Bed or Crib??

Angie - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 16 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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Cierra - posted on 02/08/2010

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toddler beds aren't any longer than a crib...a crib matress is used for toddler beds...it just doesn't have teh sides like s crib does...we went to a toddler bed for my son who will be 3 in march, and it works perfect right now

Christine - posted on 02/07/2010

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My darling 15 month old has climed on everything but has not attempted to climb out of his crib. He moves all over the place when he sleeps. We tried removing the bumpers when I kept reading about how unsafe they were but found him screaming in the middle of the night one night because his foot was stuck in the rails soo he still has the bumpers at 15 months. Our crib is a 4 converter one so it won't get any bigger for his toddler bed. Are you thinking of going right to a "big boy/girl" bed or a toddler bed? I don't think the toddler beds are any bigger than the cribs are they?

Cierra - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter climbed over the top of her crib and fell out at 13 months old. We have debated on putting her ina big girl bed becasue she loves to lay on my 3 year olds bed during the day but we're afraid she won't sleep if we put her in a big girl bed. Thankfully, the one fall she took out of her crib has been her one and only...she's hasn't tried it again so we may keep her in her crib as long as possible. My son slept in a apck-n-play from day one until he got his big boy bed because the mesh sides and the high rails made it impossible for him to cralw out if he didn't have something on the other side to hold onto..He would still be in the pack-n-play if he didn't become too long to sleep in it comfortably....

Kisha - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have decided to get my son a toddler bed. He has a crib that converts to a toddler bed but it's just isn't big enough. He twists and turns too much. So I'm going to find a larger toddler bed. I'm not to worried about him falling out because they sit pretty low and im sure if he can climb in and out of my bed, he'll do just fine in his own.

Lauren - posted on 02/02/2010

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I think all toddlers are gonna toss and turn in their sleep... We all do it. And its not gonna change any of that if they are in a bed, if he's not waking up with bruises i dont think there is anything to worry about. I personally, do not plan on converting (we have a convertible crib) her crib to a toddler bed until she tries to climb out... She is very tall for her age (35 inches) and shes a big climber, on the couch, chairs, etc... She stills so young though, at 15 months, i dont expect this to happen for months. She hasn't even tried. That will change everything. And i think it's gonna be more harmful to have a 15 month old running around the house unsupervised while you are sleeping then a baby bumping around in their crib.

Kisha - posted on 02/02/2010

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My sons the same way, he tosses, turns, and kicks the rails when he's in his crib. I think I'm going to get him a littletikes bed, like a little car because it's more room, the sides are softer and it's lower to the floor

Roxanne - posted on 02/02/2010

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my 16 month old started climbing out of her crib at 14 months....i tried lowering the crib and raising the rails but she still managed to climb out....so she has been in a toddler bed for the past month and has made the transition very well.....i have kept the crib so far in case i needed to set it back up...but i see no need for that......we are in a small apartment and her bed is still in our room so i havent had to change much as far as baby proofing..but every baby is different and every situation is different...

Violet - posted on 02/01/2010

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well i am more afraid of the fall after she climbs out of the crib thats a big drop

and i have a 3 in one as well

Ashlee - posted on 02/01/2010

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wow yikes you guys! I am not planning on switching from a crib anytime too soon. He has a 4 in 1 bed so the size wont change just the set-up basically, it goes to a toddler bed then to a "big boy" bed. He has just started to climb on the couch so we haven't had too many scares yet so even if its more of a convenience thing for mommy to keep him contained I plan on keeping him in a crib as long as I can ( maybe a bit selfish but due with number 2 any day so......)
Good luck with whatever you choose

Violet - posted on 02/01/2010

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my daughter is starting to climb everything and i'm afraid shes gonna climb out of her crib so i am thinking about putting her into a toddler bed myself! shes 15 months and she already climbed her dresser

Katie - posted on 02/01/2010

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When my daughter was 11 months she learned how to lower the side of her crib and climb out (fortunately she never got all the way out, we found her first). We turned the crib into a toddler bed with a bolster for a step stool and she's been doing fine. It's about 18 inches from mattress top to ground and she hasn't fallen out yet.

Helen - posted on 02/01/2010

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We now have a wooden crib for our daughter and she absolutely loves it. Its pretty big so she has a nice amount of room to move around in her sleep and get into the position she likes. I do hear her at night through an arm and hit the side but it doesnt really effect her. Im not sure if at 15 months of age, she would be ready to be in a big girl bed. That is more an option at maybe 2 or 3 (maybe, just depends on the child). But i think i would have to agree with Nicole that if it is really neccessary to move to a big girl bed, taking a mattress and puttiing in the floor would be the best option. its a big change to go from crib to a bed. so maybe take the mattress and keep it in your room and slowly, when she is a little better with sleeping on mattress, move it into her own room and just incourage her to be a big girl sleeping on her own bed in her own room. It wont work if you dont encourage.

Jana - posted on 01/31/2010

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I put my like girl in here bed at 14 and 3 weeks we did a trantions stage at nap she would sleep in the bed and night in her crib now she sleep in her bed but get out it because it a new freedom she sleep in all night but get up early

Gretchen - posted on 01/31/2010

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My son jumped out of his crib at 22 months (when my October baby was 3 months old) and from that moment forward, we put him in a toddler bed (he is now in a full size bed.) Different strokes for different folks but speaking from experience: the hardest thing about him not being in his crib was that we had to childproof his entire room and then the entire upstairs to an extent that - if he woke up and was wandering around while we were asleep, he couldn't hurt himself. That isn't just outlet covers and not leaving scissors down. We had to remove his diaper basket (hand sanitizer and Desitin aren't good to eat), all medications (including neosporin) from upstairs, shampoo and body wash had to be locked up... you get the point. It was exhausting. Keep them contained as long as it is safe. I wouldn't recommend a bumper because she may use it to plan her escape. She could just be a rowdy sleeper. She wouldn't have much more room in a toddler bed since it uses a crib mattress. But if you're determined, then the mattress on the floor idea sounds the safest to me. My oldest is now almost 3, and most of his friends are still happily in cribs! He has always been really tall, and a climber to boot. My October baby is the same way - 90th percentile in height and we've already found her on the kitchen table once. It's only a matter of time until she jumps out of her crib. But if they do it once - they'll do it again.

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My daughter moves around in her crib, too. But it is pretty big as it converst to a bed for when she is older.



I'd say that falling out of a bed or rolling onto the floor would be much more disruptive for your daughter than bumping the side of the crib. Perhaps you could get some bumpers.



Best wishes!

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2010

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Perhaps you could start her with her big girl bed mattress on the floor. That way if she flops out it wouldn't be a long scary fall. I am going to move Phoebe out of our bed when she quits nursing during the night. She is good at getting up and down from out bed- we had to severely baby proof our room in case she tried to be a ninja and make the great escape while we sleep. So far not a problem since she doesn't want to leave her milk supply :D

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