Bed or Crib?

Angie - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just wondering how many of you mommies have switched your little ones to a bed from a crib?? I've recently noticed that my daughter doesn't like sleeping in her crib anymore. She tosses and turns quite a bit and I think she may be kicking/hitting the rails, which in turn wakes her up - & she definitely doesn't like it! I'm wondering if maybe now it's a good time to switch her to a small bed with the soft side rails. Do you guys think it's too early? I worry about her falling off the bed (wouldn't be much of a fall as the bed would be almost to the ground). Would love to hear from both "crib & bed mommies"
Thanks! :)

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Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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i was wondering when i had to put my son to use full bed. Im new of this and im planning to practice to take off one of the rail on the side of the crib for him to use it. but im not that sure! He is only 14 months old n planning to start when he is 18 months old.

Lizette - posted on 02/05/2010

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We switched my son to a toddler bed when he was a little past 2 yrs old. He was ready for the switch. One thing that we did when he made the transition to the toddler bed that made us able to sleep at night was to put up a baby gate in his doorway. That way we could still hear him loud and clear when he woke up and he couldn't get into anything besides his toys in his room if he woke up before us. On the other hand, with my daughter we had to wait until she was about 3 yrs old before changing her to a toddler bed. We tried when she was about 2 1/2 because she was not liking the crib and kind of protesting going to bed at night, but that did not work. She freaked out the first night we put her in her "new bed" and there was not the full railing she was used to having (she has a 2 in 1 crib, so it turned into a toddler bed). We put it back up the next day where it stayed for about 6 more months and then she was really ready for it to convert to a toddler bed. So it really depends on the child and if you think they are ready for the change.

Crystal - posted on 02/01/2010

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I didn't switch my kids to a bed (toddler) until they were 2. I would keep baby in the crib as long as you can. If she's not getting the rest she needs... try putting the mattress on the floor and see how she sleeps... maybe she is ready for a big bed? the only reason I don't like my daughter (2 1/2) to be in a toddler bed even now after so long is because she gets up and comes to our bed now! So if your baby isn't trying to climb out of the crib... my opinion is to keep trying the crib... as long as she's still sleeping pretty well.

Morgan - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter went straight from a crib to a full size bed. its close to the wall and had a rail on the side until now. then we put pillows by the rail and she loved it!!! and a step stool to get on the bed

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