Moving Up To A Big Bed

Big Bed Guide at The Sleep Store

Get Ready For The Big Time

Moving from the cot to a bigger bed is one of those landmark occasions. We’ve put together some tips and offers on essential items to help with the move to a bigger bed. Tap here to read our article all about moving from a cot to bed.

Waking from the cold is a very common toddler sleep problem, so a good pair of snuggly pyjamas like Woolbabe merino/cotton pyjamas or sleepsuit is a must. You can also try to ease the transition from cot to bed try by continuing to use their sleeping bag or one of our Merino onesies, and gradually transition to traditional bedding, that way if they do kick the covers off in the middle of the night they won't wake up cold. Our Merino onesies are also ideal for big kids up to age 7, who wriggle out of their bedding or can’t get the hang of pulling up their own duvet.

To read more about getting your child used to loose bedding from a sleeping bag click here otherwise read on for our insights and advice for making the move to a big bed easier.



bedwetting advice and mattress protectors

Wee accidents

When moving up to a big bed mattress protectors are usually top of everyone's list. There's a wide variety of different options and brands available at The Sleep Store including our own in-house range, however Brolly Sheets are most parents' number one choice. We love Brolly Sheets, they’re quick and easy to change without stripping the bed! 

We recommend buying at the very least two Brolly Sheets so that you can quickly swap it out when needs arise for a clean one. If you’d like to find out more visit our dedicated Brolly Sheet page here which is full of videos.


Bed Linen & Choosing the Right Pillow

Moving up to a big bed is a big occasion. It's a good opportunity to invest in quality linen that's soft, easy care and inviting for little ones. There's a wide range of options to choose from at The Sleep Store. Go for cotton - it's breathable and more comfortable than synthetic fibres. We love the jersey cotton linen, it has the feeling of t-shirt material and is soft and snuggly. Organic cotton is a great choice and there are coloured and patterned options available too. Washable and easy care is important for first bed linen. Look for duvet inners that are washable as well as pillow and mattress protectors that can be thrown in the washing machine quickly and allow for fast bedlinen changes. To shop all linen click here

When your little one is ready for their first pillow, giving them any old pillow to sleep on isn't always the best option. There are a range of kid size pillows available which will be way more comfortable and support them better than the adult size counterparts.

Choose the the silky soft Tencel pillow with under quilting & superb natural comfort or the Cuski orthopaedic pillow, made from memory foam; sized and shaped to give essential neck support for your growing child. If you're looking for a pillow make from natural materials take a look at out Madii & Dylan range made from organic latex.

For more info about the right time to introduce a pillow click here.

To read about what our facebook community did moving their little ones up to a bigger bed from a cot read here.


Preventing falls Bed rails and bed bumpers at The Sleep Store

One of our most popular solutions for helping to prevent little ones accidently rolling out of bed is the Big Bed Bumper. It's a safer, less expensive and more attractive alternative to the traditional bed rail. It is a specially designed 107cm long, firm foam wedge that stops your child falling out of bed. Just place the bumper on the mattress and pull the fitted sheet over. It’s that simple. We also offer more tradtional bed rail options too. To view the range click here

Attached bedding is another option. These are special fitted sheets with an attached flat sheet. With the flat sheet zipped to the fitted sheet the bedding can't be kicked off and it makes it harder for a child to roll out of bed as they are sleeping in the pocket that the attached bedding creates. Kids Zip Sheets are one of the attached bedding options we offer, but depending on the age of your little one - a Snugsheet or BabeOK sleeper may be an option too. To see the range of attached bedding click here.

Read article about moving from a cot to bed


Knowing it's time to get up

Moving from a cot to a bed usually happens around the same time as a child being able to get out of bed themselves and also needing to learn when to stay in bed in the morning.  Children waking too early in the morning is a problem for the whole family. When children don’t get enough sleep overnight, they will be grumpy during the day. And when parents get woken up too is harder to cope with grizzly children! Unless you take action to teach your children to sleep in later in the morning, this vicious cycle can become a very firm habit.

Children don't know what time it is...they can’t tell the time from a regular clock and their body clock could be telling them it's morning at 5am! A sleep trainer clock uses a simple visual change to show when it is ‘morning’ and therefore when your child is allowed out of bed. The Gro Clock and Claessens Kid's Moon Clock are available from The Sleep Store and are popular options. We also stock a range of alternatives. To find out more read our buying guide or view our handy comparison chart click here. Shop sleep trainer clocks here.



Big Bed Essentials

MINT (Aqua) Brolly Sheet - Large Single Introducing the latest addition to the Brolly Sheet family.  Get more sleep for everyone and take the hassle out of bedwetting with Brolly Sheets.  Use by simply placing on top of the bottom sheet and tucking the flaps in under the mattress.  Your child will sleep comfortably on the 100% cotton top, whilst the waterproof backing keeps the bottom sheet and mattress dry.  For middle-of-the-night accidents, simply whip the Brolly Sheet off and replace it with a clean, dry Brolly Sheet, taking only seconds, meaning more precious sleep for everyone!   Available in King Single/Twin size only which fits from a Cot to a King Single bed. Both the sheet and flaps are solid colours, no gingham flaps. We hope you love them as much as we do! Size: ● The extra large waterproof panel is approx: W110cm x L95 cm.  ● Flaps are an extra 45cm each side of the waterproof panel. Product details: ● Top: 100% cotton ● Middle layer: 95% polyester / 5% rayon ● Backing: 100% polyester backed polyurethane (PUL) ● Flaps: Poly cotton    Safety Instructions: ● Stop use if baby is moving about in bed and the Brolly Sheet may become untucked ● Use only with young babies that are
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Waterproof Cotton Mattress Protector - Single
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Wool Duvet Inner - Winter 400gm - Single
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CU770S010 Cuski Kids Orthopedic Pillow This is not just any pillow - this is a Cuski Kids Pillow!  As featured on Babyology Australia - rounded up as one of the top 5 toddler pillows in the world (2012), & Gold award in childcare!  Best for ages between 2 and 10 years old. How do toddlers and young children explain pins and needles, pain, and numbness in their growing bodies? By tossing and turning, becoming irritable, tired, crabby...If you want to help alleviate these symptoms in your children, please read on... After nurturing our babies and giving them the best possible start in life why, when they are ready for their first sleep support, do we give them any old pillow to sleep on? Cuski believes not giving your child the correct pillow could cause future neck and back problems...leading to sleep deprivation - and not only for your child! Cuski has developed its first orthopaedic pillow; sized and shaped to give essential neck support for your growing child. It can help to eliminate future neck and back problems, pain, arthritis and poor blood circulation. It also helps to induce a more restful sleep for your child. This pillow has been created especially to meet the needs of young children from ages 2 years - 10 years. Parents, it does make sense to prevent, not create, future back problems in your children. The neck with its seven sensitive vertebrae, receives little support from a conventional pillow, which is often why we tend to try and "scrunch" the pillow in order to get comfortable. PREVENTS PINS & NEEDLES in young children. Even when a comfortable position has been found, it is difficult to maintain the proper support as the shoulders tend to push the pillow out of place. Children don't know how to do this, so the Cuski pillow provides this vital support. The Cuski Pillow is made of heatr
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1C770S601 Kids Standard Size Pillow - Tencel Blend Our Kids Pillow has been well tested by our children and given the thumbs up! It’s covered with a beautiful quality 100% cotton outer, and filled with a lovely soft tencel / polyester blend. It’s a specially designed low profile, meaning you can introduce this pillow from about 18 months old. Our Kids Pillows measure approx 50 x 75cm, which fits a standard pillowcase. Packaged in a beautiful 100% cotton reusable bag! Suitability: Suitable from approx 18 months to 6 years. Easy washing instructions: Cool machine wash Low tumble or line dry. Fabric: 100% cotton outer 30% Tencel / 70% polyester blend. Please note - pillows should not be used with children under one year old.
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Reversible Quilted Wool Underlay - Single
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B4170W501 BIGGER Bed Bumper The BIGGER Bed Bumper is a larger version of the original, hugely popular Bed Bumper - a safer, less expensive and more attractive alternative to the traditional bed rail. It is a specially designed 115cm long, firm foam wedge that stops your child falling out of bed. The BIGGER Bed Bumper is suitable for children from 2 years and up, who are ready to move to a bed, making it ideal transitioning from cot to ’big bed’.  No assembly required and great for home or travel as it fits any size bed, just place the bumper on the mattress and pull the fitted sheet over. It’s that simple! Colour: White.  Dimensions: 115cm long/15 cm high/15cm wide. Bigger Bed Bumper FAQ: Q - Will the Bigger Bed Bumper fit on my child’s bed? A - Yes – Bigger Bed bumper fits all types of bed – if it is too long it can be cut to size with a sharp serrated knife or maybe choose the original Big Bumper which is slightly smaller. Q - Can I use more than one Bigger Bed Bumper on my child’s bed? A - Yes – if your child’s bed is not against a wall you can use one on each side of the bed. Q - Does Bigger Bed Bumper come with fitting instructions? A - Yes - it comes with detailed instructions about how to fit it on your child’s bed. Q - Does a normal fitted sheet fit over the Bigger Bed Bumper? A - Yes - you do not need a larger size sheet, normal fitted sheets work. Q - What age is Bigger Bed Bumper suitable for? A - Bigger Bed Bumper is suitable for children 2 years and over. Customer feedback: "We struggled to get our two year old to sleep in a bed for MONTHS - from the day we put a Big Bed Bum
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GR150S015 Gro Clock Sleep Trainer The gro clock is one of our most highly recommended products. Parents have always struggled with children who are early birds and until the gro clock we didn’t have a reliable solution! The gro clock has an amazing success rate with teaching children to sleep in. Or if they don’t sleep longer, they do learn to stay in bed and not wake up their parents! How does the gro clock work? How do you get your children to understand when it’s time to get up? SIMPLE!!   "Stay in bed until you see the sun!" The Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up. The Gro-Clock allows parents to choose whether or not to display the digital clock during the usual ‘stars to sun’ countdown. So for older children, they can now start to learn digital time, as well as look for the arrival of the sun!  Note that this blue light can be adjusted and turned right off if you feel it is too bright for your child. The Gro-clock also comes with a beautifully illustrated book which helps to encourage children to stay in bed longer, which means more sleep for them and more sleep for you! "No more getting up at 5am!". It is this combination of the simple glowing images and the bedtime story book which has already made the Gro-Clock incredibly popular in the UK. What makes the gro clock so awesome? Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate ’sleep’ and ’wake-up’ time. Includes fun bedtime story book to reinforce the message. Stars go out one-by-one during the night to show the passing of time. Option to set two separate wake-up times (weekday/weekend or night-time/day-time nap) Adjust
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GR550S009 Room Thermometer - Gro egg 2 What is the Gro egg 2? The New Gro-egg 2 from the Gro Company, has the same fantastic features as the Original Gro-egg, including the colour changing digital thermometer - that lets you know the room temperature at a glance without having to go in and wake your sleeping baby!   However the Gro-egg 2 has a new sleek, silicone design that is 33% bigger and brighter, making it softer to touch and even easier to see at a glance, in addition to the innovative colour changing system and digital temperature display, the Gro-egg 2 includes four adjustable brightness levels allowing you to us it as a nightlight or find a light level which suits your baby. It can also be used as a nightlight and has a USB cord unlike the Original which is mains power. Room temperature is vital in creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby and should be maintained at 16-20C to help reduce the risk of cot death - "Babies who get too hot are at an increased risk of SIDS. Getting a room thermometer will help you create a safer sleep environment for your baby." Francine Bates, Chief Executive of The lullaby Trust Key Features: Groegg 2 is bigger, better and extremely stylish! Ambient Digital Thermometer Gentle Night Light Perfect Accessory for Grobags Colour coded system (supported by safe sleep experts The Lullaby Trust) making it easy for parents to keep baby comfortable Adjustable Egg Brightness (4 levels) - makes for a super handy nightlight Soft Touch Silicone Dome USB powered - compact and easy to take on your travels
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