Toddler beds?

Tambra - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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At what age do you usually make the transition from crib to toddler bed? My daughter can climb in the crib already. I know that she will be climbing out of it soon.

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Cecilia - posted on 12/27/2012

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my daughter went to a toddler bed at 13 months. The reason i did it before 2 was because she never slept in her crib. ( go ahead people tell me i'm bad for letting her in my bed) I really thought it would be this huge issue of her getting out of bed and coming to ours. We put her bed right against ours and the other side of hers against the wall. After a month i just put a comfy thick blanket next the the bed for soft landings. She never came back to my bed. She never fell out as far as i know.

She loves her bed because she could have things she couldn't before. sheets and blankets that she liked (hello kitty) stuffed animals and toys. Plus she is a twister in her sleep and having her own bed gives her room she lacked before lol.

Ashley - posted on 04/08/2010

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I put my daughter into her toddler bed when she was 14 months......I have two older children though so she saw that they had big kid beds and she always wanted to be in theirs....she did really well moving into hers.

Courtney - posted on 04/08/2010

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hey guys , i just put my lil boy into his big bed 2 weeks ago , he loves it :D

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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My favorite invention yet...the CRIB TENT! It's awesome! My daughter will be 2 May 20th and I know would not stay in a toddler bed. I found her a crib tent that prevents her from climbing out of her bed and I love it! We have hardwood floors so my worst fear was her trying to climb out and busting her head open on the floor, now I can sleep soundly and know she's safe in her crib. They can be hard to find, I've seen them mostly online @ target, walmart, babiesrus and ebay, but they are well worth the piece of mind! I definatley recommend one!

Lindsay - posted on 03/31/2010

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We're currently undertaking the task of getting both our children (Avery is 22 months and Liam is almost 7 months old) to sleep in the same room. Avery has a crib tent (a precaution we took on her first birthday after a friend's 1 year old died in a tragic accident where he climbed out of his crib and was wedged in between the crib and wall). I think once Liam is sleeping better through the night we might let Avery upgrade. As for now, she's safe in her crib and it's best for the situation.

Rachelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter is 22 months at 18 months she actually started to do the same thing (crawl into bed, but not yet out). I decided to buy her a toddler bed and it worked out great. The first couple of nights was difficult to put her to sleep and get her to stay in the bed, but persistence is the key. Also make sure even if it has the safety sides that something soft is on the floor in case the baby does fall out (happens every now and then.) But ever since 18 months she has been sleeping in her own toddler bed. The only issue is sometimes she doesn't want to stay down on the bed for nap or bedtime and you have to be consistent and put her right back to bed.

Vanessa - posted on 03/31/2010

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My doctor told me the moment my children showed climbing interest to convert there beds. For my first that came at 18 months, however he needed a roll bar because he fell out without. We also installed a walk thru gate on his door because he would get up at night occasionally and go into the kitchen to pull things out of cupboards....

My daughter hated the bars, she never was fully crib trained. At around 16 months she was climbing in and out of my son's toddler bed and pretending to sleep in it... So we converted. I had to stay in the room until she fell asleep at first, but it ended up being our saving grace. She is not as sneaky as my son either... no gate neccesary. She wakes up about 6 every morning to come cuddle me in bed for an hour before we all get up and start the day.

I think you just know when the timing is right, it depends on the child, but for safety climbers should be converted right away. My sister's 2nd child fell out on his head and had to go to emergency the first time he climbed out of his...

Bonnie - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son never climbed out of his crib BUT I am expecting and did not want to buy another crib so I transitioned him at 18 months and he has done great! It was no big deal for us. Take the leap...you'll be fine. Good Luck!!

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My daughter was 16 mths and did very well in the toddler bed. My son was 17 mths and went to a single mattress on the floor for a while before getting his bed. He fell out once and only because his leg was stuck in the blanket.

Nycole - posted on 03/30/2010

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My daughter has been in a toddler bed since she was 10 months old because she is a climber and had already climbed up and had her leg over the rail. I didn't wan't to take the chance of her falling out and getting hurt

Sheila - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hey there we put both our sons in single beds at 18mth and 16mths I found they slept better once we switched them it is better to switch them before they crawl out of there crib. And you might find its more scary for you then them because your babies are growing up, thats what I thought anyway.

Jodie - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi my little man will be two 28th May, and he has been in a bed since the age of one. I have got six kids and they all went from cot to bed at that age. I think that it is up to the parent at what age they move their children into a bed. Hope this is of some help.

Krystal - posted on 03/29/2010

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normally when ur baby can get in and out of there crib its time to change to a bed but from 1 yr old u can do what u feel is best some kids go into a bed good then start playing up u just gotta be strong and keep it going

Tamara - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son is 22 months old and has been in a toddler bed for a couple of weeks. He was able to crawl in and out of his crib so I knew he was ready. He is doing pretty well with it, although I do sometimes find him sleeoing on the floor when I check on him before I go to bed but I just put him back in and he is good to go. He sleeps from 8 at night to 8 in the morning with no interruptions at night, no big problems with the transition from crib to bed.

Tarra - posted on 03/28/2010

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both of my older kids went straight into a standard single bed just before 12mths, as they were climbing out of the cot. my daughter issy is now 21mths and loves her bed but i do have a folding saftey rail that sits under the mattress that stops her falling out of a night and it is wonderful. I dont think toddler beds are much good because then you just have to invest in a normal single anyway, instead i brought a really good bed from start and linen.

Pricila - posted on 03/27/2010

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If you daughter is already climbing in, its a matter of time before she is climbing out and you might not be there when she climbs out. Its time to move her into a toddler. Make sure when you do, that every time she gets out of bed you put her right back in and do not cave into letting her get in your bed. Good luck!

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2010

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well my son switched to a toddler bed at 14 months.he climbed and jumped out of his crib twice on the lowest level.so we switched his 4 in 1 crib to the toddler bed which has the short bar on the side, and he hasn't fallen out once!but my oldest boy is 3 so my youngest wanted to be a big boy like his brother so it was easier to transition for him!

Tiffanni - posted on 03/10/2010

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We made the switch at 19 months old, back in January (a month after her baby sister was born). To test out the waters we put her crib mattress on the floor to see if she would sleep on it and she did wonderfully! We bought her the toddler bed soon after, had her help put it together, and told her it was because she was a big girl and for being a good big sister. She gets up and plays in the middle of the night sometime but all I have to do is go up, give her some water, and put her back in bed. If your child doesn't like to play by themselves like mine did, then this will also probably help. After waking up in the morning, or after her nap, she'll play in her room for a good 30 min before calling for me! That being said... make sure the room is extra baby proof!!! lol

Tanya - posted on 03/09/2010

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We haven't made the switch from the crib yet since my son shows no inclination towards trying to climb out. I know other people with kids the same age who have had their little ones in toddler beds for quite a while, though, because they've already climbed out of their cribs. As soon as that happened, they went straight to the toddler bed the very next day.

That said, we'll probably go from crib to twin bed by mid-May when my son turns 2. My parents have a bed for him, and my sister has a safety rail, so we just need to get them to our house.

Heather - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter will be 2 may 22nd and we put her into a toddler bed with a safety rail on the side of it about a few months ago. She would climb in and out of her crib and so the transition was made! She went right into it and has slept soundly ever since! I chose to do the toddler bed because after all my research, if she so happened to fall out it would be safer than say a twin bed with a rail..toddler beds are lower to the ground. Hope this helps out! =-)

Jessica - posted on 03/07/2010

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my son has been in a low full sized bed since he was aout 15 months old, we tried to convert his crib to a toddler bed but he didn't like it so we just moved him to a big bed. I put the couch coushions off the couch and put them on the floor next to his bed incase he rolled out. He never did fall out i put him agains the wall and use a low loft body pillow at the edge of the bed he would roll and bump the pillow and roll back over. You can also, get a under the mattress bed rail ( i didn't b/c my son is a climber and i was afraid he would try to climb over it and get hurt worse than if he fell out.). Hope this helps.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/07/2010

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Your so lucky over there if they are only $50. We can buy cheap plastic things that look tacky for AU$150 or wooden ones for AU$250+ I can buy a beautiful white wooden single bed for $180 :S My little girl is currently in an ensemble but only till we are ready to switch her into the higher bed... Then her sister (who is 1 yr and 2 days younger) can use the ensemble as she is already starting to walk and can already climb...

Jennifer - posted on 03/06/2010

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You know people told me that my son was too young at 18 months, he wasn't climbing out of the crib and he was so content. . .however I was 5months prego and I wanted to see how he would do :) He did super and now sleeps in his bed during naps and bedtime, he thinks he is such a big boy :) he has never gotten out (although he fell out once) and he is now 22 months! I would give ths advice to you. . .try it if you want, put her in a toddler bed if you want. only you know whats best for yours!! hope this helps :)

Stacy - posted on 03/06/2010

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We just moved our daughter over to a twin bed last month. Her brother was ready to move to the crib so it was time for her to move up. She has done a great job adjusting and she seems to sleep better at night.

Brionna - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter will be two on the 15 of May and I want to get her a toddler bed for her birthday. I think it will be a great time to switch. I do think that it depends on the child though. She doesn't climb out of her crib and she very easily could. She just sits in there and yells for me or her dad till we get up and get her. Every child is different and really your the only one that knows when your child is ready. :)

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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This link from babycenter.com might be useful.
http://www.babycenter.com/404_how-and-wh...
They basically say anywhere from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 depending on the kid. Some are ready early and some have a hard time giving their crib up. They also say something about kids needing to understand the invisible boundary around a bed being similar to the visible boundary of the crib.

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

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We converted our son at 15 months because he could climb out. We found it was safer for him because we were worried he'd fall. If she can climb out I'd say it's time to switch! We'll be switching him to a regular full size bed when he's about 2.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter has been in a low single bed now for about 4 months and she is 22 months old... I didnt bother with a toddler bed as she is only going to grow out of it in a year or so and a single bed was actually cheaper than a toddler bed :S Babies stuff is big business and they charge extra because they know people will pay it so that their child has "the best" of everything... Up to you if you can afford to buy a toddler bed and a single soon... I guess it is personal preference...

Stephanie - posted on 02/28/2010

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We are going to hold out until this spring, or until she begins climbing in or out of the crib! Our friend's son started climbing out of his crib about 1 year and was fine transitioning to a toddler bed at that age. It depends on the kid, I think.

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