From Nursery to Toddler Room in a Few Easy Steps

Has your little one started to show signs they’re ready for their next steps into toddlerhood?

We wish they could stay teeny forever, but when they’ve outgrown their cot, they’re beginning to find their feet and gaining more and more confidence, all signs are pointing to them needing a bedroom update which includes the transition to a big kid’s bed.

This doesn’t mean you have to don your DIY getup and ready the paint rollers if you don’t want to! Simply by replacing outgrown furniture and bedding and having a re-jig, your tot will be ready for their next milestone moments.

Don’t know where to start? We’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how you might tackle the transformation from nursery to ‘big kids’ bedroom! Note-takers, it’s time to grab your pen and paper for this one…

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1. More Independence with Montessori Toddler Beds

Kids Junior Tipi Bed
Cabane Toddler Floor Bed

When tots are attempting to escape the safe confines of their cot, that’s their way of calling out for independence! They’re ready for a toddler bed!

Montessori furniture designs are perfect for kiddies craving independence and freedom. Purposefully kid-sized – Montessori beds, like the designs above, encourage little ones to get in and out of bed unassisted and the reduced dimensions make transitioning from a cot far less daunting. Tots can hop in and out when they need to – especially handy when potty training begins!

The low design of the Kids Junior Tipi Bed and Cabane Toddler Floor Beds also offer added reassurance throughout the night. Night-time tumbles are often a concern for parents and their little ones, but this needn’t be a bugbear for you both! From floor to mattress, this reduced distance ensures even if they’re active sleepers, they’ll be kept safe and sound!

2. Added Reassurance with Guard Rails

Kiddy Toddler Bed

Avoid tears and upset in their bedroom transition by introducing a middle stepping-stone. Bigger than a cot, but not quite as large as a full-sized single bed – the Kiddy Toddler Bed with guard rails offers the best of both worlds.

The secure slatted side panels and solid head and footboard create a cot-like cocoon at bedtime. Kiddies can gain confidence with their new surroundings before jumping straight into a bigger bed and becoming overwhelmed with all the changes.

The toddler beds lower dimensions and exit point provide just enough independence! They can get in and out freely and put themselves to bed when they’re in a need of a nap. They’ll feel very grown up indeed!

3. Keep Cosy Accessories Close By

Isla Toddler Bed

Soft toys and accessories comfort kiddies during the night and keep monsters at bay. But all of their extra bedding and blankets will need a home…

Add the trundle storage drawer to the Isla Toddler Bed and their comforters will never be too far away. Helping tots to self-soothe, they can easily access the pull-out drawer and rummage through the contents to find their teddy bears and animal stuffies. 

Set lower to the ground, tots can jump back into bed and snuggle up with their favourite cuddly companions!

4. Distract Toddlers from Daunting Ideas

Lifetime Princess 4 in 1 Combination Bed
Lifetime Princess 4 in 1 Combination Bed Star Canopy

Saying goodbye to the cot stage can sometimes be a significant change for little one’s. If you’re planning to skip on a toddler bed, but want to avoid stresses, we’d recommend selecting a single bed with fun features to distract them!

The Lifetime Princess 4 in 1 Combination Bed is a full-sized European single bed, but with the addition of the colourful canopy, little one’s will be far too starstruck to notice it’s a bigger bed than they’re used to!

Completely customisable; a personalised name sign, shelf light and hanging boxes are magical final touches. They won’t have a second thought about their old room when the Lifetime combination bed awaits them! Starting off low to the ground and surrounded by guard rail side panels, they’ll feel safe and secure while they count the constellations above!

Something you can sleep easy over, the convertible 4 in 1 design means you won’t have to fork out on furniture later down the line! Suitable from 2 to teen – simply adjust the frame to cater to your kiddie’s development.

5. Bedtime Drinks with Bedside Tables

Kiddy Bedside Table in Mint Green

Now they’re old enough for their ‘big kids’ bed, complete the setup with a bedside table.

The Kiddy Bedside Table comes in a choice of 4 pastel colours and is perfect for bedtime drinks, lamps, nightlights and books. With essentials by their side, they won’t need to wake you up if they need something! Fingers crossed anyway…

Part of the Kiddy collection, mix and match the toy boxes, shelves and furniture or stick to one pastel shade and fill their newly decorated bedroom with colour!

6. Soothe with Story Time

Obaby Maya Toy Storage Unit

Bedtime routines might get interrupted during a nursery makeover, but story time can help you both get back into the swing of things.

Organise their books in the Obaby Maya Toy Storage Unit and stick to a time to flick through their favourites. By creating a schedule, when the books come out, kids will know to start winding down.

The Obaby Maya shelves are within reach of tiny tots, so they can visit their collection and choose a book before bed. Get snuggled up together and enjoy the words and pictures… you may even find yourself nodding off!

7. Everything’s Alright with Nightlights

Cotton Ball Lights Sweet Macaron Premium LED String Lights

Nightlights are another great way of reassuring timid tots!

Giving a warming glow at bedtime, the handcrafted Cotton Ball Lights LED String Lights come in every colour you can think of!

Featuring 20 LED bulbs, simply attach to a power pack, adapter or USB outlet and your little one can drift off surrounded by their favourite colours. To avoid the dark – hang around bed frames, over curtain poles, windowsills or wardrobes!

Just as fetching in the daytime, these decorative lights will instantly update the nursery and they won’t feel afraid to head up to bed!

8. Bedding to keep them clean and comfortable

Panda London Bamboo Mattress Protector
Snurk Childrens Teddy Bear Duvet Bedding Set

First port of call when you’ve found their new furniture – bedding!

If you’ve opted for a toddler bed, you might be able to use their baby bedding for a bit longer, but if you’re selecting a single bed, their mattress and bedding will need updating too. Thankfully we’ve got plenty of options for you here at Cuckooland… we’re good like that!

Helping keep mattresses fresh and clean, a mattress protector is a must-have for all youngsters! Made from all organic materials, the waterproof layer within the Panda London Bamboo Mattress Protector makes light work of little accidents. Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic, you and your tots can rest knowing only the best night’s sleep is ahead. Sizes range from cot to adult super king, so every mattress in the house can be catered to!

Now for the fun bit – picking out their new bedding set! Snurk have you covered here (excuse the pun). With themed duvet covers and matching pillowcases to choose from, it’s the easiest way to update their new bedroom! From teddy bears to dinosaurs and footballers to fairies, there’s something for every quirky kid! Made from 100% cotton, each set is naturally breathable and helps regulate their temperature while they snooze. Machine washable and tumble drier safe – you can’t beat jumping under fresh sheets, especially when they look this brilliant!

Tata Nursery Furniture, Hello Toddlerhood!

The toddler years are just around the corner, but we hope our suggestions make the transition from nursery to ‘big kids’ bedroom a breeze for you both! We’ve got lots of tips and tricks up our sleeves! If you’re still stuck for a solution, call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email and the team will guide you through!


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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