About a month ago Theo made the move from a cot to a big bed. At nearly three you could be forgiven for wondering why it took us so long, but a look at where we were sleeping during our renovations may explain it all!
Although the swap was mostly trouble free, as is always the case, we learned a few things along the way...
Switch bedding before you switch beds
Because Theo was in his cotbed for so long he outgrew his sleeping bags and we had no choice but to introduce a duvet. This switch was a bumpy ride. He hated the feel of something over him and no amount of car duvet covers could persuade him otherwise, but by the time he switched to a bed he was used to this type of bedding which meant it was one less change to contend with.
Buying a folding bedrail, not a bed with a guard
When we stayed in the Isle Of Wight in May, the hotel provided a BabyDan bed guard for Theo's room. We were so pleased with it, that we bought exactly the same model from BabyDino for Theo's bed. It has two advantages over a bed with inbuilt guards. Firstly it can be removed when the child gets older and secondly you can take it with you when you go on holiday or stay away from home. It's very easy to fit too.
Buy bedding for all seasons
Buying a single bed is an expensive purchase and it's very tempting to scrimp and just buy enough bedding for now. The problem is that the moment when you will need a spare duvet cover, or a different weight duvet or a single flat sheet (on a hot night) will be at 2am, when your child can't sleep or have just been ill. In my opinion you need at least a summer and winter weight duvet, a mattress protector, four sheets (including one which isn't fitted) and three duvet covers. Dunelm & Ikea are really good for doing this on a budget...
...But a cheap mattress will probably do
The mattress we bought cost less than £70 and it's perfectly adequate. In fact I have had a lay down on it myself (don't tell anyone) and nearly fell asleep. I work on the principle that it won't have the life span of an adult mattress (due to inevitable accidents) and have budgeted accordingly.