big kid beds
Elyssa - posted on 05/19/2010
I put my son in a "bed" when he was about 18 months old. I started him out on just a mattress on the floor though, and now that he is two he is able to sleep in a bed without falling off. (I do have the bedrails on though) I now use the crib for his sister!
Erin - posted on 05/14/2010
Fortunately, my son never really tried to climb out of his crib, but when it became apparent that he was big enough to try, and when his rattling of the drop side was causing a screw to come loose, we decided to move him to a toddler bed. He was close to 2 and a half, I think. He moves around quite a bit in his sleep, but has never fallen out of the bed. At my mom's house he has slept in a regular twin sized bed with no guard rails (at age of 3), and didn't fall out of that one either.
Dana - posted on 05/13/2010
All kids are different. My two older kids were somewhere between 18 mos and 2 years. You can buy side rails that anchor between the mattress and box springs to give her a bit of protection. This may sound terrible but they will only roll out of bed a couple of times before their subconscious mind keeps them within the boundaries in their sleep. I use to put a folded up quilt or some kind of padding on the floor next to the sides of the bed just in case, so they didn't get hurt. If you use a toddler bed, they are fairly close to the ground so she would not have far to go if she rolled off.
Like I said in the beginning, all children are different. Your daughter may not be quite ready for a big girl bed yet. There is nothing wrong with leaving them in the crib a little longer than you think is normal just for safety sake. I hope this helps.
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