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Best beds for kids and toddlers

We've put together some tips and ideas to help you find the best bed for your child, whatever their age or gender.

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Best beds for kids and toddlers.

Moving from cot to bed

The move from cot to a proper 'big kid' bed is a key milestone in the development of any child. Typically, children make this transition between 18 months and 3 years. When choosing their first bed, try to involve them as much as you can, as this will help them better settle in when they move.

What is a cot bed?

Cot beds are cots that convert into toddler beds. They are usually larger than cots but not as large as a single bed. Most cot beds will last until a child is around 5 years old, making the transition to a real bed that little bit easier.

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Types of children's beds

From tots all the way up to teens, there’s a bed for every age, taste and budget.

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What is a bunk bed?

If you have children who share a room, then you may want to consider a bunk bed. These beds take up the space of one bed instead of two, making them a popular choice with many parents.

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What is a cabin bed?

These types of beds offer a host of storage possibilities. They're often filled with drawers and cubby holes for stashing everything from books and toys to clothes and games.

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What is a mid sleeper?

Mid sleepers are taller than cabin beds but not as tall as bunk beds. Beneath the bed is a large open space, used for either storage or play.

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What is a high sleeper?

A high sleeper is like a bunk bed but with the bottom bed removed. This space is usually replaced with storage cabinets, a seating area or desk.

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How to pick the best mattress for your child

Once you've decided on the bed, you'll need to determine the best mattress to buy. A good mattress can last through childhood and beyond, so picking the right one is especially important.

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How firm should it be?

When choosing a mattress for your child, consider the level of comfort and support it provides. Some mattresses may be too hard for children to sleep on, while others offer little to no support. Look for models that will gently cradle your child’s body while keeping their spine in a natural position.

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Kids mattress sizes

Mattresses for children are available in several different sizes:

  • Toddler bed - width 70cm, length 140cm
  • Small single - width 75cm, length 190cm
  • Single - width 90cm, length 190cm
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Kids mattress protectors

At bedtime, little accidents can occur, so you may want to invest in a mattress protector. These are designed to go over the top and sides of the mattress, keeping it fresh and free of stains. Some mattress protectors are also waterproof, which prevents the mattress from absorbing any liquids or odours.

Kids bedding sets

Sleepover beds

Whether your child is having a sleepover with friends or spending the night at the grandparents, they’re going to need a comfy place to snooze. From airbeds and sleeping bags to all-in-one ready beds, you’ll find sleepover solutions to suit kids of all ages.

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More help and inspiration

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Kids bedroom ideas

Looking for fun ideas to update your kids bedroom?

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Playroom ideas

Tips on how to turn a room into a play space.

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Kids furniture

Fun furniture designed just for kids.

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Kids storage

Organise their bedroom with our creative storage ideas.

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