At what age should your baby stop sleeping in a crib?

Summer - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 19 months old. I was thinking of maybe trying at age 2. She doesn't try to climb out yet. Should I wait till she tries to climb out first or what?

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Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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Oh was also going to say. My friend had her little girl in a toddler bed at 12 months old (as she had another baby at this point so needed the cot). Her little girl used to pull all the covers off her bed and sleep on the floor next to the bed lol - cute or what?

Briana - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think it is different for every child..I waited till my son started climbing out of his crib, took him 20 months to figure out that one.! So now my son has a big boy bed at the age of 20 months, but i dont think it really matters what age you put them in a bed bed.. Good luck with everything.!

Kate - posted on 01/22/2010

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Our pediatrician said to move our son into a toddler bed prior to potty training b/c they need to be able to get out to go potty AND doing two big transitions at once (potty training and toddler bed) can be overwelming for the child and neither will be successful.

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Alexandra - posted on 01/27/2010

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My little guy is 19 months as well as all of us now lol but he started climbing over his this past week. So we are taking down one side of the crib to try it out and tonight he fell a sleep just fine but after a few weeks of it I think we are going to get him his toddler bed.

Shannan - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter has done that a couple times it is cute seeing her laying on the floor completely oblivious that she is laying on the floor rather then her soft bed

Shannan - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter is 1 yr and 8 mo we switched her to a toddler bed a month ago and it took her a couple weeks but I think she likes it because she comes and wakes me up in the morning instead of having to cry until I got out of bed to get her out.

Bonnie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Julia had been opposed to her crib from about 7 months old on. She would scream every time we put her in it, and continue screaming for hours sometimes. She's very big for her age, and we finally decided that she was too closed in while in the crib. We recently started putting her in a full sized bed that's close to the ground. She still has sleeping problems, but she doesn't scream bloody murder at bed time anymore, so I'd call it a success.

I think the child definitely lets you know when he or she is getting ready. Watch for cues like difficulty sleeping, attempted escape, or cramped crib space. If your child still fits well and sleeps happily in the crib, I wouldn't suggest making the move just yet.

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is 19 months too and he is still in his cot. I was going to try putting him in a toddler bed at 2 years old when he can understand what's happening a little better. He is a great sleeper 7pm thru til 7am.
With my eldest I put him in a bed at about 2.5 years old, as he was starting to pile all his teddies and covers up and getting out by himself! I kept him in that long as he was a terrible sleeper and still is and would get up everynight, so for his own safety I'd keep him in the cot.

So I suppose you'll know best, just when your little one is ready. Good Luck and remember to buy a bedside bar so they can't roll out!

Deanna - posted on 01/27/2010

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we are in the middle of transitioning our daughter to a bed, but only because it's necessary. I am 6 months preg with our second and my husband has a recent back injury so neither of us should be lifting her too much. she hasn't tried to climb out of the crib yet, but I think it's because she fell out once when I left the side down. I say go with your gut. if you feel you need a bed upgrade then do it, but it wouldn't be wrong to keep her in a crib until you feel comfortable.

Sheena - posted on 01/27/2010

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well i think its depends on what u feel comfortable with. my daughter is 19 months shes been in a bed since she was 16 months old but that me good luck

Brandy - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter is 19 months and still sleeping in her crib. She seems very content and doesn't act like she wants out any time soon. I say let them tell you when their ready. Although I do agree with Kate's Pediatrician get them in a toddler bed before potty trained, it only makes sense, but we will be playing it by ear. Good Luck with what you decide to do.

Erica - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter is 19 months, and she is still in her crib. We tried to put her in a big girl bed for a few nights, and she just stayed up and kept getting out of it, and wasn't happy about it, at all! So, now we are in no rush to put her in a big girl bed again until she starts trying to climb out of her crib. I'm not too worried about it. I'm sure by the time she's 2, she will be in a big girl bed- when she understands more. Right now we are in the 'potty training' process, so, I'm sure doing both things at once is not good for her anyway.. good luck!!

Heather - posted on 01/26/2010

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I put my son in a "big boy" bed around 14-15 months. He loves it and is pretty good about staying in bed most of the time.

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2010

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I would say when she is almost up and over its time but if she doesnt try that like my daughter(18mnths is) then wait till 2 thats im going to try to do too!

Chelsea - posted on 01/26/2010

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My first daughter actually stayed in the crib until past 2 years old. I tried with her at about 18 months, but she cried for her crib and so I put her back in. My second daughter, now 19 months, is still in the crib. She is so active, I actually feel that she is safer in the crib. She is an early riser and will often play in her crib until my older one wakes up. I am a bit nervous about her being in a "big" bed and able to be mobile--what if I didn't hear her?? But like most moms stated.... Do what is comfortable for you, as the mother and take cues from your child!! Don't feel like "oh my gosh, I should..." There are no set rules!!

Good Luck!

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i am in the same situation.. my daughter is 19 months old and we are expecting another baby just after she turns two so it is a matter of her having to go into a big bed.. she doesnt even try to climb out of her cot so i am hoping that it is an easy transition when we change her... fingers crossed

Linda - posted on 01/25/2010

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We changed our daughter's bed into the toddler bed when she was 16 months. It's been great and she loves it. I think whenever you feel comfortable with it is the right time.

Marcie - posted on 01/24/2010

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My daughter (19mo) has been in her toddler bed since oct. I've learned from experience the earlier you do it the less time it takes to get them used to it. Bed time was always a breeze but nap time took a little while to get her not to play. She learned and now she's all ready for a twin bed on a frame.

Britney - posted on 01/24/2010

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i did. my daughter turned 19 moths today and last night was her first night in a toddler bed because she kept crawling out of her bed at nap time yesterday so we put hers up in the room. but we were not going to put her in a big girl bed till she was able to crawl out for more peace of mind on our part

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2010

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whenever you are comfortable and she is ready is when you should switch...My daughter wasn in a toddler bed at about 16 months....because she got her foot stuck in the side of the cot at night so i decided it was time for a change,lol..it surprised me how easy it was...there was hardly any getting out of bed whenever she wanted...it took about 3 days for her to know that when she went to bed she had to stay there! although the day time was a bit harder, but not much...

good luck with it.

Lucy - posted on 01/23/2010

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i put my son in a toddler bed at 18 mths and he loved it, some nite i wished i hadn't done it so soon but they just need to be put back in time after time till they realise theyv'e got to stay in good lucj

Terri - posted on 01/23/2010

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i have a 19 month old. She has been in a toddler bed since 13months. I have never had a problem keeping her in bed. in fact she sleeps better in a bed then she ever did in a crip. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the transition was.

Renee - posted on 01/23/2010

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my daughter rachael is 19 months too has been sleeping in her own room in a little toddlers bed for two weeks. She loves it at about 6pm i change her into her pjs she goes to the kitchen bench and points to a bottle. I make it for her give her a kiss and a cuddle. She runs to her bed climbs on my husband follows hands her the bottle lays down on the floor next to her bed and when she finishes her bottle she hands it to him and he hands her her dummy. She turns over and goes to sleep and my husband waits 15 mins and sneeks out of the room

Machaela - posted on 01/23/2010

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Personally i would wait until your child is ready. My son has been sleeping in a toddler bed for about 2 months now and it is great. I started to notice him getting really stressed when it came time to go to bed in his crib and he stopped sleeping throught the might. Let your child decided they will let you know when they are ready..

Kylie - posted on 01/22/2010

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I found it easy to transfer both my kids to beds round the 18 month age, with a safety rail on the bed neither blinked an eye at the change, but its a personal choice, I think just do it when you want to! it's only an issue if you make it one! hope all goes well for you!!

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my 19 month old has never slept in his crib (thanks to the husband! lol) but my other son is in there (he is just little) and i plan on leaving him sleep in the crib until he decides he is going to climb out of it. that is what other people i know do as well :) hope that helps!

Ashleigh - posted on 01/22/2010

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I moved my son into a childs airbed the other day, hes 19 months n he loves it. he only had a cot not a cotbed so we thought we would give it a try n hes not rolled out of it yet! He didnt try n climb out the cot, but we felt he was ready to take the next step, so in the mornings he gets up and has a little play n comes in to see us, its lovely

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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my girl is 19 months now about a month ago she was getting upset at bed times in her cot so used the next stage of our cot and took the side panel off now no problem

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We have tried putting our 19 month old into a "real" bed, but she kept climbing out and sleeping on the floor. To us that says that she's just not ready. I believe in taking cues from your child. She has never climbed out of her crib and we have the room to keep the crib up and we've always had a twin size bed in her room. I think you just need to do what feels comfortable for you and for your child.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2010

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I think whenever the kid is ready. Personally, both my girls were in 'real' beds around age 1. They LOVED the freedom!

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2010

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I just moved my son into a toddler bed at 18 months. hes 19 months now and doing great. but they say you can start as soon as 15 months. but that was a little soon for me.

Bridget - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter was 15 months when I put her in a bed, I did it then because she wouldn't sleep in her cot. My son is 19 months and I don't plan on moving him to a bed any time soon. I guess you just need to read your child's behaviour and you will know when they are ready to make the move to a big bed

Carly - posted on 01/20/2010

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I say as long as they still fit into it and they aren't trying to climb over the side. I have no plans to change my son's cot into a toddler bed any time soon.

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