Whilst I realise I've only just revealed Georgia's new nursery, my thoughts are already turning to transitioning her into a big girl bed. The main reason for this is that when decorating her room, I wanted to ensure that I can easily just switch out her cot for a bed without having to make any major changes to decor and other furniture in the room. Also, I found with my eldest he completely took me by surprise one night by climbing out so I'd like to be better prepared this time around.
There are a few considerations when choosing a toddler bed, but the main one has to be the space available in the room. As you can see Georgia's room is quite small, and whilst we could probably squeeze a full size single in at a push, I have been looking at slightly smaller beds around 165cm long that will still last her a good few years, but leaves enough space for her wardrobe, dresser and chair without the bed dominating the space. I have also looked for beds that still retain a feeling of a cosy cot with a raised ends so that she doesn't feel too exposed, and low to the ground so she can climb in and out easily.
Here are a few of my favourites that would all work beautifully in Georgia's room:
This bed is right up my street, with it's Scandi style and clean lines it would fit beautifully into Georgia's room. It's available in plain white and also in white with Nordic oak legs and I love that it still retains some of the cosiness of a cot so she would still feel safe and secure. It is also available with a bed guard to prevent her falling out. Who knows if I'm lucky she might not even realise the sides are off and she can get out and wake us up in the middle of the night! Another advantage is that along with all the other Wood beds by Oliver Furniture, it can be converted as she grows older from 160cm into a full size European single (200cm), or a loft/bunk bed. It's definitely a contender.
Price from £662.
I've managed to resist splurging on a stunning Sebra cot bed on the basis that my two wouldn't get much use out of it, so I have to admit I got a little bit excited when I discovered that they have just released an extendable toddler bed. Along the same lines as the Oliver Furniture bed, the Sebra Junior & Grow bed starts at 165cm long which is the perfect proportions for smaller rooms but can be extended to 205cm over time as required. I am finding this one particularly hard to resist because it would also go perfectly with Georgia's toy crib, is that reason enough to splash out?
I also really love the Kukuu Bird & Berry design for it's minimal design and rounded edges. It comes with a good looking bed guard with a pretty branch design and is available in plain ivory, natural and ivory or natural and cocoa. (167 x 74cm)
Finally, I absolutely love the curves of this gorgeous day bed and whilst it would work beautifully with the colours in Georgia's room, it's totally off-brief as it's a full size UK single (90 x 190cm) so I'd have to change the layout around which I want to avoid doing ideally. It might be a good option for their playroom though... watch this space.
If you're also gearing up for the transition, here are a few other gorgeous beds that aren't quite right for Georgia's room but would work fabulously as a first big girl/boy bed.