Cot to Bed Transition: When and How?

Thinking of moving your little one from a cot to a big bed but not sure when and how to do it, here are some tips and tricks to master the transition like a pro!


  • I would recommend that your child is over the age of 2 and a half and close to the age of three
  • When your toddler is able to climb out of the cot
  • The moment your toddler does climb out of the cot- a big safety issue


  1. Involve your toddler in the transition and discuss the move to a big bed prior to the transition. Make the transition as smooth as possible as for most toddlers they would have come to know and love their cot as a familiar and safe place.
  2. Ensure you use a bed rail so your toddler does not fall out of bed.
  3. Ensure that your child’s room is safe as they are now able to get out of bed quite easily. This means safety guards on electric points, fixing any furniture that they may be able to climb, ensuring any chords are inaccessible and popping toys away to discourage middle of the night play.
  4. Keep your child in their sleeping bag. It is not until the age of 4 that they are able to put the doona back on themselves and keeping their sleeping bag will ensure they don’t become cold overnight.
  5. For older children a sleep tool such as a Gro clock can be an excellent to use. Discuss the clock with your child and set a suitable wakeup time of your choice and teach your toddler to stay put until the Gro clock shows that it is time to get up out of bed and start the day.

If your toddler is getting out of bed throughout the night and morning be sure to implement a settling technique and implement it consistently to encourage them to stay in their bed.

If you need help with your child’s sleep or have any questions – please contact me