One minute you’re putting together your tiny baby’s cot and the next, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your youngster from cot to bed into their very own big kid bed.
With so many options to choose from, it can feel daunting to ensure you’ve found the best bed for them, after all, sleep is a big deal! But as emotional as this big milestone is, the good news is that searching for a toddler bed actually be a lot of fun for you and your little one. There are so many fantastic toddler beds out there with all manner of quirky and fun designs that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
We recommend making as much use of the toddler bed as possible. For example, could a bunk bed be an option if you’re envisioning sleepovers with friends or even a younger sibling one day? Or why not make use of the extra storage that many toddler beds can offer and search for a bed that offers storage space for toys or spare bedding.
Alternatively, a loft bed may also be appealing as this allows for the use of the floor area below for different purposes such as a den or general play area.
Whatever your requirement, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best toddler beds for your tot.
Disney Princess toddler bed
Every little prince or princess deserves their very own carriage! The light up bed canopy adds a magical touch and it can even be closed with the net curtains. Constructed securely with smooth round edges and a decorated painted finish, the upper part has raised side panels to prevent your child from tumbling.
Suitable for ages 18 months - 4 years.
Review: "My two granddaughters ( one of which chose this bed herself) absolutely love this princess carriage bed and I have no trouble getting them to go to bed when they stay with granny. Only downside is I don’t think it will last long as they are growing very quickly."
Disney Minnie Mouse Toddler Bed
At under £60, this Minnie Mouse bed is a bargain price for any Disney fan. With a sturdy steel frame with fabric sling base, it fits a standard cot bed mattress size 140cm x 70cm. Low to the ground, this toddler bed has protective and sturdy side guards to keep your toddler safe and snug.
Review: "This is a lovely little bed, ideal for toddlers. I purchased this for my 2-year-old. It arrived promptly, well packaged.
It was easy to assemble. I put it together in about 30 mins. It's a nice sturdy little bed, though light too and easy to move around. Lovely finish."
East Coast Nursery Dakota Toddler Bed
With open slatted sides and headboard, this fresh white toddler bed will complement any style of nursery and bedding. It features side rails to help stop your toddler rolling out of bed, making their transition from cot to bed more comfortable for them.
149 x 56.5 x 75 cm
Review: "I ordered this over a month ago for my little boy and it came with clear instructions and took me very little time to put it together. He loves it and I don't worry about him falling out because it's so low he wouldn't get hurt. It's very sturdy and he's not exactly careful and likes to jump on his bed and it's well able to take that so far!"
Dinosaur Toddler Bed
This colourful dinosaur Toddler Bed has a removable dinosaur canopy your youngster will love. Low to the ground with protective sides, it has a handy pull out under bed storage drawers for filling with toys and books.
143 x 77 x 138 cm
Review: "When I started putting this together I wasn’t happy I thought it was the flimsiest thing I'd ever seen but once it was together it is very solid and the look on my son’s face was priceless its a very good bed for the price."
Busunge Extendable bed
We all know that children grow quickly which is why this Ikea bed is so perfect as the length can be extended from 138 cm to 208 cm, making it a long-lasting buy which will save you money in the long run. The rounded edges are designed to be safer for small children while the solid wood slats offer firm posture support.
Min. length: 138 cm
Max. length: 208 cm
Width: 90 cm
Review: "My little girl loves it and it fits perfectly in her room, leaving plenty of room."
Mack + Milo Arlberg European Single Mid Sleeper Bed
Who wouldn't love this incredible toddler loft bed? Not only is there a hidden fort curtain for secret gatherings but also a slide you'll want to play on too. Rounded corners help your child avoid getting hurt while playing and there's a fall protection barrier that can be put into place at night.
Review: "The instructions were a little hard to work out... but the quality is good for the price and my little girl loves the extra space underneath for her toys and the privacy of the curtains. Good buy!"
Campervan Bunk Bed
Admit it, you want to sleep in this very cool bed as much as we do! For bedtime with a twist, this bunk bed features two secure sleeping spaces crafted into a detailed campervan structure. Complete with a discrete integrated ladder for accessing the top bunk, each sleeping space is entirely bordered to ensure your precious cargo is kept safe.
Abilene House Bed
Available in white and grey, this simple house frame bed is easy to dress up however you want to suit your child's room. Made from solid wood, the close-to-floor surface of this bed makes it a nice choice for older toddlers.
137cm x 86cm x 166cm
Review: "Very nice bed. Delivery was quick and easy. The bed can be beautifully decorated and it just looks great."
Oliver Wood Junior Day Bed
If you love Scandinavian design as much as we do, you'll adore this Oliver Furniture bed with its curved corners and elegant design. It may not be cheap but you can buy a conversion kit to Adult size single to truly make the bed last. It's worth noting however that due to the curved corners of these beds not all standard mattresses will fit this bed.
167 x 97 x 69 cm