How old where your kids when you switched them to a twin sized bed instead of a toddler bed?

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I've been sorta looking for a new bed for my 3 1/2 year old but am kinda stuck on if i should do a toddler or a twin sized bed.

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Heather - posted on 08/31/2010

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Our now 3 1/2 year old is in a full size bed since 18 months. Family can use it when they visit and larger area so she doesnt fall off and can jump and be a kid. They are not much more in cost!

Pamela - posted on 08/29/2010

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We got our son a twin size bed at 3 1/2 years old and we put the bed rails up incase he falls out, but his baby matress was so darn uncomfortable that I understood why he hated sleeping on his toddler bed

Amy - posted on 08/26/2010

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We put my son on a mattress on the floor at almost 2 when we needed the crib for my daughter because we were worried about the height of a bed (him being able to get in and out himself), then moved the mattress onto a bed frame when he was about 3 1/2, with the slip-on sides so he wouldn't fall out. The crib converts to a toddler bed, so my daughter started in that, but when she turned 3 we moved her to a twin bed and she has been fine. I personally would not have bought a separate toddler bed at all and only used that intermediate step with my daughter because it was an option with the crib and saved getting another twin bed for awhile.

Leah - posted on 08/24/2010

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We went straight from her crib into a twin bed at 2 1/2 when we found out we were expecting again. Of course we got the slip on sides you can attach just to be safe. To be honest, didn't see the worth in wasting money on a toddler bed for her to sleep in for a year and a half then having to buy a twin bed anyways lol.

Jael - posted on 08/21/2010

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It depends on what you want. We did a toddler bed at 2 which he still has, an we plan on keeping it til he out grows the bed or the theme he chose.

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Ashley - posted on 12/06/2011

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As soon as we took our daughter out of the crib she was in a twin bed, but just recently we have moved her into a toddler bed for the sole reason to give her more room in her bedroom (which is stupid small, if you ask me). When we move in the spring she will be back in a twin bed, as she is already at 26 months too tall for the toddler bed.

Claressa - posted on 12/01/2011

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Ja had a toddler bed at two and a twin bed at three. She was te one who asked for a "big girl bed".

Jenna - posted on 11/28/2011

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My older all used a toddler bed to transition to a big bed, but it was cheaper at the time (actually, free, someone gave one to us). When my daughter, who is almost four, was ready to leave the crib, the toddler bed was in shambles after three older brothers. We decided at the time to invest in some good solid bunkbeds that can transition into twin beds, so we decided with her to skip the toddler bed altogether and she did just fine. I really don't think it matters, but if you do use a twin bed, at first you'll probably want to put a railing on it so your child doesn't fall out. It definitely is more cost effective to skip the toddler bed. My daughter was almost 2-1/2 when we moved her from her crib to the bottom bunk of a bunkbed.

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2011

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Why would you have to buy a new, full sized bed when your kid is 8?? I slept in a twin bed until I was married! Almost all college dorms use twin sized beds. I prefer toddler beds for my three because it gives them more floor space to play, but I do agree that it is a money saver to go straight to a twin bed since a toddler bed simply isn't big enough to last through a child's growth. My oldest is 4, 43 inches tall, and still fits comfortably in his toddler bed.

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2011

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With my now 4yo at 2 I placed her in a toddler bed and then at 3 in a Twin bed. With my now 3yo, she was moved from the crib to the toddler bed BEFORE she turned 2 due to her climbing out and falling, better her to be lower and NOT be hurt. Then at 2 1/2 she was moved to a twin bed. Crib mattresses just are not comfortable and since we bought the girls new bunk beds it was better to move her to her big girl bed.

Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2011

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I personally always thought a toddler bed was a total waste of money in most cases because you will still need to get a regular bed later. I went straight from a crib to a twin bed (which is the size some people call single: 39 x 74). At 3.5 years old, falling out of bed shouldn`t be much of a concern. Most kids don't fall out of bed very much, and regular bed height is not dangerous even if your preschooler does fall out. I'm suprised your child lasted in a crib that long. Mine were climbing out of the crib way before that age. They say when your child starts climbing out of the crib by themselves you should stop putting them in it for safety reasons, so I think I switched around age 2.

W'Loeska - posted on 09/28/2010

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Well son neva slept in a baby cot.Started straight away on n normal sized single bed.Neva had a prob

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010

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I honestly think twin beds are useless. My 3 1/2 year old is in a toddler bed now, but we're shopping for a full size. This way you won't have to buy a new bed in 5 years.

Danielle - posted on 09/01/2010

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I gave my children a toddler bed aat about 2 1/2, had little stools, and the railso n the side. They just didnt like to sleep in the toddler bed, and they sleep one hundred times more soundly in the twin beds. I have a Feb2006 and a Feb 2007 baby. so they even have bunk beds, and My son loves his top bunk... Of course they are Junior Loft beds!

Rebekah - posted on 08/29/2010

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We recently switched my 3.5 year old (Feb 2007 baby) to a twin bed so that his sister (15 months old) could use his toddler bed. Could you not do the same? I'd purchase a twin bed for your oldest and then let your youngest use the toddler bed.

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2010

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I would say Buy a twin bed, My oldest was in one just before his 3 birthday, My daugter was 2 when we put her in a toddler bed, than a year later put her in a twin bed, with my youngest i think at a year and a half or maybe 2 years old, He could get out of his crib, that why he was put in a twin bed, good luck

Cheryl - posted on 08/23/2010

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HI I don't know what a twin bed is, I'm guessing a standard 3ft single? My boys are 28 months and 3 1/2 they are both happy in their matching toddler beds, and I plan on keeping them in them until they either out grow them or they can have bunk beds.

Amanda - posted on 08/22/2010

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Jael it's my daughter that we are thinking of getting the twin for... my son is in a toddler bed that used to be my daughters and she's on a mattress on the floor right now :(.

Jael - posted on 08/22/2010

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3 1/2. He a big three and probaly could fit til 5. He still into the Cars so he still loves his bed. But if your son doenst have a big preference and sleep on his own already just get him a twin. We got my son his cuz he picked it and we were having trouble getting him to sleep in his own room, so this helped us.

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2010

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how old is he now? My daughter is 3 1/2 and my son is two and i just wonder if it's worth it getting a toddler bed or should we just get her a twin size bed... When her brother was big enough for the toddler bed we put him in it and her on a mattress on the floor.

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