up or even choosing sheets together helps turns the transition into something to celebrate.

Don’t forget that choosing a quality kid’s bed is very important. Your little one will only want to sleep in their new bed if it is comfortable and supportive.

Choosing Sleepmaker’s Australian made single beds for your child is a top option, made from local materials and providing superior support.

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