Have you done everything to prepare your toddler for the move from cot to bed?

In a Survey undertaken by The Children’s Sleep Charity it was interesting to read that almost 60% of parents, who responded, said they were worried about moving their toddler from a cot into a bed.

In fact, almost 50% of parents said their biggest worry when considering the move as the fact their toddler may not sleep well after the move.

This could be a combination of worries really. Concerns for the child, but also for the whole family. As we all know broken nights when you have siblings in the house and adults who need to work are a real problem.

Almost 85% of parents said they had prepared their child for the move into a bed by speaking positively about this change and buying new bedding.

It is always a good idea to introduce change gradually and prepare your child for something new. Maybe buy something new which can be introduced in their cot ready to be taken into the new bed. Children like familiarity and quickly form sleep associations which can help form positive sleep habits.

There is always a lot of discussion about the age a toddler should be moved from a cot into a first bed. Just as toddlers walk and talk at different ages it is important to recognise this move can happen at different stages for different families. There are also external situations to consider too. There could be another baby who needs the cot, so it may be more important to introduce the move into a first bed an earlier stage than another family. Also, some toddlers are going to just be ready for the move at an earlier age than others.

Young children can be very clever at giving us signs, so we need to be alert to recognising them. One parent wrote: It took us a good week or so of restless nights and fighting with the boy before we understood what he was trying to tell us.

Toddlers are often very keen to become independent and feel proud of their achievements. If they are ready to be a ‘big boy or girl’ it is important we, as parents, recognise this.

Toddler Snuggle Sacs are sleeping bags designed specifically for young children as they make the move from a cot to a first bed. Some toddlers enjoy choosing their own Snuggle Sac and regard it as a sign they are becoming a big boy or girl. They can use this as their new bedding just before they move out of the cot and it can then travel with them into the big bed.

Once the move has been made, and your toddler is sleeping soundly at home it then becomes easy to stay away from home, go on holiday, long car journeys etc… as the Snuggle Sac just travels with you.

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