Getting Joshua into a toddler bed was always at the bottom of my list. I just didn’t trust him to stay in bed, and not get out, due to his wild and adventurous personality. We had it so good, and easy, moving Keira into a toddler bed and she took to it straight away. I was so worried about Joshua so I left it for as long as possible until he started showing me just how much he loved his big sister’s bed. I knew he was ready and with some help from The Gro Company
, we were able to do it as smoothly as possible.
What did we do?
I went straight in at the deep and took both sides off his cot. I didn’t even bother putting a bed guard on. I didn’t use one with Keira either. I just knew that he would be alright. Joshua has never fallen asleep in his cot for his nap, so I knew he wasn’t going to do it now. I just let him fall asleep on the sofa as usual and then I carried him upstairs to his bed, like usual. Plonked him inside his gorgeous Gro to Bed set and let him bed (remembering to shut the stair gate behind me). He slept for a good 2 hours before waking up, when he did wake he just called for me. He hadn’t left his room and when I got in there, he was simply standing on his bed waiting for me to get him. I knew we wasn’t going to have a problem.
The Gro to Bed set seems to have helped A LOT! Joshua is terrible for kicking off the covers and waking because he’s cold, this was the perfect solution. We chose the gorgeous Going to the Zoo print because of Joshua’s love for animals and it was a huge hit for him! He’s forever pointing to the different animals and making their sounds. I’ve always been a fan of The Gro Company, Keira used GroBags until she was almost 2 years old, so I expect amazing quality from the Gro to Bed set and I was not let down.
Our Gro to Bed range is an all–in–one duvet cover, bottom sheet and pillow case set that has been cleverly designed to keep the duvet in place and help to prevent little children from rolling out of bed. A unique zip-in system keeps the duvet secure on the bed with the toddler safe underneath it. It makes it impossible to kick the duvet off and makes it almost as hard to fall out. The pillow is fixed in place and the whole thing secured to the bed with a clever elastic holder.
The real test came at bed time. It was always hit or miss at how well he took to going to sleep by himself at night, and he had been doing pretty well recently. So I kind of expected it to go okay. How wrong was I!! He would not settle at all, and I knew it was just because he was no longer in a cot. So I grabbed the (new) dog’s bed and the spare quilt and lay on the floor next to him, for what felt like hours, and rubbed his back until he eventually fell asleep. I also had to do it at 2am for 2 hours, but it was worth it knowing that he was sleeping in his new bed.
Since then he doesn’t really need our help going to sleep in his bed, and it’s very rare that he wakes in the night now. I am definitely putting that down to the fact that the Gro to Bed covers stay over him and he isn’t waking from the cold any more. So a big thumbs up from us!
The Gro to Bed set is 100% cotton, which is very important to us due to Joshua’s eczema, and it hasn’t irritated his skin at all. It’s super soft too and the bright colours make it look so cute! I wish they made something like this for adults. If the bottom sheet isn’t constantly popping off the bed then the other half is stealing the covers from me. Can we get something like that?!
So here are some tips for transitioning your toddler from a cot to a bed:
- Make sure they’re ready – there’s no harm in keeping them in a cot for a bit longer (at least they can’t come running into your room in the morning to wake you up!
- Purchase new bedding and get your toddler to help make up their new bed. The involvement will get them excited about using their new bed.
- If you’re worried about your toddler rolling out of bed, place an old quilt on the floor next to the bed so they don’t land on the hard floor if they do roll out.
- You can use a bed guard on the side of the bed to help stop them rolling out.
- Keep the bed in the same place, don’t move it around.
- If you find your toddler isn’t settling very well, offer some comfort. You don’t have to sit there all night stroking their head, but we all have our own of helping our toddlers fall asleep so do something they’re used to.
And there you have it! Joshua has taken really well to being in his “big boy” bed and he doesn’t get out of bed at all once he’s in it, not even in the morning. He always waits for us to go into his room to get him before he gets off his bed. I don’t know why I had such little trust in him.
I was sent the Gro to Bed set in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.