big kid beds???

LaCrisha - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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At what age or when do you know when to move from a crib to a toddler bed or big kid bed??

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Tracey - posted on 02/28/2010

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moved my son into a 'big bed' when he was 18months, his really tall & kept hitting his arms on the sides of his cot, then waking himself up. His now 23months a loves his bed

Marci - posted on 02/27/2010

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I don't know if this is going to help, but my son was 20 months and I was already pregnant with our second so I needed that crib. We bought him a big boy bed and he liked it when it came to having it but not to sleep in. The crib was his security, So we talked up the bed for a week and then I slept in his room with him for 3 days while he was in his big boy bed. It worked for him. He even was ok with me moving the crib out and into his new sisters room. I hope that might help.

Jane - posted on 02/26/2010

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i went straight to a queen bed for our 1st one when she was 18 months. she is a thrasher and was always getting her feet and arms stuck in the crib at night and i'd have to go get her unstuck. it was better this way. it will be the only bed we buy her and she can take it when she moves out someday, far into the future. also, we plan to have more kids, so odds are that she and her little sister will be sharing this bed later on. i have not interest in climbing up to change sheets on a bunk-beds.

we put the bed on the lowest setting, bed rails on both sides and got a two-step stool at Target. she's been fine in it.

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2010

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I moved my son into his big boy bed on his 3rd birthday. Same time that he was potty trained. He never climbed out of the crib so why switch and give him the freedom to roam the house at night. He was ready and excited when we switched. My daughter is now 2 and still in her crib. i feel like switching her but she is so comfortable. I think your child will let you know when they are ready.

Serena - posted on 02/26/2010

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we were like a lot of other parents, when we forced to. Once they learn how to climb out the crib on the lowest bar, its time for a big kid bed. Many of the cribs now turn into beds so its a cheap transition LOL. We had another one on the way, so our older one was forced to get a bed so we let him pick out his own bed. It took a little while, especially once they learn they can get out of it easier, but they are so proud of their big kid bed if you hype it up. Good luck

Amy - posted on 02/25/2010

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my daughter is almost 3 1/2 and actually is still in her crib....i am almost embarressed to say that, because everyone I know has moved their children same age, to a big twin bed. I have talked to the doctor too, and like above, he said, "if she isn't climbing out, leave her", which is what we have done. It is helpful in the middle of night when she wakes up to just leave her there to cry and go back to sleep on her on (we just recently stopped going in there...) so, we know she is safe to do that. I have seen the Suppernanny..and I just cringe when I see how long it takes to walk the child back and forth, for sometimes hours! Who wants to do that...and then again at 2/3/4am????? It makes me tired just thinking about it...I have had another suggestion...to just lock their bedroom door when I switch to a big bed..but, who can do that too? I don't know what is worse!! What do you all think???? Any advice.. i know the day is coming soon for me...

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My son was 14 months when he began climbing out the crib. We got him a toddler bed but it freaked him out being near the ground. So he only slept there for like 3 months. We finally bought him a twin captains bed. We but the toddler rails up and my husband built a staircase to the bed to make it easier for him to get in and out. He is almost 3 now and has slept perfect in his big boy bed since we got it.

Geneal - posted on 02/25/2010

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My oldest daughter climbed out of her crib and fell really hard on her back so that night we went and got a toddler bed for her and she did terrific. She loved it. She was 16 months.

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2010

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my oldest that is 4 now we moved her to a toddler bed at 2 my twins that r now 2 one is in a toddler bed cause she climbed out of the crib and the other is still in a crib he seems comfortable there and i asked my doctor how long is to long to keep him in a crib he said that if hes not climbing out or trying to hes fine to stay in the crib so im leaving it up to him.

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