I am regularly asked this question, and the answer simply is to wait for as long as possible. 2 ½ to 3 years is a good age as your child will begin to understand the concept of staying in bed, respond to rewards etc. If you move your child to a bed too young, your child will get out of bed frequently during the night, you will then go through a pain stacking few months of bringing your child back to bed. If your child is climbing out of the cot, your child will most definitely climb out of bed.

If your child climbs out of the cot, ensure the cot is set to the lowest level and there is no toys in the cot which your child can stand on to help him get out. You should make sure the child’s landing is soft and safe to avoid injury. Closely monitor your child every night and any time your child climbs out of the cot simple put him back in lying down and leave the room. Repeat this until your child gets bored of the game and goes back to sleep. Generally after a few nights of this they don’t bother doing it any more. This greatly reduces the chance of your child climbing out during the night when he goes into a light sleep, as it will take too much effort , he will turn over and go back to sleep. However if your child is too young when he goes to a bed, his first instinct when he wakes will be to get out of bed. As your child may not understand reward systems fully it will take a lot longer to teach your child to stay in his own bed.


Consultation with Tailored Plan & Support

Recommended for parents experiencing settling issues and/or frequent night awakenings.  Includes a tailored step-by-step plan.

Single Consultation

Recommended for parents who want to discuss and overcome minor sleep issues with their baby or young child.

1st Year of Sleep

The 1st year of a baby's life is a very busy and exciting time. With this package you will have a helping hand all the way to guide you through developing a workable routine for your baby along with helping you through any sleep issues that may arise.

Public Talks & Media

As a Baby Sleep Consultant I give talks, seminars and training courses to the public & businesses.


Here is what Baby Sleep Academy customers had to say:

Hilda & Robbi

Hilda & Robbi

Before we met Edel were we completely exhausted and at our wits end, up every night at least 7 times with our son. Within about 10 days Dylan was happy in his cot and slept 12 hours straight! We couldn't speak more highly of Edel and she was such a fantastic person to deal with.*



Without Edel’s help and support I know I certainly wouldn’t be in a home with two very happy & content boys that sleep all night and thrive on their routine each day. She always understood how I felt. We would highly recommend Edel as a baby sleep consultant – she’s amazing!!*



I had no time to myself the entire day and despite being a new Mom and being told that this time was unpredictable I knew in my gut that it was wrong. We put our faith in Edel’s expertise in terms of sleep and we weren't disappointed. With the constant doubt we felt as new parents she was able to point us in the right direction.*

* The testimonials appearing on this site were actually received via e-mail submission. They are individual experiences, reflecting real life experiences of those who have used our services. They are individual results and results do vary. We do not claim that they are typical results.  Testimonial Disclaimer

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