Prevent your baby from falling out or trapping head or limbs

Our expert cot bed advice will help you to assemble your baby’s cot bed correctly, prevent your baby from falling out or trapping head or limbs, and explains the signs to look for before converting your cot into a toddler bed.

  • Change the cot into a bed when your baby can reach over the top rail, or shows any signs of trying to climb out.
  • It’s safer to convert it to a bed so they can’t hurt themselves when escaping, rather than spending hours in A&E with a bumped head.
  • The lowest side of the cot shouldn’t be lower than the shoulder height of your baby.
  • Once your baby is able to pull themselves up to stand (approximately nine months old) and get their arms over the side rail, they will be able to climb out.