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Toddlers - moving from a cot to a bed

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Many parents put their babies and young children into a cot for sleep because this is what is normal in their culture, but there are two main advantages of cots. The child sleeps at a level which is comfortable for the parent to attend the child. The child is in a confined and safe place.

Often young Australian children sleep in a cot until they are about 2 to 3 years old, or maybe even older, and parents need to make a decision about when to move their child into a bed.

To find out more

The Raising Children Network The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.

Red nose - saving little lives (formerly SIDS and Kids)  

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

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