Many parents don't know when to make the transition from cot to crib in the most natural way possible. That is, without the baby noticing one of the most important changes in his or her growth. In this article, we've put together a few tips for this once-in-a-lifetime process. It's precisely because it's so special that we want you to remember it with a smile.

When is the best time to switch from a crib to a toddler bed?

Observing children is essential for making decisions that affect them directly. This is one of those times when you need to pay particular attention to little gestures. Often, it's the baby himself who will send you signals that he's ready.

  • For example, if he tries to climb and jump out of bed, it's a sign that it's time to change him.
  • Another sign of change is that your child has grown out of bed.
  • If he's potty training, he should be able to get up whenever he wants to relieve himself. This will encourage his independence and ease the transition of his hygiene habits.

In reality, there isn't a great deal of research on the subject, but a recent study conducted at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and published in the journal Sleep Medicine indicates exactly when to make the transition from crib to big bed: at the age of 3. It also explains that this helps reduce night-time awakenings.

Mattress, box spring and undersheet for children

This pack includes :

1 mattress of your choice

1 box spring

1 fitted sheet of your choice

1 anti-fall barrier (optional)

The adventure of sleeping in bed! How do you make the transition from a cot to a child's bed?

When the most eagerly-awaited night arrives, you can apply these tips to make everything more comfortable and natural.

  • First of all, share the new stage you're about to embark on together. It's important that your child is involved and can give you feedback. A negative attitude may be another sign that you should wait a little longer.
  • Take one of his favorite stuffed animals to bed with you. This will make him feel more secure. We also recommend frequent visits, especially on the first few nights.
  • avoid making the change coincide with the arrival of a sibling at home, as this could arouse jealousy.
  • You can start with a nap in his "big bed". If the sensations are good, he'll be ready for the night-time routine.
  • If your child is in a period where other important changes coincide, such as potty training or a new nursery, it's advisable to postpone this transition so as not to create more anxiety.
  • It can be helpful to involve your child in the process. If you let him express himself and choose sheets, blankets or accessories he likes, he'll appreciate his new space more and feel more at ease.

From a bed with bars to a bed that grows with the child: what should it look like?

As you can see, many factors influence this important change. It's not an exact science. In the meantime, you can get on with finding the best bed for your child. The sooner you start gathering information and comparing options, the easier it will be to choose.

Another ally for these months is the children's bed rail, which allows your child to sleep safely in his or her "adult bed". It's easy to use and helps prevent falls during the first weeks or months. As it is simply installed between the mattress and the box spring, without screws, it won't damage your child's bed.

Why is it easier than it seems to go from a cot to a full-size bed?

Although the study cited above recommends the switch at 3 years of age, if you think your baby is ready sooner, don't hesitate. In reality, it's the child's development that will determine this decision. The same applies if he or she is a little delayed. Don't be hasty, and try to respect your child's rhythm, whatever happens.

As in many other areas, experts can also help you, but above all, common sense and instinct will guide you through this exciting stage. Of course, if you're looking for inspiration, don't forget you can count on us.