A first adult bed is a big deal for any child. It’s a massive milestone moment for both you and them. It also means finally getting rid of that bulky cot! There’s just one problem; even a child who thinks they can’t wait for the change, may struggle to adjust. Going from a cot to a bed is a big deal. It’s changing everything they are used to at night time and you could be in for some disturbed nights whilst they adjust to the change. The days and weeks after this transition can become a bedtime bedlam which leaves everyone missing out on sleep.
To help ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, it’s important to get the bed right. Here are some tips for ensuring the bed is the right choice and comfortable too:
Consider a bed with sides
Those crib bars are likely one of the main reasons for your desire to change here. Up to a certain age, they become a hazard rather than a help. Yet, those bars create a real sense of safety for a little one. And, your child has been sleeping in that protection since day one. It should come as no surprise that not having anything on the edge of the bed could be a bit of a shock to the system. It could also stop them from getting the sleep they need. To make sure that doesn’t happen, consider a bed with sides. Character beds, for instance, often have raised sides. If you can’t find a bed which fits, you could even invest in rails which you attach. Over time, you may find your child can do without. But, these can make a massive difference during that transition period. It will also provide you with peace of mind that they can’t fall out in the night, or it’s less likely they will.
No one can sleep if they’re uncomfortable, and your little one is no different. The trouble is, even the most top-of-the-range mattress is going to be a far cry from the foam crib they’re used to. Suddenly, they’ll have springs to contend with. The good news is there are ways to ease that change. One option would be to invest in a foam mattress. This will still be a change, but it’s much closer to what they know and may be easier to get used to. Or, you could do a little research into mattress toppers. Toppers, often made of foam, sit on top of the mattress for added comfort. And, guess what? They’re a lot like the crib bottom your child is used to. If they can’t sleep one of these could well do the job.
How many pillows?
It’s also worth noting that an introduction to beds means an introduction to pillows. Putting a child straight in a bed with two pillows is sure to leave them with neck ache and discomfort. To make sure it doesn’t happen, build up slowly. Use one pillow, and see how that goes. And, remember, you don’t need to introduce another if your child gets along fine as they are.
Why not involve your child in the bed buying process too? Make it fun and let them help to choose the bed as they will be the one sleeping in it. There are lots of fun beds available such as character beds and when they are older even loft beds or beds with slides! Ben is keen to build a loft bed for Bella our daughter who is now six years old. Not only will this be fun for her to sleep so high up, but it will also create a lot more space in her bedroom. If you can’t find the bed you need then consider DIYing a bed if you have the skills!