A queen bed for a 2-year-old?

Krystal - posted on 08/14/2012 ( 68 moms have responded )

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My husband and I want to switch our two-year-old daughter over to a 'big girl bed' soon and we both don't see the point of a toddler bed and find it a waste of money (we've been transitioning her the last few weeks by removing the front side of the crib so it's like a daybed). I think we should get her a nice twin or double bedroom set including a dresser and nightstand. We would start with using rails until she's a little older. My husband on the other hand, would rather give her a queen-sized bed we have in our guest room right now. Besides wanting to keep it available for over-night guests, I just find the idea of a tiny little two-year-old in a queen sized bed just seems wrong. Besides, we have to get a new dresser and nightstand anyway. I understand my husband wanting to save the money though. Am I the one being weird here? Thoughts?

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Amy - posted on 08/16/2012

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We decided to get a King size for us right before our daughter was ready to give her toddler bed to her little brother. We already had a full in the spare room before it became the nursery. So at that point we had a Queen and a Full. We dicided to sell the nicer Queen and give our daughter the Full. The main reason was because the cost and availability of kids Queen sized bedding. Also I just thought is was too much bed for a 4 year old. The little brother is now in a twin and is doing fine. I just think kids should have kid sized beds.

Stephanie - posted on 08/27/2012

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All three of my girls moved from a crib to a queen sized bed when they were two. Double bed isn't much smaller than a queen. If you already have the queen bed, you should use it. It will be a lot cheaper just buying a dresser and a nightstand. I haven't had problems finding bedding, you can buy full sized bedding and it works on a queen. My girls had Dora and Disney themed bedding. I bought each of them a comforter that said on the package full/queen at Kmart.

Rachael - posted on 08/27/2012

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When my son was about a year and a half we switched his crib into a toddler bed. Well he always fell out. But we noticed than when we would lay him in our bed for a nap, he never fell out. He needed the extra space. We got him a queen bed in his room and he loved it and never fell out again. I don't see any problem with it. Just make sure that it is not too high, just incase. Haha your not being weird ifher room is big enough that the queen fits and she still has room to play go for it and just get some dressers. Hope this helps you decide.

Poem - posted on 08/24/2012

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Wouldn't she have more of a chance falling off a smaller bed. Just sayin'...

Colleen - posted on 08/22/2012

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My daughter went from the Crib to a Queen sized bed. When my husband and I married I had a beautiful Queen sized bedroom set, and since he had a king sized bed, we used his. We put her into that and she has never had a problem. People are surprised when they walk in her room, but we were not going to get rid of such a beautiful set, for her to only be needing one again when she is a teen. It's great because she can have sleep overs and has plenty of room.

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Shirley - posted on 08/29/2012

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my daughter had a twin bed since she was 2 i find it plenty of room for her to sleep in still has lots of room in her room for other things

Kena - posted on 08/28/2012

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I got my daughter a twin bed and she loves it. I think a twin bed will last a good ten years for her and keep the queen for the guest room.

Kirsten - posted on 08/27/2012

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I am with you, I think a queen bed for a 2 year old is extravagant. Kids that young don't need such big pieces of furniture. How would that even fit in a child's room? And would you get a large dresser and night table as well to complete the set? I slept in a twin bed until I was 18 then had a full sized bed. Then again, that was also when I moved out of my mother's house and I got it for myself...I feel that until a child is much older, twins are fine. My husband and I bought a convertible crib-to-toddler bed for our daughter so it would last many years.

Sherry - posted on 08/27/2012

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Our son has been in a queen bed since moving from his a toddler bed (which he hated and wanted the queen)

He loves it and there is lots of room for mom and dad to snuggle with him in his bed!!

He is now 5 and still loving his bed!

Keri - posted on 08/26/2012

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When we were evaluating furniture for our son's nursery, we decided on a "lifetime crib" which converts from a "regular" crib, to a daybed to a FULL size bed. We recently moved and decided the move is a perfect time to get him into the Full size bed. He's been "transitioning" by sleeping on the futon (which we moved in to his room after taking down the "daybed") which is also a Full size bed when in that mode. When we pulled out the instructions to set up the bed (we haven't bought mattress/foundation yet) I noticed it can be either a Full OR a Twin! Given the prices of mattresses, I'm considering the twin size now. He's 5 and doesn't really need anything bigger.



You should tell your hubby to keep the queen bed in the guest room. I slept on a twin bed until I was 18!

Amanda - posted on 08/26/2012

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She should have her own bed no matter what size it is and not have to share with guests when you have them. No matter what size bed you end up giving her to sleep in I would say take the box spring out until she is older then the bed will be closer to the floor and you dont have to get rails for the bed. a queen seems very big for a 2 year old a twin would be just fine until she is a teen any way.

Maria - posted on 08/26/2012

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All three of my girls have been in big beds since 2 !! It's a great idea and you can use for guests !! Especially since we moved to Florida give us xtra room ! It will make her feel like a princess !

Carrie - posted on 08/26/2012

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The crib we bought turns into a twin. The crib was just over 100 or so... and is beautiful; leaving extra money for the night stand and dresser (you can also find nightstand and dresser on Craigslist). Did you check to see if your crib transforms from daybed to twin? I wish you lots of luck. As far as going out and getting the bed and dresser and night stand Ashley's isn't so bad :) I am thinking Queen might make your child more lonely BC of all the extra space, but then again might love it. A twin is typical for a 2 year old. Check out the Room in a box at toys r us if you get a chance.

Christy - posted on 08/23/2012

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You can typically find the bedding online, but it is hard to find anything larger than a twin size for children in the store.

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My daughter is four, and has a full size bed. It is perfect for her. It is bigger than a twin so she has more room, but it is not too big because its smaller than a queen or king. There is enough room for one of us to sleep with her if she gets scared cause of a storm. We can also sit on her bed and read a book to her. She's had the full size bed since she was two. I personally think a full size bed is the perfect in between!

Toni - posted on 08/22/2012

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When my son turned 2 we bought a cheap single bed for him to see how he went.

He loved it, and we have since upgraded his bed to a brand new king-single. Its a little bigger than a normal single bed.

We decided to get him a king single because we figured he would be happy with that for quite a long time. We are expecting him to want a bigger one when he is a teenager, 14 or 15 years old.

Honestly, it is up to you what bed you get your daughter, but in my opinion a queen sized bed is too big for a 2 year old.

Teresa - posted on 08/22/2012

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At this point in my life, I would go cheape too. However, if I had the money and if I was going to have another child..... I would buy an entirely new set and I would buy a twin or full.. Maybe even something like I just saw... Loft bed with the dresser and a desk that fits under it..
However, if ou worried about sleep overs and guest.. I would get her a bunk bed where the bottom is a full size bed and the top is a twin..
Or get her a day bed with a trundle underneath it..

Linda - posted on 08/21/2012

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hi i agree with you when my older kids were younger i brought 5 twin beds with a dresser ,night stand,desk and play area under it and and put them against a wall with side rails the kids loved it soi say go with the twin bed stuff what you husband says if you go with the queen bed you will still have to buy a night stand and dresser so just go with the twin bedd

Ellen - posted on 08/21/2012

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I transitioned all 3 of my children into a twin bed. It was up against the side of the wall, so the railing was on the other side. They do, however, push out the railing with their body/feet, but it's not too far to the ground. Our last child, we had only a queen bed to put him in (it was a bunk bed, but we couldn't put him on top yet).... and boy was that nice when we read books before bed... and sometimes fell asleep ourselves in there. And when he would run a fever, I could sleep in there with him to listen to him breathe,and check his temp. But either way, you are on the right track. Do not buy a toddler bed, it is a waste.

Diane - posted on 08/21/2012

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I don't think you should be using the guest bed for your 2-year old. They're old enough to need a routine and stability and something as simple as changing the bedroom can make things really difficult for their sleep patterns (and lets face it if someone's staying the night they're bound to be excited anyway!)

I also wouldn't bother with a toddler bed. I'd go for what we call in the UK a standard single (ie one which will sleep one full sized adult comfortably) (I'm just not sure of the us terminology). You then at least have a chance that they will go to sleep in their own bed with minimal fuss when you do have guests over.

Unfortunately we had to lose the guest room when my ds turned 2 and needed a proper bed of his own so not quite sure where guests are sleeping now - think they might end up with a tent in the garden!!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2012

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Oh also, Craigslist is a great place to find good prices 2nd hand or sometimes even new furniture for lower prices. I love Craigslist I get everything from clothes to toys to electronics to furniture!

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2012

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I think it depends a lot on circumstances! If u can't afford another bed then use it until u can. If the room is not big, soon as u can afford a smaller bed I would BC need play area. I have a 3&5 yr old, my 5 yr old we got her a bedroom set at 3 when the new baby came along, got a twin bed dresser and chest at big lots for around 400. She started out great in it and the furniture still holds up now. She likes her littlesister to sleep her so right now they both sleep in the twin bed! Not ideal but they have plenty of room and are happy with it. Ling as they don't stay up all night playing and actually go to sleep im good w it. But a twin will fit a child for a lit of years.

Laura - posted on 08/21/2012

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Toddler beds are not cost efficient unless you plan on having more than one kid move through them....

My kids went from the crib to a twin bed, a bit later on the daughter went to a vintage double bed (antique bed frame and new mattress). The son received a queen bed for his 16th birthday.

Personally, I would scour vintage, 2nd hand, consignment shops for reasonably priced furniture for your daughter; kids are hard on their stuff. The bed size doesn't matter, but I'm a believer in not having to give up a bed for company....that's what the guest room is for.

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If you want to buy childrens bedding sets and stuff like princess or dora or whatever kind of fun characters she likes, it would be best to get a twin or double (full) size bed.
It's really hard to find character sheets and blankets in larger sizes.

Kym - posted on 08/21/2012

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My son went right to a double bed...I agree that a toddler bed is a waste of money!!

Tasha - posted on 08/21/2012

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Hey!
My eldest moved into a queen when she was 2. I know it felt a little big and weird to me at first but she loved her big girl bed! My son went from the crib to a full size. We only did that because his crib converted to a full size. But he's so tall that I know I'm gonna have to get him a queen soon.
I personally don't see the need for a twin unless the space isn't big enough. Go queen or full and that will save you from having to purchase a new mattress anytime soon.
Good luck!

Beth - posted on 08/21/2012

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Our 6 year old son went from crib to queen bed and our crib didn't convert to daybed. At first they look very small in it, but now he's 49" tall and is about to need the foot room, so we will have to move his enormous lion stuffed animal off of the bed. We will never need to buy him a new bed unless his mattress wears out. I do not envy people when I hear their stories of looking for kids' furniture. The only issue is finding cute sheet sets to fit.

Claire - posted on 08/21/2012

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Hi Krystal,



My oldest went into a queen at two. We found her restless sleeps loud and costly. (Picture two bewildered, half asleep parents waking up to loud crashes and a nice big hole in the wall. Yep, she was that strong :)).



The way I saw it was that she didn't 'fit' in a single bed, a double meant having to buy new bedding for it and so a queen seemed more logical. Fast forward 10 years and she still loves sleeping 'spread-eagle', still has restless nights (minus holes in the walls) and it's good for when she has a friend sleep over.



Downside: We live in the country and on a winter's night it gets to -5 easy. She has trouble keeping warm, even with a couple of hot water bottles. Bear in mind that she has her Dad's 'northerner' blood- he's from Sydney and sleeps next to the wood heater in winter.



Had no problem with toilet training her in it. She has always woken to go if needing to. Every child is different- only you'd know what's best for your girl, anyway :)



Hope this helped!

Denise - posted on 08/21/2012

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My daughter has been sleeping in a queen bed since she was 2. It just made practical sense. I only had the one bed and then I bought a new bedroom set so instead of throwing out my queen bed to buy a toddler bed I just gave it to her. It has worked out great. She has not had any issues with the size, for me it just gives her more wiggle room and it worked out great for night time accidents. Instead of having to strip her bed and change it in the middle of the night I just put her on the other half of the bed and we all could finish our rest and deal with it in the morning. The only thing I "miss" is that all the cute girly comforter sets come in smaller sizes. but I found her a queen set that she likes and that's worked out for us.

Flechia - posted on 08/21/2012

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A twin bed is more then enough for a two year old. If you buy anything bigger you'll have to replace it. By the time he or she is ten that mattress will be worn out and then you'll be buying another mattress.

Jessie - posted on 08/20/2012

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I say keep the queen in the quest room and buy her a twin or a full size bed to
save money later when she grows older...But if she's.anything like my daughter being her in her own room has not been easy..I've decided to get her a twin bed because the stores only sell the character bed.spreads in twin size and I need all the help I can get to motivate her to be in her own room in a bed girl bed..lol Good luck :-)

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but the main problem I see with a bigger bed is that sometime in the next year you will likely be potty training and it may be to hard for her to get down. We got our daughter a twin since our house is small and I slept on a twin bed till college. Yes the bed and mattress are an investment, but like I told my husband when he objected to the money, you won't need another for 10 years. Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 08/19/2012

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Another plus side to full size+ just thought of after reading more of the other comments... (I have my sons on risers too) there's lots of space for few under bed storage totes. So it could save you space depending on how thins are set up in the room. In the long run...you need to do what you're comfortable with. If you're on a diff pages then your significant 'other'nothing wrong with compromising. Again the sizes aren't much different. If you're ok with a Full size then a Queen shouldn't really be an issue.

Crystal - posted on 08/19/2012

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As far as 'kid' bedding. You can get it in full size but I personally think that's a waste of money too,lol. I like getting the accessories that can be added/changed more easily and cheaper.

Crystal - posted on 08/19/2012

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I put my son into a full size at 2yrs old also. A queen isn't much difference. If you notice when you buy bedding. A lot are listed as 'full/queen' for the 1 size even. I didn't see the sense in buying and replacing in a couple years.My son's now 10 and the bed still hasn't needed to be replaced. Nice covers/pads help to prolong the life ad save money in the long run also. Especially when they are so small and will most likely be having some 'accidents'.

Krystal - posted on 08/19/2012

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There is nothing wrong with a queen for a toddler. Many of the fmilies I bbyst for had one and they were usually beautiful princess rooms. There are lots of toddler beds on Craigslist though to save money though. Either way is fine. Space would be the biggest concern. Wat is there room for?

Tiffiny - posted on 08/19/2012

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also most cribs now a day turn into bed frames where all u have to buy is the metal railings and a mattress

Tiffiny - posted on 08/19/2012

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where abouts do u live ? i have a girls toddler bed (doll house bed) that i'm looking to get rid of, i live in oh if u're anywhere close.....

Lindsey - posted on 08/19/2012

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We had two "extra" queen size beds (combined two houses when we got married!) and put both of our children in them when we transitioned out of the crib (around 2.5 for both). We bought removable sides for them and piled pillows against the sides to give them a "snug" feeling in the bed. We had no trouble with either child (both were troubled sleepers as infants and are now great) and now we don't have to buy another bed for them to grow into!

Good luck on your decision - every one has their own way to transition their kids from stage to stage, so go with your gut and I'm sure it will all be fine.

Eva - posted on 08/19/2012

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I gave my son the queen from our guest room and turned guest room in to a playroom. I see nothing wrong with a two year old having a big bed why not?

Kristin - posted on 08/19/2012

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My son went straight to a full size bed, since that was what we had as a guest bed. The kid bedding hasn't been as hard to find as I thought it would be. We bought a dinosaur sheet set at Target, and I noticed it came in queen size, too.

Tracy - posted on 08/19/2012

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i dont see a prob with a single or bigger. my daughter had a toddler bed from 1-2years then cos she had so many toys i moved her into a single. she has a bed guard so she doesnt fall out and one of those steps you use for the toilet to get up and down as its unusually height.

the only comment i will make on bigger beds is i had a single till i moved out at 17years and my husband as a kid had a double from about 10-11years. as a result i hardly move when i sleep where as its taken 10years almost to train him to not sleep in the starfish position lol.
when shes older her partner might not be able to get any of the bed if shes used to being able to spread.

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2012

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I gave my son my old queen bed when he needed one, and got a new bed for myself. He loved it...mostly because it was huge and he could bounce on it. Now he has a fancy bunk bed, but he still asks for the old "bouncy bed" back because he misses it.

Kathleen - posted on 08/19/2012

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It costs us $50 for a nice toddler bed when she was 2 3/4. She was in it until just this summer (age 5) and moved her to a queen bed. You can get nice toddler beds for cheap and I think they are important transitions.

Kristal - posted on 08/18/2012

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I was wondering the same thing. We want to do a full or a queen because we already own both and also so we can do story time in bed with the kids or to snuggle if they are ill and need help falling asleep etc. It will be crowded in the room and might be tough to find bedding but I also want to be able to use them as guest beds since my parents and siblings live out of town. I was wondering if people who have children in bigger beds see any downsides to it? Other than having less space in their rooms, I just think it will work best for our family to use the beds we already have verses investing in twins with trundles. Any comments?

Ckl - posted on 08/18/2012

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Hi there My Husband and I were in the same position you guys are in. My Little girl is four now and at the age of 2-1/2 we noticed she was in need of more room on the Crib/Daybed. We decide to go with the double bed bcs we wanted the rest of her toys and dresser to fit comfortably in her room. As for the bed the double was the best for her bcs we would put the rails on both sides of the bed. If you have Large Body Pillows try to flatten them and make your own pillow cases and here is and idea what you can do... I would put the large body pillows on both sides of her so she would feel comfortable and she wont fall off the bed. My mom did that for me and my sisters (as babies )and it was the best invention ever. Honestly, once I would put the large body pillows beside my daughter.... I slept without stress bcs. I would always think what if she falls off the bed and then I would literally check up on her while she was in the day bed/ crib. Up until now she loves it... SO I would go for the day bed if you ar in need of space... I hope this was helpful.

Nicky - posted on 08/17/2012

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My sons crib turned into a toddler bed. I turned his crib to the bed when he was 2 and when he was 3 i bought him a twin bed. He has only fallen out of it once and he was fine just found him on the floor sleeping in the morning. A queen I think may be a little to big, though I dont think she would mind all the room she would have to roll around and get comfy. She would prolly have less of chance of falling out also since its so big.

Lori - posted on 08/17/2012

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We transitioned our daughter to a toddler bed at 19 months when we moved 2 states away because I didn't see a reason to bring the crib with us just to have to find a place to store it when she did move into the toddler bed. She fell out of it a few times at the beginning. She loves it now. We didn't go out and buy one though. Like all our baby furniture, the toddler bed is a hand-me-down from my sister. In a few years when our son is ready to move out of the crib to a toddler bed we are probably going to move our daughter into a twin bed. I wouldn't think of putting her in anything bigger until maybe her teen years. We have stayed with friends where she had to sleep in a bigger bed and she still managed to fall out of it. If you want a smaller bed for your girl I would suggest looking at yard sales or thrift stores or even asking any family/friends that have kids a bit older that will be moving into bigger beds soon, maybe they will pass the bed to you or sell it to you cheap.

Amy - posted on 08/17/2012

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My son has been in a queen bed since the age of three. Once we get a bigger house my daughter will also be in a queen. I won't buy toddler beds

Lynda - posted on 08/17/2012

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My son is in a twin bunk bed ( uses the bottom bunk now, he's 5). He transitioned from a crib to the twin by himself at about 2 1/2 .Since we kept the bunk beds in his room (his room was our "guest room" and any guests, mainly our parents, used the room) it was an easy transition for him. I don't see the point of a toddler bed, but I think a twin is more than enough room for her at this time and she will have fun finding sheets and pillow cases, etc of her very own which are most commonly found in the twin sizes. Full and up are mainly adult designs. A twin bed can easy accomodate her until she desires a larger bed or goes off on her own. I was still in my twin bed when I left home at 22. Twin beds are not that expensive and if you check consignment shops, second hand stores, you can find the frames, head and foot boards usually very inexpensive. I would spring for a new mattress and boxspring though. I would not buy a mattress or boxspring secondhand. At 2 I would also use rails for a twin bed, as she can still roll out if she's a restless sleeper. My son's bunk bed is up against one wall, so we really only needed a rail for the open side. He did great though and after about a year we removed the rail. Good luck with whatever you decide.

Tori - posted on 08/16/2012

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I agree with you, I think a queen sized bed for a little kid is overdoing it. I can see letting her use it occasionally - sometimes I let my 2 year old sleep on our bed for daytime naps - but not all the time.

Julia - posted on 08/16/2012

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Both of our boys (now 4 and 6) transitioned at age 3 to queen sized beds for exactly the same reason. We had two extra queen beds in our house and it seemed like a waste of money to go out and by a twin or a full. It was also my husband's practical idea and I wasn't sure at first but I'm so glad we did it! They LOVE their beds and I have had no trouble finding cute bedding for them. It also makes reading bedtime stories very comfortable because there is lots of room for mom or dad, and sometimes we do a family story time before saying goodnight in one of their beds and all four of us can fit! I agree with Cheryn that bedroom size can be a factor - it's nice to have some floor space for playing. I say go for it, you'll be surprised how nice it is!

Cheryn - posted on 08/16/2012

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Both of our girls (6 & 4) are in queen size beds. Both transitioned at 3. Our oldest did NOT do well in a crib even as an infant, better as a toddler bed, FINALLY started sleeping through the night when transitioned to the queen. She sleeps right on the edge, but loves having the space. The 4y.o. was transitioned by her big sister, though we had been working towards it. Big sis tucked her in for a nap one day & that was then end of the crib. She sleeps smack in the middle, but can share when needed. When doing research on mattresses to buy, the queen isn't that much larger than a full/double. We have a queen & the guest room is a queen, so we only have to have one size sheet sets for the whole house. :) We just go with solids that fit their decor. When the bed is made you don't see the sheets anyway. We purchased a full sized Tinkerbell comforter for the older, it just doesn't hang off the edges like it would on a full. You can usually buy the pillow cases separately if that is a factor for you. I also grew up sleeping on a single - smaller than a twin. I LOVED my bed. So go with what you really think will work for L.O.'s comfort/security, your budget, and bedroom size.

Ashley - posted on 08/16/2012

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We went from a crib to a toddler bed but our then 2yr old wanted to sleep in the queen size bed in the guest bedroom. It's been a year and that's what she refers to as her big girl bed and where she sleeps nightly. We have a new baby coming & need to use the guest bedroom for the baby, but the queen is too big to fit in either of our secondary bedrooms with all our girls toys. But when we mention getting rid of it she does not want to. It's a really high bed too, so I think she'd even dislike a twin. I say use the queen if it fits. Save the money. She may love it being so big.

Kate - posted on 08/16/2012

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I chose crib to twin for my kids. Cost of bedding was a big factor. Another was my sleepless college roommate - she'd always had a queen and couldn't sleep in a twin in our res hall room. I didn't want to set my kids up to be spoiled. I figure when the kids move out, they can take their twin beds to get themselves started and I can buy bigger beds for when they come him since all of their belongings will go with them.

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