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Moving your toddler to a bed: 4 essential items

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

If it’s time to take your toddler out of the cot and into a bed, consider these four helpful products.

Once your child hits the toddler stage, it’s usually time to start thinking about moving them from their cot that suddenly feels rather small into a spacious bed or cot bed.

Make this milestone as memorable as possible with the help of these three items to set your child on their way to great night’s sleep in the grown-up world of beds.

Little Slumbers Luxury Cotton Bed Set

£Little Slumbers Luxury Cotton Bed Set, £15

This 4 tog duvet is made from 100 per cent cotton on the outside, while the filling is made from 100 per cent polyester. It also comes with a soft pillow. The set is part of Slumberdown’s Allergy Protection Range and has an Allergy UK seal of approval Developed for kids three years and above. Because of the particular fibres the duvet is filled with, it provides great asthma, allergy and dust mite protection. And it’s light enough to prevent overheating, yet enough to keep your child warm and cosy during the night. The duvet measures a decent 120x150cm, which is an ideal size for cot beds or even a single bed, and the pillow is perfect for little heads at 60x40cm. This is an overall excellent choice for your child’s first duvet and pillow set and it can be both machine washed and tumble dried for total convenience.

£15 |

Hippychick Dream Tubes

Hippychick Dream Tubes, £43.49

It’s understandable that, when moving your toddler out of a cot and into a bed for the first time, you might be concerned your child could roll out of the bed while sleeping. This is where Hippychick’s superb and practical set of inflatable dream tubes comes in. Simply place the bed sheet (90x200cm), which fits any standard bet and cot bed, over your child’s mattress as you would a normal bed sheet. Then inflate the two tubes included in the pack and insert them in the specially designed pockets on either side of the sheet, which zip up to keep them securely in place at all times. Your child will then be safely kept on their mattress should then roll over in the night — they work a treat. What’s more, the tubes can be deflated and folded up, so you easily take the sheet and tubes with you on trips away.

£43.49 |

 Clevamama ClevaFoam Toddler Pillow

Clevamama ClevaFoam Toddler Pillow, £27.50

When transitioning your toddler from a cot to a bed, it can be easy to overlook the pillow in favour of buying the right type of duvet. However, it’s just as important to consider what your child’s head will be laying itself on all night. The ClevaFoam pillow is available at  JoJo Maman Bébé and is a brilliantly comfortable and caring piece of head support for your child. Your child’s head will mould the pillow to their specific contours, reducing pressure to the head by 50 per cent and providing 80 per cent more support. It also helps keep the head and spine aligned correctly. The cover is also handily removable and machine washable. When it comes to finding the right pillow, this one feels like an essential buy.

£27.50 |

But remember that this transition isn’t always about just the bedding…

Lumie Bedbug

This extremely cute and compact-sized bedside light works wonders for helping toddlers calm down and get ready for sleep. The LED light inside the sweet-faced bug has an adjustable low-blue light that won’t distract your child in the way that, for example, TV or phone light does – yet it’s bright enough for reading a bedtime story. There are also two nighlight options, one more intense than the other, for when it’s time to settle down to sleep. And the 15-minute sunset option let the light gently fade to either nightlight level or completely off. Also, the soft casing means that if your child picks the light up and drops it, it’s less likely to cause it damage. We love this practical little bug and we’re sure any toddler will love it too.

£59.95 |