When to go from crib to toddler bed?

Heather - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




At what age did you switch your kids from their crib into a toddler bed? Did they show any signs?


Rebekah - posted on 04/20/2011




I switched my son into a bed when he was 12 months, not because he was climbing out of his crib... actually he never climbed out of his crib or even tried, he always waited for us to respond when he woke up in the mornings. I switched him because he was getting too big for his crib, he's such a tall boy, and I could hear him at night banging into the sides and he'd wake up then settle back down to sleep. So we switched him to see how he would do... he slept great!

He doesn't run out of bed at night or even fight me for bedtime. I have a set bedtime routine and I created a traffic light, so if he does get up, he can use the green, yellow and red balls that I velcroed to this traffic light. Once he gets to the red one he's not allowed out of bed anymore. So he can have 3 excuses. So far we haven't even used this, except for a couple of nights, but he only climbed out of bed once and didn't do it again.

Every kid is different, you have to see what is best for you. I believe you as a mom will know when it's time to switch your child. :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011




My kids were between 16 months and 18 months when I switched. With my boys, they started climbing out of their crib on their own. With my daughter, we were moving, and I thought since she was making a major change anyway, I may as well not take the crib with us, and set up a big girl bed. None of my kids had any issues with the switch. I never used a toddler bed though, I always used a twin size bed with one side against the wall and a safety rail on the other side (between $15-$20 at wal-mart). It saved us money from having to buy another bed later on, and I never had to worry about trying to switch beds again.

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Charity - posted on 04/27/2011




We switched our son at 12 months because he was climbing in and out. He was very happy to switch, and we put the crib mattrace on the floor next to the bed in case he fell out.
With our daughter we set up a toddler bed in her room at 12 months, but she refused to sleep in it until she was three. Then she only slept in it because I took the crib away because she was way too big for it. She hated the toddler bed and within a few months of putting her in it we bought her a twin sized bed and she hasn't had a problem since.

Julie - posted on 04/20/2011




We switched my son at about 18 months because I was pregnant again, and I knew it would be difficult for me to lift him in and out of his crib. We had been given a toddler bed, so it had been set up in his room for a few months already, and he could climb in and out easily. I put him in for a couple naps at first; I put his favorite stuffed animals and blankets there and he climbed up no problem. The biggest problem we had we when we switched him at bedtime is that he will not get out of bed if we are not in the room. The first night, his absolute favorite stuffed puppy felt out of the bed, and he was so upset he had to move to his crib for the rest of the night. The next night, we didn't have any problems. Now he is 2-1/2, loves his bed, but still won't get out of bed, which causes some problems when he has to use the bathroom at night (he is already potty trained). I know it's good that he's not getting up and roaming the house, but I'm not sure why he doesn't get up; he's never gotten in trouble for it, and we've never really told him not to.

Vanessa - posted on 04/20/2011




Ditto to what Deena B. posted. That is exactly what we did with our daughter.

Deena - posted on 04/20/2011




I agree with the other two moms who have left a post. Switch to a toddler bed when they are figuring out how to climb in and out of their crib.

Heather - posted on 04/20/2011




I honestly no longer remember when we switched our girls. I know that they had been climbing out for a while, and we wanted them to be able to get back in on their own... Most people switch when their kids can or try to climb out for safety reasons.

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