Crib to toddler bed

Lauren - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 125 moms have responded )

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Has anyone switched or thought about switching from the crib to a toddler bed? Our crib converts and am not sure when to make the switch.

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Christa - posted on 03/29/2010

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When we switched my sons he was 18mo and he rolled out a couple times but I put a mattress under. he still gets up at night and now he just walks to our bed and finishes out the night

Marla - posted on 03/27/2010

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I moved my older daughter to a toddler bed at 27 months (crib converted). She never tried to get out of her crib, but it became evident that she was not happy in it (wasn't sleeping through the night, started fighting bedtime, etc). I was afraid she would be getting out to play, etc, but never did. Matter of fact she would always call for me when she woke up in the morning until her little sister was born and I explained that she needed to come to me so she wouldn't wake her sister. Several of my friends have kept their children in the crib until 3 since they were happy in it. I liked the toddler bed transition because it is so low to the ground that I was able to just put a couple of pillows next to the bed in case she fell out. Between 3.5 and 4 we moved her to a twin bed (she started to seem unhappy with her bed again, plus I was pregnant and wanted her out of the "crib" for a while before the baby started to use it.)

Jen - posted on 03/26/2010

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They say don't switch till they start claiming out of the crib so i waited but I ended up switching and she's 18 months old now and she sleeps great in it. But like others say it does depend on your child and if u feel there ready.

Rachael - posted on 03/25/2010

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With our 2nd due in 6 weeks we decided to move our 18mth DD straight to a single bed in a new room. I think it depends on the child ( our DD is v.independant lol) but one piece of advice i was given and as stood me in good steed is once you make a change, don't go back otherwise you its more than likely to create problems. We made it a big deal and started with her daytime sleep first. She was fine but when it came to the night sleep she was scared. We calmed her down and she was ok for the rest of the night. Since then we've only had one episode of her not wanting to go to bed but with positive reassurance, not giving an alternative sleeping arrangement and the same bedtime routine she is now perfectly happy in her 'big bed'. i think it may also depend on how you got them to sleep from the very beginning. We had her in a bassinet but in her own room from day one and i have kept to the same routine since birth. Also didn't have any issues with the move from the bassinet to the cot and did the same thing - started with day sleep.

Krystle - posted on 03/25/2010

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Every child is different. I bought my daughter a toddler bed before christmas when she was 14 months old. I had it all set up and the crib taken down and put away. She was so excited to see it and get on it. She slept great in it the first night but absolutely wouldnt sleep the second night until I put her crib back together and she went right to sleep. She is 19 months old now and she still sleeps in her crib, she doesnt try to climb out yet either. When I ask her if she wants to sleep in her big girl bed she says no. I guess it all depends on your child, and what he/she wants.

User - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter was an early climber so we decided to do the switch when she was 15 months old. We put her into a normal single bed with a bed rail guard. Funny thing is she has never tried to get out of it once! The switch was fabulous for us!

NICKI - posted on 03/09/2010

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UPDATE...MY SON HAS BEEN IN HIS TODDLER BED SINCE JANUARY 18TH...HE IS NOW 19 MTHS...HE HAS DONE WELL...AT NAP TIME HE GOES STRAIGHT TO SLEEP WITH NO HELP...AT NIGHT, WE DO THE SAME ROUTINE AND SOME NIGHTS HE STILL TRYS TO COME OUT OF THE ROOM...HE SLEEPS WITH THE ROOM COMPLETELY DARK...I HAVE FOUND THAT IF I SHUT THE DOOR ALL THE WAY, WHEN HE REALIZES THAT HE CANT GET OUT, HE GOES BACK TO BED...

THE ROUTINE IS A BIG PART OF GETTING THEM USE TO THE NEW BED...YOU HAVE TO KEEP THE SAME BEDTIME ROUTINE...DOESNT WORK FOR EVERYONE, BUT IT DOES HELP....

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi, we have just put our 17mth old into a toddler bed & he loves it! Although he usually only spends half nights in it but it has been really good for him as he is now comfortable being in his own bedroom.

Allison - posted on 02/03/2010

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We put our 17 month old daughter into a regular single bed around 2 1/2 months ago, and she loves it. She used to try and climb out of her cot, so when we found out I was pregnant again, we thought it was a great time to get her out of the cot. She loves it. She can climb up onto it, as well as climb down. We have put bed rails on just in case she falls out. She sleeps through the night as well, so I'm with all of the others when I say that her being in a regualr bed has been wonderful. But it does depend on the child. I have heard that when they do start trying to climb out of the cot, then its time to get them out purely for safety reasons. Whether you get a toddler bed or put them straight into a regular bed it's personal decision.
Hope all of these comments and suggestions from everyone have been helpful

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I've heard it's time to switch to a toddler bed when the child can climb out or when they reach 38 inches tall. I think that's the height limit when the mattress is on it's lowest level. Above that height, they can climb out not matter what. My son hasn't attempted to climb out yet so I'm in no hurry. I think between 18 months and 2.5 years is good. I am worried tho that he will get out and want to play. I've been putting a few smaller toys in his room lately and letting him play in there during the day. I just don't want him up at night playing with the diaper pail and whatever else he can get his hands on. I just had to hand the diaper stacker on the wall cause he thinks diapers are fun to play with! LOL

Patricia - posted on 01/31/2010

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We had our little girl in a twin bed not even a toddler bed at 10 months. We put the mattress and box spring on the floor. She fell out 3 times only, didn't hurt herself. She wasn't sleeping in her crib well...she kept getting up. One night we were fed up so we put her in the bed and she slept. So we have now kept her in the bed. The only drawback, she was walking before 12 months and she figured out how to get out of the bed and walk to our room. We don't close her door, we don't close ours. But if I had to do it over again I would. It has been a lot better this way.

Joella - posted on 01/31/2010

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I was wondering the same thing, then my parents said wait until they start trying to climb out of their crib. My daughter isn't doing that yet, so I will likely wait. I think it also depends if your child sleeps through the night every night.
Hope that was helpful.

Kristina - posted on 01/27/2010

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My little guy is 17months and isn't climbing out yet but I see it coming soon. I am concerned about him staying in a bed, but I do plan on getting a bed rail and possibly even a gate for his room so I don't have to keep the door closed. I have never worried about my son being cold, I dress him warm enough to not worry about him being covered or not. I am not sure what a gro bag is but i'm sure they can adjust easily. Why couldn't the gro bag be used on the bed?

Shannon - posted on 01/27/2010

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We made the switch a couple of weeks ago,,,she could have stayed in the crib a litle longer,,,but we needed it for the upcomming baby in febuary, we thought it would be a easier change to do it before the baby came. She has her days she does pretty good most of the time, lastnight was pretty hard. At frist she was not sure about getting out she would cry untill either my husband or I would get her out, but now she has learned how to get out so we see her every once and while after putting her down....it depends on how sleepy she is when we put her down. she loves the fact that she has her very own pillow so that helps. I would have kept her in her crib a little longer just because she doesnt sleep all the way through due to teething.,, we found her on the floor in our room last night,,:) I agree with waiting untill they are ready and trying to hurt themsevles by climbing out of the crib. GOOD LUCK!!

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I agree with the parents that say it depends on your child. We put a camera in our daughter's nursery when she was only a few months old so we would know when she was sleeping and when we should go in to comfort her. We watch her now, 17 months old, and she is ALL over the place when we put her in the crib. She's quiet but she's very active. No where near ready for a bed of her own!

NICKI - posted on 01/21/2010

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WELL, TODDLER BED IS GOING WELL FOR ME...MY SON WILL BE 18 MTHS ON FEB 1, AND HE LOVES HIS TODDLER BED..SLEEPING MUCH BETTER THROUGH THE NIGHT...DOING BETTER AT NAP TIME AS WELL...

NICKI - posted on 01/18/2010

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WE HAVE RECENTLY MOVED BACK IN WITH MY PARENTS, AND UP UNTIL NOW HE HAD HIS OWN ROOM...I WORRY THAT HE MAY TRY TO GET UP AND GET INTO THINGS IN THE ROOM...SOME NIGHTS HE WILL LIE DOWN AND GO TO SLEEP FINE, BUT OTHER NIGHTS, IT IS ALMOST A FIGHT..I AM NOT SURE IF HE IS WANTING THE FREEDOM TO DO IT ON HIS OWN OR WHAT..AT LEAST 2 NIGHTS A WEEK, HE WILL WAKE UP CRYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT...HE DIDNT START THAT UNTIL WE MOVED AND STARTED SHARING A ROOM..MY HUSBAND AND I THINK THAT WE COULD TRY THE TODDLER BED...IF IT DOESNT WORK, THEN WE COULD ALWAYS PUT THE SIDE BACK ON TO MAKE IT A CRIB AGAIN..ANY SUGGESTIONS??

NICKI - posted on 01/18/2010

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I HAVENT MADE A SWITCH YET EITHER..I WAS HOPING TO WAIT AT LEAST UNTIL HE IS TRYING TO CLIMB OUT OF HIS CRIB..I ALSO HAVE TO CONVERTABLE CRIB..IS YOUR CHILD CLIMBING OUT OF THE CRIB YET??

Jenna - posted on 01/15/2010

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my daughter hasn't tried to climb out of her crib at 16 months yet and seems pretty content with still being in her crib so I'm not worrying too much about it.

Valerie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I thought about putting the crib mattress on the floor. We won't need that mattress until much later with our #2 coming in Sept. That is a good idea. Funny about him not getting off the bed! I hope it will be that easy for us.

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We made the switch at 13 months. The crib that we have is a conversion crib as well, and with baby #2 on the way, we wanted to switch him early since we are using the crib for baby #2. We just put the crib mattress on the floor, and he loves it. The funny part is that he doesn't actually get off the bed until we come in the room in the morning, and if he does no big deal. He will sleep when he is tired.

Valerie - posted on 01/14/2010

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My sister with 3 told me not to buy a toddler bed. She said he'll only stay in it for 5 months or so, then it is time to get a twin. She suggested just getting a twin mattress with a sheet and put it directly on the floor. We are going to do that in the next couple of months. My son sleeps in a sleep-sack, so at this point, he can't get out of his crib. But, once winter is over, he'll be out of that, so the crib won't work anymore.

Ellie - posted on 01/12/2010

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We switched my son to a toddler bed soon after he was one, and it is working out great. For us we bought a new house and it seemed silly to put him in a crib in a new room just to switch him to a toddler bed later. I am very glad we tried it because he loves the freedom. Here are some of the things we did for the first week he slept in his toddler bed, first we made sure he was very tired and worn out, extra play at night, more baths than usual, and the first night I (somehow) laid on the toddler bed with him until he was almost a sleep. He picked it up in 2 days, and now when I lay him down for naps of course he gets outta bed and plays for a little while, but when the room is quiet I peek in and he will be sleeping on his bed!

Neva - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 17 month old will crawl into his big sisters toddler bed and plays in her bed (she will be 3 in March), so I'm scared to take him out of his crib yet, that he thinks the bed will be a toy. He is the climber of our four kids, so I have a feeling he will figure out how to climb out of his bed in the coming months.

Kath - posted on 01/11/2010

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i moved my daughter into her bed in nov when she was 15 months old, it was the best decision we've ever made, she's never ever liked her cot i assumed she felt trapped, and had never slept through the night, she would only sleep for about 3 hours then we would have tantrums all night. after putting her into her bed she now sleeps unstirred for 9 hours and at about 5.30-6am she comes into our room and cuddles up with us till about 7, we;ve put a bed guard up the top of her bed so she cant fall out but there's a gap at the bottom for her to get in and out herself, i suppose shefeels more grown up and independant being able to get in and out herself. we've had no problem with her sleep pattern since its been a godsend moving her crib to a bed!

Marcia - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hi everyone, I have switched my son to a toddler bed... and NOW... all he wants to do is sleep in my bed... because he has fallen out of the toddler bed... My husband and I were considering putting the crib back up!

Rhonda - posted on 01/10/2010

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We switched our son at 13 months to a single mattress on the floor, that way if he rolls he doesn't fall anywhere. We also put a gate on his bedroom door and leave the door open in the night. He sleeps much better this way, we are happier and when he wakes he just plays or comes to the door to call us instead of crying in a panic.

Mickie - posted on 01/10/2010

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I think if your child isn't getting out or attempting to get out, don't mess with a good thing. If they are and could possibly harm themself then I would switch. My 16 mo old is starting to lift her leg like she wants to climb out, but I can lower her crib one more setting, so I'm going to do that. I don't feel that she would stay in a toddler bed and sleep. She is tornado and into everything so I could see her getting out of bed instead of sleeping. Her older sister is in a toddler bed and she loves climbing in and out of it, which makes me also think that she would play more than sleep.



My older daughter was not a climber and never attempted getting out of her crib, She slept great in her crib so I didn't want to switch her to soon. I also didn't want to wait to long because I didn't want her to get attached to her crib and then have issues switching her. I switched her at about 2 1/2 yrs and it worked great!! That's what I'm planning on doing with my 16 mo old, unless there's reason to switch her sooner.

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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We are going to move our 17 month old next month. We moved my son at 18 months too. We used a twin mattress on the floor pushed up to the wall on two sides and a rail on the 3rd side.

Molly - posted on 01/10/2010

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i agree with laura dont mess with if it works my son is 17 months and is currently still in a crib. i have also heard a lot of people dont switch them till the child starts to climb out. Which my son has not tried to do yet!

Neva - posted on 01/10/2010

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We switched my oldest boy too early, and it was tough to get him to sleep in a big bed. So we switched my little girl at about this age when we began potty training, and we kept a toddler bed and the crib up in her room. When she wouldn't lay down in her toddler bed and to to sleep we would put her back in the crib. It took a couple of weeks until she was sleeping full time in the toddler bed, but it was a much easier transition than the older boy.

Nicola - posted on 01/09/2010

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I can't even fathom changing my 16 month old! She's been sleeping through the night since 7months old but she is very active and moves A LOT in her cot! I can just see that she will get out of bed and play or come and bother us or run around the house! We will have to change when we have a 2nd child but she will be 2 or older by then.
She also doesn't keep her blankets on her so we use a a sleeping bag in winter and all in one suit in summer.

Ashley - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter is 18 months and i switched her on christmas night. she has transitioned really well. i found it to be a great decision. every child is different though

Yesmine - posted on 01/09/2010

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I'm about to put my son (16 1/2 mnts) in his own bed either this month or next..(wen I find a nice mattress) I'm not too worried about him getting out and If he does he'll eventually get used to sleeping there n he's at that age where hes starting to follow directions and learning very fast and we still share a room so I'm close by if he falls out.. I'm pretty sure it's going to take some time for him to get used to but I think it's better to start sooner than later

Tabitha - posted on 01/09/2010

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I'm about to do the same thing... She can crawl up and down. My only worry is if she wakes up she'll crawl out of bed and come to me.. hmmm

Heather - posted on 01/09/2010

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I tried putting my son in about 15 months and he did roll out and fall on the floor-but he is a restless sleeper. I thought I might try it again at about 18 months, but then thought a twin bed might work because it is so much larger. We already have one and I will try to repost to let you know if it works. Oh and when he fell he woke up so I ended up taking him to bed with us in our bed for the rest of the night.

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I have five children and with all of them we used a "big girl" bed as their second birthday present. this has worked well for us but I agree it depends on the child.

Colette - posted on 01/08/2010

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I have my little Arianna in a toddler bed and she's been in it for a couple of months already !! She loves it and so do I ! She nocks on the door in the morning if we forget to open her door when we go to bed, othetrwise she comes into our room first thing in the morning !

Colleen Cahill - posted on 01/07/2010

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i am a mother of a one yr old grl and a 2 yr old grl , i am haveing LOTZ of problems putting my girls to be my one yr old actually 16 mths old love to go in her sister stoddler bed in sleep but then she gets up and keeps egttin up alll nigt n will wake up her sister and play till 4am there si nosettling her also my 2 yr old wont stay in her toddler bed nomore she is always up with er sister if it isnt one its the other its so frustrating they r both beautiful smart lil girls and ilove them to death but its so hard i only have a 2bdrm so i have put the baby in my room then i tried to swich her back to her sisters roon for sum provacy but it isnt working at ll does any one have any ideas it would eb greatly appreciated thks

Tracy - posted on 01/07/2010

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Well I swapped Seans crib to the toddler bed at the end of December but it seemed my only option to get him out of my bed. He will not sleep through the night in his crib, as soon as he realizes he is in it or even over it he freaks out. so now he is sleeping up to 5 hours straight in the toddler bed and we have a mattress on the floor beside it so if he rolls out it's still padded and I can sleep there til he is out again.
With my daughter I didn't convert it til she was 21 months because she suddenly climbed out. Fortunately she didn't fall off the rail, she just climbed out and came walking down the hall! We changed it that afternoon to keep her safe. My advice is to keep them cribbed as long as it is safe and they are sleeping well. Sean really hates to be confined in the crib, he hated swaddling too. hope this helps

Tracy - posted on 01/07/2010

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my daughter will be 17 months this week. at 15 1/2 months i switch her crib to a toddler bed. she did try to climb out of the crib but she wouldnt sleep all through the night.it all depends on the kid and how they will take to the toddler bed. my daughter instead of crying at night when she woke up,she got out of her own bed and played with her toys :) . she also loved the fact that she can climb in and out of the toddler bed all by herself.

Marie - posted on 01/06/2010

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my son went into his bed at 14 months he has a thomas bed which was in his room aswell, he chose one night to sleep in it and he has been there ever since. have just put a stair gate to stop him coming out of his room

Marija - posted on 01/06/2010

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I personally think 16 months is too young for a toddler to be in their own bed, I would be happier nearer the 2 year mark. My daughter is quite happy in her cot and sleeps very well in it and she doesns't try to climb out. I would be worried about transfering her into a bed now in case it distrups her sleeping and she can get out herself, there is also the safety aspect of this.

Marija - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Ashley:

This is a good question. I have wanted to switch my toddler over, the only problem is that when I put him in the bed, I am worried he will get out of the bed and try to play instead of sleep. Does that make sense?



I totally agree with you Ashley, I worry that my daughter will keep getting out of bed and play, I think 16 months is too young and we should be thinking about it when they are nearer 2.

Lorna - posted on 01/06/2010

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we moved our daughter at 18 months because i was due to have my son and she was fine but did tend to get out and come into us. But we have moved our son at 14 months cause he is a climber and has tried to get out of cot he has settled in the bed but hasnt yet sussed that he can get out on his own. I think it depends on if you have to move them or if the child needxs moving if there happy leave them till you think reaDy

Katrina - posted on 01/06/2010

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My little one is going on 18mo and I tried to convert hers a month ago and she rolled right off by morning LOL I had put pillows and blankets on the floor just in case and sure enough she was curled up sound asleep on the floor. Even in her crib she moves around AALOT. I'm gonna have to wait for her to stop moving around so much. She does well on our bed so I might convert hers all the way to the full.

Alauni - posted on 01/06/2010

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Like Rachel - my 16month old is my 3rd child and not ready for bed - she moves around during her the night and even with safety rails it wont stop her from falling off, and i want her to stay put lol... - my older 2 - i moved to toddler bed at the age of 2 and 2 n half - u should never close bedroom door until ur child is at least 4 or 5, insert gate on door or leave door ajar....

Rachael - posted on 01/05/2010

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I agree that it all depends on your child. I am surprised how many of you have already transitioned to a toddler bed. That's impressive! I don't think my 16 month old son is near ready. If he woke up, he would certainly get up and cry and I don't think I could get him to stay in a toddler bed long enough to fall asleep. He needs the crib to stay put lol! Also, he was born with club feet, which is corrected now, but he wears a brace on his feet at night and can only crawl with it on and I'm afraid he would hurt himself if he fell out as the brace is fairly heavy. He will wear the brace until he is four and I am concerned about how he will get up in the middle of the night when he is older to use the bathroom or has a bad dream or what not. Do you any of you have experience with club feet and bedtime with an older child? With my daughter, who is 7 now, I switched her to a toddler bed around two or so. We did have some trouble at first with her getting up, but it didn't last long. I would wait until two at least if I was you. Good luck!

Rikki - posted on 01/05/2010

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We moved our 16 month old over to a toddler bed already as she was used to something similar from daycare. She transitioned to the toddler room at her school and cots are used at nap time. We noticed that she became more and more agitated the longer we tried to continue using her crib and thought that it may be because she no longer sleeps in one at school. The change went over very well. Our only issue now is that she doesn't want to go to bed at all. LOL.

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