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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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.

Sally - posted on 08/16/2012

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I never had a toddler bed for my 3 . They went from cot to single beds. I wish I could have had a double for them cos then I could have climb in snuggled up for bedtime stories.

Torri - posted on 08/16/2012

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Although if she had a full sized bed she would probably find a way to fill it with more stuff haha!

Torri - posted on 08/16/2012

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I wish I would have got my daughter at least a full sized bed. I have the rails on one side (of the twin bed) and the other side is against the wall. I have issues getting in the bed with all of her stuffed animals and blankets to read stories before bed. I know I could just do story time in a chair but it's way more fun to crawl in bed and read stories there.

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.

September - posted on 08/16/2012

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I think a queen bed would be fine for a 2 year old. We never used a toddler bed for our son or those rail things. He went straight from his crib to a full bed and did just fine. If you already have a queen why not just use what you have?

Krystal - posted on 08/16/2012

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LOL! Yeah, one of my husbands arguments for not wanting a single was that he didn't want to buy a new one a few years down the road when she out-grows it. I'm like, what?? I was in a single bed until I was 16! I could sleep in one now perfectly fine if I didn't have a husband, LOL!

Angie - posted on 08/16/2012

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We have 3 very close together and figured they're all going to need beds so we have three convertibles! I know for myself, I was 14 years old before I got a full sized bed so a queen for a two year old?! I'm with you! = )

Krystal - posted on 08/16/2012

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Thanks everyone for your opinions! Our crib is actually a convertible one as well but we're planning on having another baby in the near future so there isn't much point in converting it now. In my mind, I wouldn't even mind a double bed but somehow a queen just crosses some line in my head, hahaha!

Angie - posted on 08/16/2012

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A queen sized bed does seem like a bit much for a two year old. We bought convertible cribs that go from a crib to a toddler bed to a full sized bed. You could still look at those, obviously skipping the crib step and going straight to a toddler bed. I think that would be money well spent. Also, for what it's worth our oldest is 4 years old and the furniture is all holding up very nicely. The one crib has been used up to a toddler back to a crib and will soon be back to a toddler bed.

Suzie - posted on 08/16/2012

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I transitioned my daughter directly from a crib to a full sized bed when she was 18 months old. I went to Target and got the rails for both sides and she did really well. I did take the rails off right before her 3rd birthday. I usually check in on her right before I got to bed and make sure she is in the middle and show know signs of falling off. She flip flops until she falls asleep but stays in the same place once she is asleep.

I don't think the size really matters... Although you will find it very difficult to find children's style bedding for a queen bed. I have had problems finiding bedding for a full. But since she is a girly girl, I just got a pink vintage bedding set from target... Anyways... just a logisitcal consideration.

Amanda - posted on 08/14/2012

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Both my 4 and 2 yr olds have trundle beds.
My son has a single bed and my daughter has a king single. Both have the pull out trundles that slide in underneath their actual beds for when we have over night guests.

Amy - posted on 08/14/2012

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Both my kids cribs converted to full beds so I don't see that a queen is that much bigger. The only problem my kids had when we converted was getting in and out of the bed. My daughter is 2 1/2 a half her crib mattress is on the floor and she uses that as the first step to climb into bed. Do you have overnight guests often? If not maybe use that bed until you've saved up enough to buy her own bedroom set.

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