When to switch to a junior bed? 

There's no right answer - it all depends on your child's needs and development. Read more about how to find out if it's time to move your child to a junior bed.

As a rule of thumb, children are usually between 18 months and 3 years old when they move to a junior bed. Find out more about whether you should get a junior bed by reading on below.

At the end of the article, we make suggestions for the best junior beds for your child.

Maybe your child is starting to crawl out of his or her cot, or maybe he or she just doesn't seem happy with his or her bed. There can be many reasons for parents to consider when to make the switch to a junior bed.

Some children love their cot, and feel a great sense of security lying in a little "cave". Other children thrive better with the ability to crawl in and out of their own bed, and therefore sleep better when they move to a junior bed. Another advantage of a junior bed is that parents can sit on the edge of the bed and read bedtime stories or hold hands if the child wants to. In this way, you are less separated from your child with a junior bed than when you have a three-poster bed.

Here we have listed three points for you to consider when deciding whether you should get a junior bed.

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  • Is there enough room in the cot?

    If your pooch has long legs and space is tight in the cot, it's time to switch to a bigger bed. Other children can lie stretched out in a cot up to the age of 3.

  • Do you have a "breakaway king"?

    Is your child trying to climb over the edge of the cot? Or has he or she even managed to break out? It can be dangerous if your child tries to climb out in the middle of the night. So, if you have a little escapee at home, it's a good idea to switch to a junior bed. On some cribs, you can take the side off so it's open, which can also be the solution to the problem.

  • Does your child like his bed?

    Does your child sleep through the night, or does she wake up and want to be picked up several times a night? Some children thrive better in a bed they can climb in and out of themselves. It can also be great for them if they can get out of bed and join mum and dad during the night.

Find the best junior bed for kids

If you decide it's time for a new junior bed, we've picked out some of the best junior beds for kids below.

Of course, when it comes to finding the best junior bed for your child, it's important to choose one that meets safety requirements and is free of nasty chemicals. So always make sure you read the product label before you buy. A bed is a slightly larger piece of furniture, and not so handy to carry home in shopping bags. If you order online, you can have the bed delivered to your door. Online there is often a wide selection of beds and you can look in several different retailers.

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Here, we've tried to make things a little more manageable by highlighting the best junior beds for kids.

Babydan junior bed - a good and cheap junior bed

Babydan junior bed negotiated at Coop and costs 1.149 kr.

A classic Babydan junior bed in a neutral design that will fit in any children's room. The bed is equipped with bed rails for added safety. The bed frame is especially a good idea after the transition from the cot, as the child is used to the fact that you can't fall out. This junior bed measures 70 x 160 cm, so it's a good size without being too big.The bed rails run approximately 2/3 along the edge. This junior bed is therefore best if the child does not lie too restlessly at night, so he or she does not lie down at the other end where there is no protection from the bed frame. The advantage, on the other hand, is that there is plenty of room for mum or dad on the edge of the bed, and it is easy to get in and out of bed.


Flower junior bed with flowers and butterflies

Beautiful junior bed with practical storage space - perfect for the girls' room

A suggestion for the best junior bed for the girl who loves the colour pink. The bed is very nice and is decorated with flowers in beautiful and feminine colors. The edge of the bed goes up slightly around the headboard, creating cosiness and security for the child. It's a good idea to add an extra bed frame if your child is very restless. There are practical drawers under the bed for storing bedding or toys. The junior bed for girls is made of sturdy MDF with lacquered surfaces. The bed is suitable for mattress size 140 x 70 cm.

High quality princess bed

Wooden junior bed in a beautiful princess design

Do you have a real princess at home? Then this junior bed is just the thing. It's not a cheap cot, with a price tag of £5,569. The price of this junior bed is higher than so many others because it is made of solid wood. The bed looks great with crowns painted in gold on the pink ends. The legs and balls on top of the gables are also gold, and help give the bed a truly royal look. Drawers can be added to the bed to provide storage space. The junior bed is a full 200 cm long, so it can be used for a long time. However, if it is to be used for a small child under 2 years old, it is a good idea to purchase a bed frame for extra safety. This bed can be purchased from the webshop Minegenverden, where many beautiful pieces of furniture in this series are sold.

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Half-height junior bed - get more floor space in the children's room

A cosy half-height junior bed with a beautiful curtain (choose from several colours and designs). The bed costs DKK 1999.

A semi-high junior bed is an exciting option for many children. It provides more floor space, which you can almost always use. The child can play den under the bed, where there is room for a real cosy corner. Many children will find it fun to climb into bed and sleep a little higher up. However, this is not necessarily the best junior bed for your child. If your child is likely to wake up and get out of bed at night, or even sleepwalk, then a half-height bed is not a good junior bed, as you could fall and hit yourself. It's also hard for mum or dad to sit on the edge of the bed when it's nap time. In general, a half-height bed probably the best junior bed for slightly older children from around 5 years upwards.