Toddler or Twin bed?

Sherrey - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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What is your opinion? If we buy a toddler bed it is cheaper and we can still use his mattress. If we get a twin bed we have to buy a bed, box spring, mattress and sheets. Also we would have to rearrange his furniture.

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Melissa - posted on 06/18/2009

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I went for a toddler bed so as it was only the style of the bed that changed and the matress kept the familiarity feeling once mine was asleep, hope that helps

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Jenny - posted on 06/20/2011

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We also went with a twin....we knew that we would have to eventually anyways. we bought the side rails they worked great she wasabout 16 months old. Hope it helps

Jill - posted on 08/04/2009

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walmart.com had a sale on toddler beds for $48 it takes 7-10 days and they will deliver to the store, if thats what you decide. From what I read in other posts: pay $50? for toddler now and $250 for twin later, or pay $250 for twin now, and never worry about it? Spounds liek the cheaper route is the twin bed. If thats not an issue.....

Charli - posted on 08/03/2009

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We went straight for the twin. We bought bunk bed and set it on the lowest pegs. That way she is only a foot from the ground and all her stuffed animals go on top (so they are out of the way).

Kelly - posted on 08/03/2009

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our decision was made easy given all the cute character toddler beds. They just moved up into their character twin beds! I don't regret dragging it out...it saved money since I didn't have to buy new bedding ans stuff until just now. It was a big job with 2 very anxious kids around wanting to "sleep" in their new beds! Good Luck!

Maly - posted on 07/30/2009

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Go for a twin because it'll last longer and you'll eventually need one anyway since he's going to continue getting bigger. You can always buy safety bars if you're afraid he'll fall off. It's more expensive, but it'll be a better investment.

Jamie-Ann - posted on 07/30/2009

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We were given a toddler bed, so at about 16 months he went into the toddler bed (right after we found out we were preggo again). His little sister is about to move up to the toddler bed so tonight is his first night in the twin bed!

Liza - posted on 07/30/2009

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We bought a toddler bed, and my son grew out of it in less than a year so we had to get a twin. We should have gotten one from the beginning

Allegra - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son has a regular twin size bed. Hes 2 1/2 but 40in tall so he's a big boy. It would have been a waste for us to by a toddler bed because he'd have outgrown it so soon. We have his bed next to the wall with a bumper still up on the side so that he won't fall out.

Takaoiya - posted on 07/29/2009

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my daughter went to a toddler bed, then a twin, i wanted to to that because i felt such a big change would be too much for her, plus she is smaller for her age so for my girl i thought it woudl be the best, it depends on the child i think maybe ask you son what he wants to do toddler bed or twin

Jill - posted on 07/29/2009

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We just recently moved our 3 year old straight from his crib to a full size bed. That way if he is sick, scared,etc., I can lay down and sleep with him. We had done the same thing for our 5 year old and it worked out really well.

Cristine - posted on 07/27/2009

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We were expecting another baby so we knew we'd need our oldest's nursery furniture still. Our daughter was 28 months when she got a new room, new bed and new furniture all at the same time and she did really well with the transition. We got her a twin bed, pushed it up against the wall and put a barrier/support thing on the open side so she wouldn't fall out (she still sleeps all over the place!). It still leaves enough room for her to climb in and out of bed on her own, but she has never tried to get out of bed until I go get her. She wakes up from her nap or in the morning by saying that she's up and ready to get out of bed and the second I open her door, she climbs out. Good luck with the transition!

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we had a toddler bed. we used it for a year with our oldest. but second baby is over a year and what do i do now buy 2 toddler beds? I would invest in what you want to have him sleep in when he's older..... so you don't waste money in the long run buying many different things. I'm buying bunkbeds for my 2 boys.

Jenna - posted on 07/10/2009

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I went MacGyver with my son's crib. He is now 3 and still sleeps in his Makeshift day bed. What I did was took off the sliding side of the crib (the side that is supposed to go up and down) and made sure the other sides were sturdy. Then just kept it that way. he loves it! He thinks its a big boy's bed! I purchased a bunk bed for my daughter (5) and my oldest son (almost 9). Once we move into a 3 bedroom, come Feb of next year, the boys will share the bunk beds, and I will buy Vivien her own bed. This will give you at least another 2 years without having to buy a toddler bed!!! Its great!



Here is a picture of his bed:

http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x175/...

Amy - posted on 07/10/2009

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My son's crib converted to a toddler bed as well. We have a twin in the spare room upstairs and are thinking of bringing it down for him soon. He sleeps with so many friends (stuffed animals) that the toddler bed is getting cramped. His critters fall off in the middle of the night and he wakes up crying - looking for them. Definately go for a twin or full size. Like Brandy said... eventually (not it won't be that far in the future) you'll have to upgrade. Plus you could always get a folding bed rail if you worry about the child falling out. They're in expensive ($25 or so) plus if you visit family, they travel well and adapt to any bed.

Brandy - posted on 07/07/2009

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If you have to buy one or the other types of bed, definately go for a twin. Why spend more money for a toddler when you will have to get a twin anyways. A twin also isn't much higher than a toddler. We used a toddler for a little while only because her crib went to a toddler. Now she is in a full size bed and has never fallen out of it. A toddler bed is just a waste of money.

Cassondra - posted on 07/07/2009

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we put my son in a twin bed in feb. when we got our taxes back. plus, the cute toddler bed wasnt so cute anymore. i was sick of it. we just have the mattress / box spring. not the frame yet. we'll wait on that one. as far as sheets, clearance. we'd get a full sheet set [fitted, top & pillow case] for like $3.

Dawn - posted on 07/07/2009

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using a twin bed you'll get more mileage out of it. my daughter has been sleeping in a twin since she turned 2 and she'll probably have that thing til she moves out. try looking on craigslist or the pennysaver to save some money. you'll have to get one eventually anyway

Lindsey - posted on 07/05/2009

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We choose the toddler bed for the same reason. We loved her mattress, it was a 0 - 20lbs on one side, then a 21 - 55lbs on the other side. I wasn't ready to give it us. Also, She seemed less nervous about the transition into the bed. It is low to the ground and has built in "borders" to prevent them from rolling out of the bed. You also save money on the bed rails when you choose a toddler bed ;0

Jenell - posted on 07/05/2009

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What we did is we bought one of those convertable cribs that turns into the toddler bed. We converted to the todler bed this March (she turned 2 in October). When she turns 4 we plan on converting it again because it has the option to use pieces of it as a headboard and footboard for a full size bed. It's pretty conveinient.

Sandy - posted on 07/05/2009

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I moved my daughter from her crib to a toddler bed at 18 months. That way the size of the bed is the same (doesn't feel lost), it's low to the ground so minimal damage if she falls, and it was a LOT cheaper. Walmart sells a very nice toddler sized sleigh bed (minus mattress) for $50. Granted, the weight limit is 50 lbs and so now that my daughter will be 3, it's time to move to a twin size bed soon.

It's up to you, if you're worried about injury from falling, they make plastic rails for the sides that slide between the mattress/box springs for pretty cheap too. (think around $20)

Jana - posted on 06/20/2009

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We went for a twin, but without the frame, that way if a fall does happen, it's not very far. Our thought was he'll need a twin bed eventually.... Twin sheets can be had for not much - especially if you get them from a reputable second hand shop.

My 3 yo son never liked his crib, but loves his "big boy bed".

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2009

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We were (thankfully) given a toddler bed because my son is so tall he grew out of the toddler bed within a year and we wound up buying a twin after all. It made for a smooth/easy transition but if it had not of been a hand me down I would of been frustrated with the double expense.

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2009

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We were (thankfully) given a toddler bed because my son is so tall he grew out of the toddler bed in only a year and then we wound up getting a twin after all. The toddler bed made a very easy/smooth transition, but if it had not been a hand me down I would of been frustrated!

Gabrielle - posted on 06/19/2009

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We were originally going to get a twin - one less bed to buy in the long run and toddler beds seem to sell for $200 or more. But we found a very cute toddler bed at a yard sale for only $15, so we went with that. And it was very nice to be able to reuse the mattress and some of the sheets.

Reyna - posted on 06/19/2009

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I got my daughter a twin. I figure I have to get her one anyway .She never did fall out of it. I am pretty sure she was about 18 months.

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