It’s that scary, horrible time in every parent’s life, when your baby becomes too big for their crib and you’ve got to consider a bed.

Of course, it’s not the bed that’s the scary part. It’s the fact that your child is growing up so quickly!

Realistically, moving on to a bed shouldn’t be an alarming time for parents, rather it should be an exciting time for the whole family. Especially when beds can look so fun!

Julian Bowen BedsThere isn’t really a specific time where you should think about the switch from a crib to a bed, but generally speaking it tends to be from around 18 months to 3 years old. Most children will be ready to move on to a bed closer to the 3 mark though, as this is when your toddler is most likely to be ready to understand and be excited for their own little bed. However, you may need to buy your child a bed younger if you find they are overactive in their crib (bringing concerns of them injuring themselves by trying to climb out) or are simply just too big to fit in their crib anymore.

Another reason for moving your child onto a bed is due to another baby arriving, and in this case, it’s important that you give your child plenty of time – at least 6 to 8 weeks – to get used to their new bed. As the last thing you want is an unsettled toddler who won’t sleep coupled with a new-born baby. That’s one way that ensures nobody in the house will be getting enough sleep!

You can also consider waiting until your new-born is around 3 months old before moving your toddler into a child’s bed, as it’s likely that your new-born will be in your own bedroom until that time. These extra months will allow your toddler time to get used to their new brother or sister, and can also be a great way to make your toddler be excited for a new bed – as they’ll feel like the daring older sibling.

Just keep in mind, if your toddler isn’t ready for the switch, don’t rush into it just because you’ve got another baby on the way. There’s nothing worse than finding out too late that the cost of a second crib was nothing in comparison to the tears and trauma of a child who isn’t ready for their own bed yet. Especially if they’re feeling protective of their belongings and don’t want to give up what’s theirs, such as a crib.

As with anything associated with our children, some children will take a bed swap far easier than others, however, it’s often found that first born children handle the change worse. This is due to the fact that younger siblings want to be like their big brother or sister and will jump at the chance to have that ‘grown-up’ bed.

To make the change easier on yourself, you should make the process fun and inclusionary by letting your child look at beds, even taking them to a bed store to look at them. You should also aim to put your new bed where their crib was, as this will help the transition by not having too much of a change.

Covers and blankets are also important, be sure to have covers with characters that they love, as this will make their new bed more inviting. Sheets with Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol are all readily available from various shops and supermarkets these days for a reasonable price. You can also consider keeping a blanket from their crib so that there’s a little of the familiar there too. Always emphasise the point of their new bed being a ‘big-kid’ bed, that way your child will feel important, especially if they get to choose the bed and covers.

If you’re looking for a kid’s bed and don’t know where to start, have a look at our online range and feel free to contact us with any questions or worries about the switch.