At what age does a baby need to switch to a bed from the crib?

Tiffany - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and is now sleeping in a bed right next to me. He doesn't move when he sleeps but my mom says he needs to be in a crib still.

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Tammy - posted on 09/20/2009

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Hello there,

I am a childcare administrator and I have my degree in infant and early childhood development and early childhood education.....

In Daycare...they have to be 36 inches before they can be out of the crib and into a bed... I think you will know especially if a child climbs out of the crib...most toddler beds have the sides up on them so that is a plus!

Hope that helps!

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Christina - posted on 09/25/2009

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the usual age is around 15-18 months. If he is trying to climb out of his crib, then he's ready for a "big boy" bed. I moved my son from the crib to a toddler bed when he was about 15 months. It took about a week or so for him to learn to stay in his bed during the night, so it will take some time to adjust. Right after he got his big bed, he loved it and didn't want to go back to the crib.

Although our moms will give us advice often, it's always up to us how we raise our children and which advice we're going to take. Only parents know what is best.

Also, for toddler beds, a regular crib mattress should fit, so there's no need to buy a different mattress.

LaShawnda - posted on 09/25/2009

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My daughter has been sleeping in her own bed since the age of one. I bought her a toddler bed and its pretty close to the floor and it has railing's . I also put a small t.v. in her room so that she could watch her favorite cartoons and falls asleep. Now she's 2 and has never fell out of the bed and will tell her sibilings to get off her bed!!!!

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I would say now is about the time you should be trying to get him into his own bed..absolutely a crib unless he can climb out and risk hurting himself..and then a toddler bed when he is big enough to just lay down and go to sleep on his own.

Chelsey - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son is 19 months as well. We are transferring him from our bed to his own tonite!!! We are going to let him pick out his own special sheets for his bed and have him help us put his bed together to get him excited. I also have a bed rail with netting so he can't fall out. The other side of the bed will be against the wall. I will let you know how it turns out.

Niki-Dee - posted on 09/25/2009

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I would say when they start escaping from the crib that's when it's time to get the toddler bed. because you never know they could hurt themself going over the side and hitting the floor. every kid does it at a different time though. we switched my son into the toddler bed right before his 2nd birthday and my nephew will be 3 in october and he is still in a crib because he's still okay in it.

Amy - posted on 09/24/2009

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when they crawl out of it. put the toddler bed on the floor till he gets used to not having walls (mine took about 2 months before she got better about staying on the mattres.). It saved me the headache of worrying about her rolling out of bed, getting various body parts stuck in the rail etc...No degree here, just 5 lump resistant kiddos! good luck

Deanna - posted on 09/24/2009

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Usually a child will let you know when he or she is ready wether it be being ready for a toddler bed or potty training. My 2 yr old decided he wanted a bed a 15mths so I got a low toddler bed with rails.

Miranda - posted on 09/24/2009

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I converted my daughter's crib into a toddler bed when she was a year, only because she crawled out of it. I think everyone is different. Someone I know had twin boys that stayed in cribs until age 3 because they didn't try and get out! I was scared my daughter would flip out of her bed and break her neck or something so I went ahead and converted. It has the little side rail, but I still put a body pillow alongside her bed incase she somehow rolls off. (It hasn't happened yet in the past 4 months, knock on wood!)

Julia - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have 3 boys. My oldest is 7 and I moved him into a toddler bed at age 2, his crib converted to a toddler bed and had a side rail that went w/ it. By age 3, he went to a twin bed. With my middle child, we also moved him into a toddler bed at around 2 and then shortly before he was 3, he moved to a twin bed. I have a 3 mo. old now and I plan to do the same thing w/ him. I think 2 is a good age UNLESS your child is crawling out of the crib on his/her own, then you need to go ahead and put them in a toddler bed. If you chose not to go w/ a toddler bed, they make netted safety rails that you can buy and put on both sides of a regular sized bed.

Lauren - posted on 09/23/2009

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I have a convertable crib and change it over to a toddler bed when my son was 15 months. My daughter was just under a year when I bought her a bed, but she was walking at 9 months and climbing right after. Most beds come with rails. My son doesn't have rails on his (the bed came with them though and we opted to not put them on) but he's a pretty calm sleeper.

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We transitioned our now 2 year old (3rd child) to a toddler bed at about the age of one. He was also in our room for a while. He is now in a room with older brother and does just fine. Sometimes he comes in & crawls in bed with us in the middle of the night if he has had a bad dream or has woken up. I will usually try to take him back to his room, but I am not always awake enough to do so. If your son is doing fine in his bed in your room right now I would not worry about what other people say :)

Vicky - posted on 09/23/2009

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it's up to you, if you feel he's ready then fine. My daughter started climbing out of her cot at 14months so i put her in a bed, I put the cot mattress on the floor by her bed incase she fell. I also put a baby gate on the door just in case she got up in the night. Good luck

Jenny - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter is almost 20 months old and she's been in her bed several months. The first few weeks I had a big blanket on the ground just in case she would fall out.. but she handled it just fine. She loves the independence of climbing into bed herself for nap and bedtime.

Cindy - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son was almost 3 before he got out of his crib. He was not trying to climb out and the crib he had was really deep so when he stood up his neck was the only thing going over the rails. I kept asking his doct b/c everyone was telling me I was a bad mom for letting him stay in the crib that long, but his doct said if he was not trying to get out and was fine in it that I would not try to break him yet (because I was trying to get him off the pacifier and potty trained) and that was too much for a little one at that age. He let me know when he was ready. .

Sherry - posted on 09/23/2009

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Tiffany, I moved all 3 of my kids to a toddler bed when the turned 1 yr. old. I bought the bed for their bdays & made it a big deal. If u haven't already bought a bed, maybe take him with you to help choose one!
I love to have my kids sleep with me, but it's bad, bad, bad all around in the long run. When you want privacy, there is none. Best to get them in their own bed & room asap! Goodluck!!!

Chris - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

My daughter is almost 19 months as well and we were wondering the same thing... only problem is she is a WILD sleeper and constantly moves around in her bed, but she is starting to try and climb out of it. I am also worried because her daddy was a sleep walker when he was younger and she is showing signs of being the same way.


We put an extra level of holes in my daughter's twin size day bed, and we also have a bed rail attached to the bed.  Both help keep her from falling, and if by some chance she does fall out of the bed, she's so close to the floor, she won't get hurt.  She is also a very wild sleeper.  Contantly moving around.  However, I don't know what to tell you about the sleep walking.  Maybe you need to put a video baby monitor in her room to keep an eye on her.  Or maybe close her door if she's not afraid to have it closed.  Maybe your child's doctor can give you some suggestions.

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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If you child is already sleeping in a bed keep them in it. You dont want to go back to a crib it will only confuse them. My daughter was put into a big girl bed at 2 but she had to have a rail just so she felt safe. Otherwise when they start climbing out of the crib is a really good time to transition to a bed just for safety sake.

Rebecca - posted on 09/22/2009

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Don't go backwards, what a shame to do that when you're both moving foreward so beautifully. If you and your son are happy with this arrangement, and he is safe, I can't see any reason not to keep the bed. I found with my Mum, when she told me things like this, I gently asked her why that is. Often her only response was that that was how they always did it in her day. She often then saw that perhaps her ideas weren't so solid without reasons behind it. I got to go ahead with my way, with minimal hurt feelings.

Kelly - posted on 09/22/2009

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I have a 19 month old as well. At home she sleeps in her crib still because she is hooked up to a feeding tube overnight, & she can't get up & move around with it, but during the day at my mothers, she sleeps beautifully in a toddler bed, which she can get in & out of herself, so I think you just have to go by the child. If her tube was gone, I'd have her in a toddler bed at home as well :D

Lynn - posted on 09/22/2009

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my daughter is 21 months. she sleeps on a full size bed by herself. Its not high on the ground. Its actually on the floor. and she doesnt move around when she sleeps. My son is in her crib. he is 7 months but is already started to pull up on the sides and tries climbing out. It worries me. Good luck to you.

Jen - posted on 09/22/2009

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If he's already sleeping in bed next to you he should be fine in a bed. Whether that be a toddler bed or a regular sized bed with rails or even a mattress on the floor. As long as he's able to get in and out on his own he should be fine. My daughter was about that age when we switched her to a toddler bed. She absolutely loved it.

Christina - posted on 09/22/2009

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A close to the ground toddler bed works wonders! Some even come with removable rails for us moms to have a little peace of mind!!!

Nicole - posted on 09/20/2009

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My daughter is almost 19 months as well and we were wondering the same thing... only problem is she is a WILD sleeper and constantly moves around in her bed, but she is starting to try and climb out of it. I am also worried because her daddy was a sleep walker when he was younger and she is showing signs of being the same way.

Jackie - posted on 09/20/2009

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as soon as my oldest was 1 he was in a bed. my 2nd is still in crib at 17 months, he absolutely refuses to sleep in a bed which has kind of worked out because my 3rd is 5 months and actually likes to sleep in her pack n play. basically if they can climb out of the crib, they go in a bed or whenever they are ready.

Joanne - posted on 09/20/2009

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they are normally ok in their cribs untill they start trying to climb out. but if you want to put him in a bed you can always buy a rail for it they normally just wedge between the matress and the bed frame( i use one on my daughters bunk). and if he knows how to climb down safley you shouldnt have a problem. my two older ones were about your sons age when i swapped them.

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