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    Default Tell me about your child's first big boy/girl bed

    What kind of bed did you transition your youngster to when they went from cot to big bed?

    Single? Double?
    Ensemble or mattress & bed frame?

    I'm soon to be shopping for DS's first big boy bed/mattress.

    I'm thinking of getting him a double over a single. His room is big enough to accommodate the double, and I think it'll just be handy to have an extra double bed in the house.

    Has anyone bought a double or queen for their child and regretted it?

    Any suggestions welcome. I'd also like to hear if anyone would choose differently if they had the chance.

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    Both boys got a single big boy bed, and both went into one when they were 2.

    We just got wooden frames with mattress. We also bought bed guards. I honestly haven't had an issue with either, and certainly no regrets.

    I just recently moved them into the same room together, so here have a picture.

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    DS went into a king single (frame plus mattress) with a bed rail from target.

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    DD went into a single bed with a rail when she was around 2.5. I would have bought a double/queen if we had the space, but we don't. I think a bigger size would be handy for nights where they are sick or unsettled.

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    My DD went straight to a single bed at 18 months. I took the guard rail off when she turned 2, she fell out twice but now never falls out.
    This is her bed, got it off eBay (and that's her going to sleep in it!):

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    We have just been through this and made the purchase. Bed is being delivered next week!

    DS1 is 2.5 and has been sleeping in a toddler bed for the past 6 months or so (his cot converted into one) but he is quite tall and I feel like he needs a bit more room as he moves around a lot in his sleep.

    We decided to get a king single size bed. I didn't want to get a double or queen as I didn't want another big bed to change the sheets on all the time (especially as we are approaching toilet training and I can imagine there might be accidents in bed as we stop using nappies for naps and nights). I figure the king single will be big enough for him and last as he gets older, and if he wants a bigger bed once he's a teen then he can buy it for himself.

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    My kids all have a single bed.
    Factors to consider if you're going to get a double/queen bed:

    Are you going to stay living in your current house forever? If not you might end up moving to a house with small rooms and have to purchase a new bed.

    How easy is it, and how expensive is it to get kids bedding for a double/queen bed? I'm not even talking character type stuff, just bedding that a little kid is also going to like.

    How often would you utilise the extra bed space? I can tell you now a child does not need a lot of bed room so there's no point buying a double/queen bed for the child so I guess it depends on how regularly you have people sleep over? And would it just be easier to get a double blow up bed because visitors probably won't want to sleep with your DC and then you'd be turfing him out of his bed to accommodate your visitors....would this upset your DC and create a disturbed sleep?

    How warm is the room in winter? It's hard for a little body to heat up a big bed on their own so you'd need to be prepared for extra blankets/heaters etc. I know with my DH working away a lot I sleep in our bed like it's a single bed in winter because it's too damn cold to spread out without the extra body in bed helping to keep it all warm and cosy.

    I don't know many people who have their children sleeping in double/queen beds. Obviously people do but I think singles and king singles are pretty standard.

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    For those that went for a king single, is the linen easy enough to source? Or are the choices a lot more limited?

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    I found linens much harder to buy for a king single. We got given a hand me down KS iron frame bed and new mattress for ds when he was 2. It was seriously overkill for his little body, he never needed all that extra length and I found it hard to find nice kids dooner covers and sheets in the KS size. Single and dble were all easier to source from a variety of places and better prices.

    At 6 DF made him a bunk with a study and we went back to single bed size. It's still more than big enough for him.

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    Dd went into a single solid woo end bed frame and mattress we found on eBay for $50! She was 20mths old, we needed the cot for bub #2. Had a bed rail and pool noodles under the finned sheet to stop her rolling.
    Shes never fallen out. Took bed rail off when she was 3.
    I got her a good bed that matches the rest of our house furniture and one that she can leave home with. If she wants a bigger bed she can buy it herself.

    justt found ds same bed as dd's at another bargain price on eBay. He won't go into a bed for a while till after a he's 2 at least. No hurry for it, he loves his cot.

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