Toddler bed and single bed, what’s the difference?

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There is no written rule as to when your child should transition from their cot to a traditional bed. As kids continue to grow from baby to toddler to teenager, as a parent you need to ensure that your child has the perfect bed to suit them and it is important to know that there is a range of options available.

At approximately 3 years old most children move from a cot into a traditional single bed to improve their comfort and to ensure they suitably fit their bed. Whether it’s a toddler bed or a full-sized single mattress, pick a bed they’ll love getting into each night is really important. The younger members of the family will adore their own smaller bed as they transition from cot to their brand new ‘big’ bed.


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A toddler bed comfortably and safely accommodate kids and toddlers alike and bring plenty of style to any children’s bedroom. For younger children, specifically toddlers, a single bed can be overwhelming and feel too big so a toddler bed (or starter bed as they are also known by) may be less challenging for them to get used to and safer for them to sleep in. A Toddlers Bed is the perfect transitional bed for any little one and can last way beyond the traditional toddler years. It is slightly smaller than a traditional single bed and is often closer to the floor, so kids don’t feel like they’ve made a huge jump from a cot to a big bed.

With built-in toddler bed rails to keep your wrigglers securely tucked up at night, you won’t need to worry about their transition to a bed. A Toddlers bed is also a brilliant space-saving idea in small bedrooms, especially when moving to a mid or high sleeper to maximise space simply isn’t an option at such a young age.


What age is suitable for a toddler bed?

Toddler beds are a perfect choice for those younger children at approximately 30 months and older who are ready to move away from a cot but may feel lost in a full-size single bed. For many children a cot becomes unsafe as they can climb the railings and may injure themselves so, a starter bed is a perfect solution.

A toddler bed is a little bit smaller to make your little ones feel more secure and provide you with peace of mind that they are in a bed suitable for their age range. There is no set minimum or maximum guidance on suitability for toddler beds as all children grow and develop differently, however, it is worth noting that once your child is reaching the length of the bed then for their comfort it may be worth investing in a traditional single bed or perhaps even a mid or a high sleeper depending on their needs and specifics regarding bedroom space.


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Your number 1 priority when making sure you’re kids get a great night sleep should be the bed and the mattress. If it is uncomfy, lacks support or isn’t right for the room, then chances are your kids won’t get a good night’s sleep.

Kids are far more aware of their surroundings than we often give them credit for, so make sure to do your research and invest in a range of beds that work to get your kids to sleep each night.

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