Many parents are concerned about moving their child from their cot to a toddler bed either too soon or too late. There are some general guidelines but it really comes down to each individual child. While age and size can help provide some indicators, much of it depends on the child’s mental and emotional development as to whether they are ready to handle this dramatic change in their life.
If the child is starting to climb out of the cot then you definitely need to start the process of moving him/her from the cot into a toddler bed, as there is too great of a risk that the child can fall and injure themselves.
If your child is getting on for 3 foot tall you should think about moving them out of the cot as they are just getting too large for the average cot. When ever you feel the child is too big, or active for their cot you can move them. If the child has started potty training they will need to be in a bed to allow them to get up and use the bathroom as needed.
Some children can be safely moved to a toddler bed anywhere from 18 months onwards. Many child experts recommend that you wait until the child is closer to 3 before moving them. This is a big change for most children, they are giving up their familiar and comfortable cot that they have known all their lives. This can make it a very stressful situation for the child, if it seems to be causing undue stress for your little one you are certainly better off to hold off and wait a little longer before moving the child.
If your toddler is climbing out of their cot yet resists being moved to a toddler bed you do have some alternatives. You could install a cot tent on the cot. This is a framework covered with a mesh like cloth that appears very similar to the popular dome tents. This mounts on the top of the rails of the cot and fully encloses it to keep the baby from climbing out of the cot and possibly injuring themselves.
Whenever you do decide to move the child try to get them excited about it and carefully monitor how they are reacting to the change.