When to start using a toddler bed?

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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When do you feel is the best time to start using a toddler bed?

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Sacha - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son is 13 months old and is happy to be in his crib.

The first sign that a child should be in a toddler bed is usually when they find a way to climb out and will not say in a crib anymore. Some children could be in a crib until after their second birthday. It all depends on the child and the situation.

I am happier with having my son in a crib because i know when he wakes up he will play happily in bed... eventually that will change then we will see how it goes with getting up and playing....

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My sister in law did the mattress on the floor and I have known others to do it and I think it's a great way to introduce the bed.

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Ashley - posted on 07/14/2010

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My son is going to be 15 months pretty soon here, he is in a toddler bed now, We just recently decided to switch him. He is a climber and we were worried that one day he would climb out of his crib. He handled the toddler bed very well! The first night he just stayed in it, did not get out to try and play or anything! Of course that changed the night after, but he loves it. I feel more comfortable knowing that he is safe and lower to the ground in case he takes an accidental tumble. But I think it all really depends on your child. Whether or not you think he/she will climb out of the crib or not. Kids can normally stay in cribs until they are up to 2 years old. So no need to rush or worry yet!

Robin - posted on 07/13/2010

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my daughter is 15 months and still in her crib. my oldest started using a toddler bed at 14 months only because of daycare! they started having her sleep on a cot at 16 months so i thought it would be a good idea to get her used to not having the crib around her! she loved it. im keeping my 15 month old in the crib as long as possible!

Nikki - posted on 07/10/2010

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my daughter received a toddler bed for her first birhday. she loves it. she doesnt fall out. she wakes up over night and comes and crawls in bed with me. we share a room currently.

Merry - posted on 07/10/2010

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Tara, btw, i just have to say i love the name Brendan! we are trying to conceive currently and we really are hoping for a boy that we will name Brendan:) i havent met any Brendans before and I keep wondering if everyone will think i said Brandon when i say his name. does this happen to you?

Tara - posted on 07/09/2010

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All of these were so helpful. My son is 15 months of age and I have been starting to wonder when to make the transition. Brendan loves his crib and although he trys to climb it hasn't gotten to the point of danger. At least now I know that he is not the only one if he still is in his crib by 24 months.

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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i started putting mine in toddler beds when they could safely climb on & off the sofa. I also put a pillow on the floor the first few weeks in case they fell out.

Merry - posted on 07/07/2010

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I was thinking about the sofa thing too, Eric can safely get on and off. But I thought about if he is half awake in a drowsy state of mind then he might not be as coordinated. Also he could roll his way off of a toddler bed or even crawl around to find a good spot and fall off in his sleep.

Suzy - posted on 07/07/2010

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my daughter is 14 months and i was wondering the same she is a lil shortie so i was doubtfull. i always got told that as long as they can get on and off the sofa safely then it is time to try a bed.

Louise - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have to say that my 14 month old can climb the stairs by himself and even though we have gates on the stairs top and bottom i don't like the idea of him in a bed where he can get out. My elders sons bed is a full sized bed but toddler bed height and last week he climbed onto that and promptly fell off it and banged his nose. Thankfully he can't climb the crib as it is a pretty deep one so I'm going to leave him there until at least 2. Longer if possible. I'd prefer him safe in a crib than at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. And trust me our room is the last place he'd head for if he could get out of a bed himself!

Merry - posted on 06/28/2010

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if your kiddo isnt to great with the climbing thing or if you worry about them falling out of a toddler bed, there really is nothing wrong with putting the mattress straight on the floor! It isnt the way we think it should be but it is safe and safe and safe! Eric is a great climber but i will still not put him into a toddler bed for awhile because in a sleepy state i dont think he would be too coordinated o climb out. Mattress on the floor is a wonderful option that really isnt considered much, try it out!

Denise - posted on 06/28/2010

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I was just wondering about this last night...my Oliver is almost 36" tall already and our crib has an attached changing table. He stands up in the crib and has started attempting to get out over the table part! He tosses and turns at night but when he does get up he always is lifting one leg up to get out. Maybe reassembling it to the toddler bed mode is best. At least safer for him. I don't want to do it too late...

Rachel - posted on 06/28/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old and im due to have another bub in 3 months, and thats my problem.. I dont know if i should buy another cot or buy my daughter a single bed? She still moves around alot and hasn't worked out how to climb down from things. I personally dont feel ready to put my daughter in a toddler bed but cots are so expensive...

Alba - posted on 06/26/2010

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Right away! I think it is healthy for a baby to be able to get out of their bed when ready instead of having to cry in a crib to be rescued. I would start out with a mattress on the floor and then work your way up to the toddler bed frame.The baby will learn not to fall off the edge very quickly and it they do, they are just inches from the ground.

Kelly - posted on 06/26/2010

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My Lily is 14 months old and I'm just looking for a toddler bed now , Lily will not sleep in her cot at all she just screams and screams so has now been sleeping with me for the past few months so hoping a big girl bed will help!

Patricia - posted on 06/25/2010

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i'm in no hurry to move little princess from her crib to a big girl bed yet either but the crib is starting to fall apart. ok not really fall apart but we;re using zip ties to keep the one side from releasing nad falling to half mast in the niddle of the night. (you kinow the side of the crib you can raise and lower to make getting baby in and out of bed easier? yeah. that side. lol.) it doesnt help that my son likes to play with the crib either. we've decided that we'll move princess to the toddler bed once we move (our house is on the market right now) and the kids have seperate rooms. my son will go to a big kid bed and pass the toddler bed on to the baby.

Amber - posted on 06/25/2010

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Wow. My son turned two back in February and is still in a crib. He is totally happy in there and even though he could easily climb out of the bed, he has never done it. I have not worried about putting him into a bed but maybe should consider it. His litle brother is 14 months and is still in a crib also. My other kids were in cribs til they were about two and a half, with the exception of my daughter, who stayed in a crib until she was three and a half. I am really in no hurry to move him out of his bed.

Merry - posted on 06/25/2010

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Hey Robyn that exactly what I was going to say! Eric is still in his crib but when we stop using the crib I'll just put the mattress on the floor! Cheap safe easy and then when he is too long for the toddler mattress we can put him into a regular twin bed.

Robyn - posted on 06/24/2010

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We put our 2 year old son's mattress directly on the floor and it works great. No worries about him hurting himself!

Emma - posted on 06/24/2010

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Ive got a 13 month old daugther and she is still sleeping in her cot she doesn't know how to climb out of her cot yet but when she turns 2 next i'll be putting her in a single bed all of her own with side rails on the side to stop her from falling out.

Stevie - posted on 06/24/2010

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I put my first son in a toddler bed just after he turned one..We moved house and set up his toddler bed instead of his cot and he loved it, he thought it was absolutly fantastic because he could get in and out himself..It all depends on the child and if you think baby is ready for a bed..

Patricia - posted on 06/24/2010

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the people who make toddler beds recommend they be at least 18 months old before using a toddler bed. with my son we didnt move him to the toddler bed until he was 2. he started climbing his crib like a tree (even when we had the mattress at the lowest setting.. or whatever you call it. sorry my mind went blank there.) my daughter likes to climb in and out her brother's bed and lay down in it but she thinks its a game. she likes to jump on his bed. lol.

Jaquay - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son is 14 months and I moved him to a toddler bed as soon as he could walk. He hated his crib, but now he loves the bed and dont want to get out.

Becky - posted on 06/22/2010

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My daughter is 14 months and for the past week and a half has been happily sleeping in her toddler bed. She HATED the crib and would cry for hours straight whenever she was in it. We have her in our room and the door is shut at night so she cant get out of the room and if she wakes up, it will wake us up. She is sleeping more peaceful than she has in months and goes to bed much easier! Its up to you and your child what you do. Whatever is best. For us, its the toddler bed with a body pillow on the floor next to her just in case she rolls over the edge.

Nicole - posted on 06/21/2010

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my daughter will be 15 months and still in her crib. we dont plan on moving her to a bed til around 2, because when she sleeps at night she tosses and turns way to much. her head is always on the opposite side of the crib from when we laid her down and shes always against the bars. we arent even going to use a toddler bed, just a reg one and get the bar to put on the side when the time comes.

Marnie - posted on 06/21/2010

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Heather, I am due with our second in a few months and our first is not ready for a toddler bed or a big bed. A friend who was done having kids passed a crib down to us. We may not use it but I am glad we have 2 cribs in case we want to leave our son in his until he is 2. The one we were given also turns into a toddler bed so we have that added bonus when he is ready.

Heather - posted on 06/20/2010

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I am wrestling with this delimma as well. My son is almost 14 months old and still in a crib. I am due with his little sister in 2 months and am not even sure that I'll be ready to put him in a toddler bed at that time either. So, do I buy another crib, do I put him in a toddler bed even though I'm not comfortable with it or do I just put Lilly in a pack n play bassinet thing for a couple of months and see how I feel then?

Charmaine - posted on 06/19/2010

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my son is in a toddler bed... we have one of them 3 in one cribs (crib, toddler bed and double bed in 1) so its low to the ground... he is a good sleeper so we have no issues with it and i actually like it because in the morning he just gets up and comes into the living room where im drinking my morning coffee :) its so cute

Louise - posted on 06/18/2010

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Lorrie. We bought a full sized bed for my son at 2 years but it is a foot and a half from the ground. We debated the fullbed/rail thing and came to the conclusion that it's another foot higher for them to fall when they climb over it.
If you go this option I'd suggest padding your floor with spare pillows or duvet just in case!

Lorrie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I think that Emmy may be ready for the toddler bed but I am defiantly not ready for her to be in a toddler bed. My other issue is a discussion between my husband and I about whether we should go straight to a big bed and get rails for the side. We obviously haven't decided yet. Another night for Emmy in the crib

Louise - posted on 06/17/2010

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They say that a child is not ready for a toddler bed till they are able to climb out of their crib themselves. Then a bed is safer for them.

Something to think about also that happened us on our first. We got him a low racing car bed at 2 as his crib was starting to fall to pieces. It was my old crib! The problem me had was that he was not a good sleeper meaning that now he could easily get out and he wouldn't always come into us. I heard a noise and woke up to find him in the bathroom with a very expensive bottle of bubblebath in his hand. My biggest fear was the stairs even though we had a stair gate.
If I could have done it again I would hae waited maybe six months longer. Instead of the controlled crying method I was trying now I wouldn't even have left the room before he was at my heels. Disaster!'n

Mary Lynn - posted on 06/17/2010

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we probably even consider a toddler bed until at least 2 years old. Every child is different, do what you think is best for you and your child.

Kristen - posted on 06/17/2010

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I read that you should move your child to toddler bed when they start trying to climb out of the crib or when they reach 36 inches.

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2010

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Thanks you everyone. Tristan likes to crawl in and out of the toddler bed but he thinks its a game so I wasnt sure if I should continue to get him to sleep or wait till he is older. The only other thing is that he doesnt have a room of his own right now, he shares it with me.

Maggie - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son went from a hammock to his toddler bed at 8 months old. we have the toddler version of the little tykes race car bed and we had a mattress made to custom fit. i loved it because there was no risk of falling between the mattress and edge and because it's hard plastic, i also did not worry about suffocation.

Destini - posted on 06/15/2010

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Well my daughter has been using the toddler bed for about 2-3 months now and I find that she loves being able to get in and out of bed on her own! I had to teach to use her pillow to help her get up and down because she is still a little too short to just hop in bed! So I would say its completely up to you and how you feel about whether your child is ready for that transition or not... One down fall I would have to admit to is that for the past few nights I have woken up to find her asleep on the floor instead of in the bed! But she doesn't cry she just gets down and lays on the pillow on the floor and falls back asleep!

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