Have you switched out of the crib?

User - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Have you switched from a crib to a toddler bed yet? My ltitle guy is 17 months, and has issues going to sleep anywhere else except for his crib - which he sleeps wonderfully in. But he is starting to look pretty big in it so I was thinking about starting to look for a toddler bed in the next month or so. How did your transition go from the crib? Our son has slept by himself in his crib since he was three months old and sleeps 12 hours solid at night. I hate to disrupt it....... what do you think?

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Julie - posted on 05/23/2009

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i had to move my son out of his crib when he was 14months old as managed to climb out of it. The next day we moved him int to his bed with the a little safety side on it and we have had no bother since. so i think your little boy will let you know when he is ready to move

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Selina - posted on 06/02/2009

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we have a crib that you can turn into a bed by removing one panel. Tried that yesterday as our son is 18 months this week. We turned it back into a crib because he stood up and tried to walk out of it. We may get him a big boy bed and put it in the room with his crib so he gets use to the idea of it.

Rebecca - posted on 06/02/2009

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I'd say let him stay in the cot if he sleeps soundly. My son is in a single bed and has been since 14 months but the only reason we did that is because he climbed out of his cot one night hit his head and hasn't been back in since.. So I guess it all depends on the baby

User - posted on 05/30/2009

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Not yet. We made the transition with my daughter (who's now 4) on her second birthday. It worked well for us.

Megan - posted on 05/28/2009

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We switched our son earlier this month when his crib was recalled. I was worried about it too. But he took right to it! No problems at all. He got out a few times in the beginging and I quickly walked him back to bed, told him it was time to go to sleep and in less than two days he stopped.

User - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter same age as yours still sleeps with me in my bed, and she wont sleep for more than 3 hrs straiight at night. So consider yourself lucky.

Allison - posted on 05/26/2009

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We just recently moved our daughter into a toddler bed. (at 16 and a half months) we did this because we are expecting this july and figured it would give us two months to transition her, but she has always been a WONDERFUL sleeper. She would never cry or anything ever when we put her to bed so we gave it a shot. The first night took 45 min.'s and since then it hasn't been too bad. Though I have learned, nap time is not as easy. Though if your son is sleeping 12 hours solid, I don't know if I would disturb it quite yet. There have been plenty of times where I though, "i'm tired, this is hetic, lets just put her in the crib" but I know that would ruin all the progress, so my advise would be to wait a little bit until he starts trying to climb out of the crib.

Angela - posted on 05/25/2009

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Quoting Esther:

No, and I plan to keep him in his crib and confined for as long as I possibly can. We have a crib that converts to a toddler bed, so size-wise he's still very comfortable in there (and should be able to stay in there - at some point with the toddler rail - until he is about 3-4 years old). I am in no rush to give him the chance to roam around his room or the house in the middle of the night.



here here! I am coming from the same place. there is a level of securty knowing that my little guy is not able to wonder around by himself.  when he shows me that he can get out, I make the convertion to a toddler bed....

Heather - posted on 05/23/2009

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I'd been dealing with this same question lately and got some advice from my mom and sister-in-law. They both told me to keep him in his crib until he can climb out of it. Our crib also converts into a toddler bed and uses the same mattress so wouldn't a toddler bed be the same size? The older Anikin gets the more I think I like him confined in his crib since he is learning how to open doors and climb onto things.

Esther - posted on 05/23/2009

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No, and I plan to keep him in his crib and confined for as long as I possibly can. We have a crib that converts to a toddler bed, so size-wise he's still very comfortable in there (and should be able to stay in there - at some point with the toddler rail - until he is about 3-4 years old). I am in no rush to give him the chance to roam around his room or the house in the middle of the night.

Isabelle - posted on 05/23/2009

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If he's comfortable in the crib id leave him in it for a little longer. Could you take the sides off the crib? Then its a bit less change for him as its still the same bed, but for 'big boys'

I left our daughter in the crib till she was 20months, and only took her out then cos we had bubba number 2 here and needed the crib for him. She was happy to go into a big bed, Its different for every child. Our son is now 17months and still happy to be in the crib (he's not too big for it), but we have a convertable one, so when he's old enough we can take the sides off and its a toddler bed :) It may be a little bigger than a regular crib?

Crystal - posted on 05/22/2009

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Well I read that at 35inches long they should be out of a toddler bed/crib. And at my guy's daycare they sleep on cots in the toddler room. So at 15 months I turned his crib into a toddler bed. (15 months 3 weeks the moved up to the toddler room) The first night I piled a bunch of pillows around it. And I had to lay my head down on his pillow with him. The next night I laid in the floor with my arm in the bed with him.... and slowly I (or the husband) sat in the rocking chair while he laid in the bed. The first couple of nights he did fall out once or twice. But after a week he was good to go. And we left the door open to his room and put a baby gate up. We also set up the pack and play for the first week, b/c in the middle of the night if he feel out we didn't have the patience to spend an hour getting him back in... :D --- Still some nights he will run to the gate and cry but after 5 mins he has climbed in bed.

I think you just have to know when you will have the time and patience and when you think your child is ready for a change. (it helps if this is how he will be sleeping at nap time too).

User - posted on 05/21/2009

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We just bought our son a twin mattress. His crib conveerts to a twin bed. Hopefully we'll have it set up in a couple of weeks. He's seems excited about it. The little girl I watch just transitioned and he's sees her, so he knows what's going on. We aren't going to use a box spring so it'll be lower. I also have bed rails, so I don't think it'll be that different from a crib.

Congrat Jen! I hope you have a wonderful wedding day!!

Alyssa - posted on 05/21/2009

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We actually switched our daughter to a big girl bed about two months ago (when she turned 15 months) because she refused to sleep in her crib and wanted to be in bed with us every night, which was a nightmare because we weren't sleeping. This way when she wakes up and wants Mommy, I can just crawl into her bed, which serves two purposed...1) it keeps her in her own bed 2) I have room to lay down and get some Z's instead of having her shoved in between my husband and I kicking and shoving.

V - posted on 05/21/2009

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Getting a toddler bed for our son, about 2 months ago, was the only thing that has got him to sleep any length of time at night.

He drove us mad with the lack of sleep!

Our toddler bed doesn't have guard rails so I prop one cot side in between the bed and the wall, and the cot bumper is attached to that. He also had a few cot toys on his bed until I removed them yesterday, so it was very much like his crib, but he's no longer confined.

That may help your little ones transition if it still looks like his crib.

Cari - posted on 05/21/2009

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I say if he's sleeping good and has no problem being there, let him sleep there. My son is 17 months old and still in his crib too, nice and safe. We do have a toddler bed in storage ready for when he starts to climb out of his crib, which we expect to start happening any time now. Hope that helps!

Jen - posted on 05/21/2009

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I haven't switched yet, but what we have done is lowered the rail. We have a toddler bed, but just haven't had the time to put it together yet (getting married in a few days so wedding plans came before big girl plans lol). I did notice that my daughter has started looking big in her bed. I don't think we'll have a problem switching, but that's why we lowered the rail so that she could get used to not having a full side next to her. She never fallen or climbed out. Most parents wait until 2 or 3 to switch the toddler beds, but it all depends on what the child is comfortable with. If you wanted to test it out just put the bed in for a nap time (or find a friend with a toddler bed to test it out with) and slowly transition until he's ready full time.

Mickie - posted on 05/20/2009

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With our oldest (now 6yrs) we waited until he was about 2 1/2 to get him out of his crib. (He is a little small which I guess is why we were able to wait so long, his 17 month old brother is much bigger than he was at the same age.) We skipped the toddler bed all together; we took him with us to the store to pick out the mattress and headboard, so he was very excited about it. Once we got the bed put together he jumped right in and never gave the crib a second thought. (we did leave the crib in his room for a few days, just in case.) It was a very easy transition for us.

Shannon - posted on 05/20/2009

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I tried to get my little girl transitioned into a toddler bed, but she ended up in bed w/ me every night. So we ended up putting her back in the crib. I want to get her into her "big girl bed" but I too don't really know how to do it. :)

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