Do I try a toddler bed for my 15 month old?

Meghan - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old Marlana, takes two naps a day with no problem. I put her in her crib walk out of the room and shut the door. This is also how she goes to bed at night, with no night light. This past week she has caught her foot in between the slats of her crib, twice.I don't believe she tries to do it, I think she does it while she's sleeping. I'm terrified to put her into a toddler bed.Her big sister didn't go to a big girl bed till she was 2. What should I do?

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Karen - posted on 02/03/2009

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Don't waste your time on buying a toddler bed. Then in a couple of years you'll go out and buy a single bed. Go ahead a buy a regular size bed. I have 16 month old twin boys and they are sleeping in a regular single mattress on the floor and later I'll move the box spring and legs.

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Angie - posted on 02/03/2009

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I had a toddler bed for my son when he was 15-16 months old i had a rail on the side of it so he always slept in it when he was that age,all you can do is try it.



 



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Bonnie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My children were all in a toddler bed very early. My oldest was 12 months, my middle was 10 months, and my youngest was around 12 months also. This was not because I was in a hurry though. With my oldest we were given a toddler bed by relatives and had no where to store it. It was set up in his room temporarily and he, on his own accord, crawled into it for a nap and refused the crib after that. He did extremely well with it. My middle child refused the crip from the get go and slept in a pack-n-play until at 10 months he started climbing out, so into a toddler bed he went. He also did extremely well. My daughter, well, her crib broke and it didn't make much sense to spend the money on a new crib when 1. we weren't having more children and 2. she would be moving to a toddler bed eventually. She has done really well also.



We did/do have the issue of getting out of the toddler bed, but there room is very child proofed and safe so it wasn't an issue. To keep them from coming out of their room and getting into something somewhere else in the house we just used a baby gate. It was initially set up so that if they got out of their room they could only get to our bedroom, then eventually (to teach them they need to stay in their room at night) it was at their door. When they would wake, I would hear them, but I would just listen from room until they eventually crawl back into the bed (or floor) and went back to sleep.



That's just my experience. Not every child will handle a toddler bed, but I don't think 2 is too early. Good luck!

Meghan - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Robin:



I didn't put my son into a bigger bed until he was about 21 months. For him we used a twin bed on the floor with no frame, pushed against the wall and one of those bed guard things on the side. I think it's easier if there is still a semi illusion of the way the crib was.






My daughter is 18 months and I don't know when I'll do it with her. She's much busier than my son was. She goes to bed in her crib on her own now and I am terrified of what I'll have to do to get her to stay in bed if she is able to get out on her own!





Thanks :)I might have to try this one soon. She is getting her leg stuck way too much in my opinion. It is very difficult  to get her leg out each time as well. Thank you soo much for your suggestions.

Liana - posted on 02/03/2009

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My oldest didn't move to a toddler bed till he was 3 and it was much easier because he would stay put. 



My youngest was climbing out the cot and getting arms and legs stuck nearly every night desspite the cot bumpers and everything else we tried so he was only 16 months when we put him in a toddler bed. It's was more of a pain with him because once he realised with very little effort he could be free we were up and down all the time but I think thats down to his personality.



It sounds like your daughter would be okay in a bed but I would suggest putting a safety gate in her doorway and for the first few nights put plenty of blankets on the flor next to the bed in case she falls out. Also if you still have baby monitors use them that way you cann hear what she is up to.



 

Sarah - posted on 02/02/2009

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Try taking a rectangle piece of cloth/blanket/towel, putting ties on the 4 corners fold over side of crib and tie at bottom thus your child should not be able to get any limes in-between slats, you could also just tuck one end under the mattress and tie the other or safety pin it to the rail.



Robin - posted on 02/02/2009

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I didn't put my son into a bigger bed until he was about 21 months. For him we used a twin bed on the floor with no frame, pushed against the wall and one of those bed guard things on the side. I think it's easier if there is still a semi illusion of the way the crib was.



My daughter is 18 months and I don't know when I'll do it with her. She's much busier than my son was. She goes to bed in her crib on her own now and I am terrified of what I'll have to do to get her to stay in bed if she is able to get out on her own!

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My son (almost 2) goes to sleep the same way and not too long ago did the same thing with his leg -- however, my opinion is the crib is the safest and best place for my son for now until he starts trying to crawl over the sides. I can think of so many other dangers he could get into if he was to climb out of a toddler bed and I not know it.  Obviously do what works for you, but unless the foot thing keeps happening, I'd put the moving into a toddler bed off as long as possible!

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