That milestone moment as a parent when your toddler learns to escape their cot and moves into a big bed is one of excitement and trepidation. I know when Roo outgrew her cot-bed that we spent a good while deciding on the right sort of children’s bed for her.
We didn’t want something too high that was dangerous for falling out of, we wanted something that she could climb in and out of easily, that would last as she grew up and potentially offered some storage. After trawling the local bed stores, of which there weren’t many, we found Time4Sleep on the internet and were instantly impressed with their well laid out and attractive website.
The guys at Time4Sleep seemed to know their stuff. The intro to their children’s bed section reads as follows:-
‘Children’s beds should be fun as well as functional! An attractive bedroom can make all the difference to how a child sleeps and whether they want to go to bed or not so its always worth investing some effort into getting a bed frame that is desirable to your child as well as comfortable. A good nights sleep is very key to how healthy our children are so a good bed is a must’
That was pretty much exactly what we wanted to achieve – a fun and functional bed that meant when Miss Roo got into bed she stayed there and had a fantastic night sleep. We started browsing and were bowled over by the amount of choice and the different sizes of children’s beds available. No longer was it the world of the boring single pine bed, suddenly we were immersed in a world of cabin beds, bunk beds, starter beds and sleeper beds.
It was Roo’s first proper bed and we had to keep that in mind, but I must admit if I had got two kids then this futon bunk bed was up there on my ‘cool’ list as I think it would be awesome to ascend this space age style bed at night or be the lucky space cadet who gets to sleep in the bottom bunk and I love the fact that the futon and mattress is included in the price.
For parents who are making that leap from cot to bed then this Stompa Classic Kids bed is practical, looks great, has fantastic storage and really clever features such as the side supports to stop them rolling out of bed and going bump in the night. This is a brilliant toddler bed that grows with your child as they get bigger, extending fully to 183cm which is pretty roomy.
Finally, we opted for the Amalfi Wooden cabin bed for Roo. We were drawn to this by the beautiful pine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The pull out drawers were perfect for toy storage, so that me or Daddy E weren’t crucifying our feet stepping on Lego at 3am in the morning, and it was the perfect length for our strange shaped room which is long and narrow.
The fact that when you choose a bed there’s a really handy mattress option to help you pick the right mattress for your chosen bed meaning you don’t have to faff around with this.
Two years on and Roo is still in the bed and loving it and the cabin bed is standing up well to jumping on, repetitive bouncing and multiple friends playing Barbie on it all together. She loves her bed and sleeps like a log every night and I’m glad we took the time to choose the right bed for her to last her through her early years.
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