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Top Tips To Prevent Your Baby/ Toddler From Falling Out

Ensuring your baby’s safety and comfort as they grow is a top priority for any parent. Transitioning from a cot to a bed is a significant milestone. Explore Babymore’s guide that provides essential tips and information on when and how to make this change seamlessly. We realise it could be traumatising if your baby falls from a cot even after you taking all necessary precautions to keep them safe. Hence, our range of cots and cot beds provide your baby with cot safety alongside a safe sleeping environment. Learn how to stop toddler falling out of bed with us!

Safety Tips for Cot Usage

Never Leave Your Baby Unattended with the Drop Side Down

Always ensure the drop side of the cot is up and securely locked when your baby is inside. Leaving the drop side down can pose a serious risk of falls and injuries. Check out our dropside cots here!

Cot Positioning Based on Baby’s Age

  • Highest Position (0-3 Months): You can keep the cot in its highest position until your baby is three months old. This makes it easier to place your baby in and lift them out without straining your back.
  • Lowest Position (3+ Months): Once your baby can sit up unaided, usually around six months, change the cot base to its lowest position to prevent them from climbing out.

Transitioning to a Bed

Signs Your Toddler is Ready for a Bed

  • Climbing Attempts: If your toddler shows any signs of attempting to climb out of the cot, it’s time to convert it to a bed. This change prevents injuries from falls.
  • Reaching Over the Top Rail: When your child can reach over the top rail or pull themselves up to stand, it’s safer to transition to a bed.

Making the Bed Transition Safe and Comfortable

Using Bed Guards

  • L-Shaped Bed Guards: Once the cot bed becomes a bed, consider using L-shaped bed guards. These provide a soft barrier at the edge of the bed to prevent falls.
  • Blow-Up Guards: Available for placing under the sheets, blow-up guards offer an effective barrier while maintaining the bed’s appearance.
  • Homemade Solutions: For a DIY approach, place a rolled-up blanket or pillow under the outer edge of the mattress. This creates a small incline, making it harder for your toddler to roll out of bed.

Preparing for Falls

  • Soft Landing Area: Until your toddler is accustomed to the bed, place a spare mattress, soft rug, blanket, or duvet next to the bed. This softens any falls and minimizes the risk of injury.

When to Change from a Cot to a Bed

Optimal Timing for Transition

  • Climbing or Reaching: Convert the cot to a bed when your baby can reach over the top rail or shows any signs of trying to climb out. It’s safer to make the switch proactively to avoid potential injuries.
  • Shoulder Height Rule: The lowest side of the cot should not be lower than your baby’s shoulder height. By approximately nine months, when babies can pull themselves up and get their arms over the side rail, they are likely ready for a bed.

Conclusion

Transitioning from a cot to a bed is a crucial step in your child’s development. By following these guidelines and making safety a priority, you can ensure a smooth and secure transition. With the right preparations, your child will enjoy a comfortable and safe sleeping environment as they grow. Trust Babymore with your baby’s cot safety and to help your toddler stop falling out of bed. Visit our website and check our collection of baby cots and cot beds today!

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