Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: The Toddler Bed Transition + Your Chance To WIN A Thomas or Peppa toddler Bed worth £119.00!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Toddler Bed Transition + Your Chance To WIN A Thomas or Peppa toddler Bed worth £119.00!




Once Tyne had turned 18 months old, we started to notice that he seemed to be outgrowing his cot quiite quickly.

He has always moved around quite a lot in the night, and we would often hear him hitting his head on the rails over the baby monitor while he was asleep and of course we were concerned about this but unsure of when was the right time to move him from a cot to a bed.

I asked around some friends and family members for opinions, and read up on toddler beds - single beds but lower to the ground than normal to make them safer and with ease of access for little ones, and with built in side panels to stop them from easily rolling out too.

We decided that a toddler bed would be the way forward and set about deciding when & how to make the change.

We moved house in December last year when Tyne was 20 months old, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Tyne would already be experiencing the change of moving home and having a whole new bedroom, so it made sense to me that a new "big boy" bed would be best implemented from the start.

The lovely people at HelloHome had given us the chance to choose a toddler bed from their extensive range to try out with Tyne, and we opted for the Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed (£119.00)- Tyne is a HUGE fan of Thomas The Tank Engine and so we knew that the addition of a Thomas theme would make the new bed all the more exciting to him!


When Tyne first saw his new bed he was thrilled - he squealed with delight and ran straight over to snuggle under the covers and "sleep" - we decided to show him the bed during the daytime to give him chance to get used to it and understand where he'd be sleeping rather than introducing it at bedtime when the change might be too much of a sudden shock.

That evening, we apprehensively went through the bedtime routine, worried that Tyne would keep getting out of bed or, worse, falling out but we needn't have worried.

It actually took over 3 months of being in the bed every night before Tyne first got out of bed himself in the night! I don't think he actually realised that he could for a while!

I know that other children can struggle to understand that they need to remain in bed though, and that we perhaps experienced a bit of a fluke with Tyne being so keen to stay put for the night, and that's where perseverance would be key.

Once Tyne did start getting himself out of bed, we made sure to always go straight up and calmly take his hand and lead him back to bed, tuck him in and say goodnight, and leave.

It would usually only take 2 returns to bed before he fell asleep properly again and stayed put.

Of course he's no angel with bedtime and we HAVE had struggles since as he's got older which is something I'll be discussing soon, but the transition period itself went much smoother than we ever imagined which I am very grateful for!

And I personally believe that the fun character bed made the transition process MUCH smoother for us as it gave the bed a real appeal to Tyne and made it seem like something that was a treat for him - an exciting new bed just like his favourite TV character - SO much more fun than his boring old cot, right?!

In short, here are my Top 5 Tips for making the transition from cot to bed.

1) Pick the right time - if you are moving house or the child is moving bedrooms this could be an ideal opportunity, otherwise make sure you choose a time when not much else is going on so that if the nights are a bit disrupted it's not going to cause too much of an impact - for example you might not want to make the change when you have visitors staying, when you have a series of early important work meetings and so on!

2) Introduce the new bed during the day time - confronting the child with the new bed at bedtime might be too much for them, the earlier in the day they see the new bed the more time they have to try it out and become familiar with it before bedtime rolls around.

3) Consider the "fun" aspect - if your child does have a beloved character, would a character bed make them more interested in the switch and more likely to accept and be excited about it? Even if a character bed isn't something you want to go for, something as simple as character bedding could be a big help in getting the child interested and excited for their new "big bed".

4) Safety - Your child has more freedom at night time now, so you want to make sure that if they do get out of bed they're not going to encounter any accidents. Before putting Tyne into his toddler bed, we did a check around his bedroom to make sure that all furniture was securely anchored incase he decided to climb on anything, we made sure all electrical sockets were covered, and that any chords (blind cords, light cords, even his dressing gown belt...) were all WELL out of reach. 
We also made sure that the windows were locked and that there was nothing in front of them that he could stand on, and that the stairgate was closed and secured each night.

5) Perseverance - When they do try to get out of bed, persevere. Go up and calmly take their hand and return them to bed each time they get out of it, tuck them in and say goodnight and leave the room. Try not to get drawn into conversation, try not to get angry and insist they stay in bed too harshly as you don't want to make bed seem like a punishment - as tiring as it might be, eventually they WILL stay put.

If you are making the transition yourself soon - good luck and think positive! It may not be as bad as you think, it certainly wasn't for us! If you've already made the transition, do you have any tips to pass on to others?

COMPETITION

The very lovely people at HelloHome are giving one lucky Sparkles & Stretchmarks reader the chance to win their own Toddler Character Bed!

The winner will have a choice of either the Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed or the Peppa Pig Snuggle Time Bed (please note that as HelloHome do not sell mattresses, the bed will be given without one so you will need to source your own.)

To enter the competition, just complete the Rafflecopter form below - Good Luck!

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123 comments:

  1. I woul choose the Peppa Pig bed for my little niece because she is still in her cot an will be soon making the big transition! She loves Peppa Pig so I am sure she will love love to sleep in it - hopefully all night long!

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  2. I love the Thomas The Tank bed as every boy loves trains. This would be great for my nephew as I know my son used to be mad about Thomas.

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  3. Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed please! :)

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  4. Thomas the tank fandabidozy

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  5. I would choose Peppa Pig as I am expecting a baby girl x

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  6. Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed

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  7. Thomas & friends one because all boys like trains.. right?

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  8. Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime Toddler Bed

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  9. I would choose the Thomas & Friends for my grandson who loves Thomas

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  10. peppa pig, this would help with the transition from my jasmines cot, as its her favourite chraractor this would encourage her to use it

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  11. Peppa Pig Snuggle Time Bed for my little Peppa Pig fan

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  12. i would choose the thomas and friends one

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  13. Definitely the Thomas the Tank Engine one! My nephew is obsessed with him!

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  14. The Peppa Pig bed as both my son & daughter would like it.

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  15. Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed as my son would like it.

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  16. I would choose the Peppa Pig Snuggle Time Bed for my youngest who is just getting to this age and who loves Peppa Pig (and snuggles)! :)

    (Elizabeth Hinds)

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  17. Thomas & friends one because my son loves him x

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  18. I would choose the Peppa Pig because my daughter would love it

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  19. I would go for the Peppa Pig bed. My granddaughter is about to make the move from a cot to a bed and loves Peppa Pig, this might help make the move easier x

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  20. Peppa Pig for sure, my daughter would love it!

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  21. Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed please! - leanne w

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  22. peppa pig, my daughter loves peppa pig

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  23. The Thomas bed please, for my Thomas-obsessed little boy!x

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  24. The Peppa Pig one would be great! :)

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  25. Peppa Pig because we only have little girls in our family

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  26. I would choose Peppa pig as my niece absolutely loves her.

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  27. Thomas the tank engine for my little fella

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  28. The Thomas and friends one as my son loves anything blue! Thanks for such a great competition and helpful post xx

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  29. The Thomas the Tank Engine for my godson :) He'll think I'm the best godfather ever :)

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  30. We love peppa in this house, so it would have to be the peppa pig bed!

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  31. Thomas and Friends because my youngest adores Thomas.

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  32. peppa, my youngest is a big fan :)

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  33. Peppa as my daughter is peppa pig mad.

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  34. My little girl would love peppa pig

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  35. I'm not sure. As the child for which this bed would support, hasn't been born yet. He/she is due in November. I guess should I win, I would have to take a gamble and pick one, probably Thomas. It's a shame both are so gender specific.

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    1. They're not at all gender specific, they're children's TV characters. My son loves Peppa pig and I know lots of little girls who love Thomas, if you don't enforce old fashioned gender stereotypes of blue for boys and pink for girls on children then theres no reason at all that either bed couldn't suit either gender

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  36. Peppa Pig - for my daughter.

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  37. I would choose the Thomas one my little one is Thomas mad! currently having bed time issues trying to get him to sleep in the bed he has already, so this would be great to win as I think this would help the bedtime routine as he would want to get into the Thomas bed. great giveaway fingers crossed!

    Sophie
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  38. Peppa pig for my little Peppa fan :) xxx

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  39. Thomas for my little nephew who is thomas mad x

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  40. Thomas for my nephew who is Thomas mad x

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  41. My daughter would be happy with either but she's more of a Peppa fan so I'd choose Peppa :)

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  42. Peppa pig as my kids are addicted to Peppa!

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  43. Peppa Pig please, my daughter is crazy for the little pink piglet

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  44. Peppa Pig for my little girl as she has just turned two and we will be moving her into a bed soon and both she and her baby brother love peppa pig xx

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  45. Thomas - my monkey is obsessed!

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  46. I would definately select the Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime Toddler Bed as my little boy loves him so much I already say to him when he's going to sleep that 'it's time for the no.1 Blue Engine to take you off to dreamland' - I can imagine his reaction if it was really true! x

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  47. i would choose thomas. although my youngest does love peppa, it would be easier to have thomas when my boys have their friends over

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  48. I don't know which one yet as we don't know what we're having.

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  49. Has to be THOMAS, little man loves his trains :)

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  50. I would choose the Thomas bed in preparation for my little boy

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  51. My daughter loves Peppa Pig therefore the Peppa Pig bed

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  52. The Peppa Pig one looks lovely and snuggly

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  53. Thomas & Friends cause i dont think my son would be impressed by peppa pig. lol but I think they are both fab.

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  54. peppa big as there is a little girl that would love it :)

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  55. Peppa pig because my daughter loves peppa pig

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  56. the boys LOVE Thomas, so i'd have to choose that.

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  57. The Thomas one for my son - he's a big fan!

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  58. Emily loves Peppa Pig, so it would be ideal for her.

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  59. I would choose thomas for my nephew he loves thomas and it's his birthday soon so would be a lovely present if I was to win

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  60. It would have to be Peppa Pig - my 19 month old Lola is CRAZY about her - she even mentions her name in her sleep! This would totally be the bed of her dreams, literally! (S.Morris)

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  61. Peppa Pig bed for my daughter, she would love it :)

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  62. My son Reece would love the thomas bed he makes a train on his bed at home x x

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  63. i put my twitter id as @vch22217 instead of @vch2217 on the rafflecopter sorry

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  64. My little boy is a huge fan of Thomas so it would have to be the Thomas bed that I chose for him

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  65. The Thomas bed for my grandsons when they have a sleepover at Nannys x

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  66. Thomas and friends for my gorgeous nephew!

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  67. Thomas and friends for my son Max x

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  68. I love the Thomas The Tank bed as every boy loves trains and I know my grandson would so love this thank you

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  69. peppa pig my niece loves her

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  70. Disney Princess StarTime Carriage Toddler Bed - I'd choose this for my daughter who loves absolutely everything all Disney Princess!

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  71. Thomas the tank for my little boy

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  72. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania. Would choose Thomas

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  73. would love to win this gorgeous Thomas bed for my adourable Grandson William who is Thomas crazy,

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  74. would love to win this gorgeous Thomas bed for my adourable Grandson William who is Thomas crazy,

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  75. Peppa pig as my little one adores Peppa

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  76. disney princess star time carriage because it would fit in lovely with the decor we already have xx

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  77. Thoman the tank engine for my train mad girl

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  78. would have to be thomas for my grandson Lloyd

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  79. I would choose the Thomas on for my cute little nephew, I was only discussing with my sister the other week when she was going to get rid of the cot for a wee little bed

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  80. I would choose the bear hug design, my little boy loves animals and this design is soooo cute x

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  81. Poppa pig because my girls love everything peppa

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  82. My nephew would love the Thomas bed

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  83. Peppa Pig for my 2 year old daughter she loves Peppa

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  84. Thomas because my 3 year olds crazy on it xx

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  85. I'd choose Thomas because my little Alfie would love it :) x

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  86. My daughter loves Thomas the Tank Engine so would definitely be that one for her! <3 x

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  87. Thomas & Friends Snuggle Time Bed please :) My son would love this it was his birthday yesterday so this would be the icing on the cake ;)

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  88. I would choose the Peppa Pig Snuggle Time Bed as my niece lives Peppa Pig!

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  89. thomas as my daughter loves the programme x

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  90. I'd choose the Thomas one as a treat for my nephew who has just changed to a toddler bed successfully

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  91. I'd choose the Thomas bed because it would go well in my little boys room and he would love it.

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  92. I would choose Peppa Pig for my little girl as my girls all love Peppa pig!

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  93. I would choose thomas the tank for my youngest son. He loves thomas.

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  94. i'd like the Peppa Pig one, because i know my daughter would love it xx

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  95. My son loves both Thomas and Peppa, but since he has a few Thomas bedroom thing already I think I will have to say Thomas! Sarah Gibson

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  96. My son loves both Thomas and Peppa, but since he has a few Thomas bedroom thing already I think I will have to say Thomas!

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  97. My son will be having a big boy bed soon, so I'd choose the Thomas one for him! Lovely giveaway x

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  98. The Thomas bed, for sure - she loves having the stories read to her already.

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  99. Peppa Pig for H she is turning 2 in August and is now able to climb out of her cot so deffo time to go to a toddler bed :)

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  100. I would choose the Thomas one for my little boy for his 'big boy room' x

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  101. Thomas the Tank Engine. My son loves the original television series and we are reading the Thomas collection!

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  102. Pepos Pig as she is adored here!. Dxx

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  103. I would choose the Thomas & Friends for my grandson who loves Thomas

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  104. Peppa Pig for my *almost* 2 year old niece. She is absolutely obsessed. All she says is "Peppa" :)

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