5. Making the move from cot to bed
The exact age a child is ready to move from a cot to a bed is usually between 18 months and three years.
Most often, toddlers won't be ready to cope with the overwhelming expanse of an adult-sized bed. As an temporary step, it's helpful to bridge the gap with a cot bed or smaller-scale starter bed that still allows kids to feel snug and cosy.
A 'cot bed' is a large cot with sides that you can remove later to convert into a bed.
Buying a quality mattress is important because it provides children with the correct support for their growing bones and muscles – which can’t be underestimated. Quality mattresses are designed to support their spines in correct orthopaedic alignment and have just the right comfort layers to cradle them.
Suitable mattress types range from foam to sprung beds. However, mattresses made with memory foam aren’t recommended for very young children.