How old is "too old" to sleep in a crib?

Julia - posted on 07/13/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My 26 month old still sleeps in his crib. I haven't switched it to the toddler bed because he has not attempted to climb out. After waking up he hangs out, plays with toys, entertains himself for about an hour! I gotta admit the extra hour of sleep for me is great! Some of my friends put their child in the toddler bed when they turned one. Yet had a hard time with their child climbing into the parents bed at 3am. In your opinions is it wrong for my 2 year old to still sleep in his crib?

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Heather - posted on 07/26/2011

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I say if it it works for you then keep the crib. My son will be 4 in a month and a half and we just changed him from the crib into the toddler bed (our crib converts to a toddler bed then a bigger bed so don't have to worry about him outgrowing it too quickly). For me my son never tried to climb out of the crib and wasn't unhappy playing with his stuffed animals in his crib while trying to fall asleep so I felt why change. Now I feel he was in a bed he couldn't get out of for so long that being in the toddler bed he doesn't climb out from the time I put him to bed until the time I come in to wake him up (and if he wakes up early he calls to tell me he's awake but still doesn't get out until I come in). Do what works best for you and your family and don't worry about it being the "wrong choice", its only the wrong thing if its not working :)

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2011

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In answer to your question, I say this: Is it working for you? Because if it is, then there is no logical reason to change it. If he's happy, and you're happy, then why change it? I changed mine when they began to attempt climbing out, and that varied, but it was mostly around the age of two.

Staci - posted on 09/04/2011

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If it's not broke, don't fix it :) I think the longer you can keep them "contained" and safe in their crib the better! Not judging, but I have friends who put their little ones in toddler beds too early, just for that sake of saying their kid was in a toddler bed. I always disagreed with that and thought the parent desired the child to have milestones before they were ready. I don't know about yours, but my boy is a monkey in all sense of the word he climbs and runs and pretty much requires attention 24/7. The longer I can keep in the crib the better, and I know that's better for him! You will pick up cues from your toddler when he is ready!

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I switched my children around 21 months, but they weren't liking the confinement, that was my reason to do it. They never tried to climb out though. I think as long as your child can comfortably sleep in the crib, then go for it. It's worth waiting to switch if you get an extra hour of sleep. Don't worry about the age, as long as there is enough room to be comfortable and you get sleep, don't doubt yourself.

Katherine - posted on 09/04/2011

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If he doesn't try to climb out, and is content by himself, thats good for him! Independent time for him.. and you're right, extra sleep for you ! I dont think it's wrong at all.

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Jessica - posted on 04/28/2013

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Julia, I feel your pain!! My son is now 28 months and is still perfectly content in his crib, but I feel a little internal pressure because out of all my friends that have kids his age he is the only one not in a big boy bed. It makes me think I might be "babying" him. My mom and Nana swear that "if it isn't broke don't fix it" when he is ready to move over he will. So I am planning on waiting a bit longer.

Belinda - posted on 09/13/2011

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Our daughter went into her big girl bed about 6 weeks ago, she was almost 23 months at the time. Six weeks later and she still hates it!!! We have to stay with her until she drops off to sleep, and then she comes and gets one of us around 3am to sleep with her for the rest of the night. The only reason she was moved into a bed was simply because she was too long for the cot and she'd keep knocking herself on the bars and waking herself up...she'll get used to it in her own time...soon I hope!!! LOL

Becky - posted on 09/12/2011

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my son is 20 months old and he's a really bad sleeper. its impossible to get him to sleep and that's after over a year of failed attempts at sleep training. basically every night when i put him in bed he screams and if he was in a bed instead of a crib then he would just get up and run around so until he can climb out, Seth stays in the crib.

Rebecca - posted on 09/09/2011

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We'll probably put Ben in the toddler bed when his brother moves out in a year or two. Right now though being in the crib is a "safe place" for Ben.

Lynda - posted on 09/04/2011

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Our son made the decision himself when he was about 2 1/2. We kept a set of bunk beds in his room which we used if one of us needed to sleep with him if he was sick, or just needed one of us (a rare occurrance, as he's slept in the crib since 6 weeks). One day he said, "I want to sleep in the big bed" and never went back. We kept the crib in his room for 2-3 weeks just in case he changed his mind and one night he did, but the next night went back to the bed. As long as he is not climbing out and he's content and has the room, let him make the decision. He will probably surprise you one day and want a "big boy bed"!

Glenda - posted on 09/03/2011

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I wouldnt force him into a big boy bed if the crib is still working.... I dont think there is any rule saying you have to change from crib to tod bed at a certain age... do what works

Medic - posted on 08/28/2011

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My older one was in a toddler bed by 16 months because he thought he was a monkey and my now 18 month old was moved at 14 months because she started sleeping in her brothers toddler bed and would just climb out of her crib to sleep with her brother. I have never had any problems with either of them getting up in the middle of the night the only thing that very seldom happens is they end up in eachothers beds because they share a room. Personally I think its a little odd to be in a crib so long, how do they get up to use the restroom? My son was trained at 2 and my daughter at 18 months is mostly trained and they both get up at night to go.

Jamie - posted on 08/27/2011

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not at all!! If he is happy in the crib then i say keep him in it, why not?

Jennifer - posted on 08/18/2011

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I was thinking of moving my daughter at 2 years; but the closer that milestone gets the more unsure I am of that decision. I think we will leave her in it until she is too big for it; lucky for us she is very petite so that will be a bit down the road. I say as long as it is working for your family that is all that matters.

Amie - posted on 08/12/2011

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In my family it has always been a tradition that the child got a "big kid bed" for their 2nd birthday. My little boy never got out of his bed he would lye there and wait for me to get him up like he did when he was in his cot. It took him a while to realise he could get out by himself. lol

Leandra - posted on 07/19/2011

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Personally if he is all over the crib at night, I would leave him in it until he doesn't move as much so he doesn't roll out of bed. After that maybe you can put a baby gate at his door so he can get up and play in his room. That way you don't have to worry about him getting into something he shouldn't.

Marci - posted on 07/19/2011

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My kids were still in their cribs when they turned 3. They never tried to climb out (I should say, my son did once and it scared him so much that he was out of his bed, he never did it again). Sounds like keeping him in his crib is working well for now. :-)

Joy - posted on 07/18/2011

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Depends on the child. We bought a toddler bed for our daughter last Christmas and tried removing the crib from the room for a month. That was a big mistake. She refused to sleep in it. We tried shutting the door and would usually find her curled up at the other side of the door in the morning. And she'd cry with the door shut. Since I'm not a mom who liked to use the CIO method of parenting, I couldn't continue. My daughter's also the type that if its not her idea to complete a milestone in development, she refuses to do it. Now we have the toddler frame up and the crib in the room. We offer her a choice at night where she wants to sleep. 99% of the time she wants to sleep in the crib. She's not been trying to climb out of it either, but we have caught her trying to climb into it.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/18/2011

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I think it's fine. I'll keep my son in his crib as long as possible, until he's unhappy there, climbs out, or we need it for another baby.

Amanda - posted on 07/17/2011

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my son is 22 months and still in his crib. I think as long as they don't climb out lol. that's my excuse. I have a 9 month old too. he was 13 months when I had her. so we have 2 cribs in their room the same ones. they change into toddler beds. I have a toddler bed that was given to me. but he doesn't really know how to fall asleep by himself. or at least he doesn't want to. I don't know what's wrong with him though. lately he has been screaming bloody murder when we put him in his crib. like he is scared. he has a night light. and I don't know. but he only crys for about 3 min and eventually falls asleep. I don't think that's normal for a 2 year old. anyways. keep your baby in the crib as long as you want. as long as you are happy : )

Amanda - posted on 07/17/2011

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my son is 22 months and still in his crib. I think as long as they don't climb out lol. that's my excuse. I have a 9 month old too. he was 13 months when I had her. so we have 2 cribs in their room the same ones. they change into toddler beds. I have a toddler bed that was given to me. but he doesn't really know how to fall asleep by himself. or at least he doesn't want to. I don't know what's wrong with him though. lately he has been screaming bloody murder when we put him in his crib. like he is scared. he has a night light. and I don't know. but he only crys for about 3 min and eventually falls asleep. I don't think that's normal for a 2 year old. anyways. keep your baby in the crib as long as you want. as long as you are happy : )

Kylie - posted on 07/15/2011

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My daughter turns 2 in sept, and i havent even though of changing her into a bed yet my son was 2.5 or 3 i think he really adjusted well then it was something special for big boys neither were climbers and slept really well in the cot. So i wont b doing so either for abit yet!

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My son attempted to climb out and fell, landing on the back of his head and neck. I heard him and was greeted by the sight as I got to his room. It looked like a horrible fall although he was alright. So after that I decided no more crib. :) Some people say to use a crib tent, but I think that sounds more dangerous than drop side cribs! :)

Margo - posted on 07/15/2011

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I took my 1st child from a crib to a toddler bed at 2&1/2 but that was because my next child was almost here. She did great. My 2nd child I put in a toddler bed at almost 1 year old, because my friend needed a crib. She did excellent. I do think it helps that she sees her big sister. So she does not get scared.

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If they can fit and aren't climbing out.... they aren't too old.



My nephew is 2.5 and still in his crib. My son (3.25 years) is still in his 'crib'. It's just been converted w/ one side gone. It's right up against my bed, so no where for him to fall out. ;)

Mandy - posted on 07/14/2011

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We got my daughter a big girl bed for her 3rd birthday. She was happy enough in her crib. She was tall, and looked uncomfortable sleeping in weird positions. We skipped the toddler bed and went right to a twin, with a bed rail. She does not get out of bed until I go in in the morning. Someone told me toddler beds can be a waste of money, because kids out grow quickly. Bed rails are a nice way to have confidence in the night. Don't worry about the ages of other kids.

Mandy - posted on 07/14/2011

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We got my daughter a big girl bed for her 3rd birthday. She was happy enough in her crib. She was tall, and looked uncomfortable sleeping in weird positions. We skipped the toddler bed and went right to a twin, with a bed rail. She does not get out of bed until I go in in the morning. Someone told me toddler beds can be a waste of money, because kids out grow quickly. Bed rails are a nice way to have confidence in the night. Don't worry about the ages of other kids.

Nikki - posted on 07/14/2011

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We moved our oldest when she was about 17 months old. But we had a 1 month old and needed the crib. Then with our second, she wanted to move at almost 14 months. We are having another one in about 3-4 months, but because our older daughter slept in the "big girl" bed, she wanted to too. I think when they're ready. And with neither of them is it usual to have them come to us in the middle of the night. They come out a few times at bedtime, but not until morning after that. Good luck!

Christy - posted on 07/14/2011

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NO! My daughter is about to be 3 in August this year and that's when I plan to put her in a toddler bed. Keep in mind I also have a just turned 4 yr old so I don't want them conspiring to tear up the house while we are asleep. :) (4 yr old in a regular bed now of course).

Heather - posted on 07/14/2011

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Both my kids went to a toddler bed for their 1st bithday (just before) only because they both are climbers and bothe broke the $450 cribs we bought them Lilli went in to a twin bed at 3 after she broke her 2nd toddler bed and my son will get a twin bed in a few weeks at 2 1/2 yrs old because he is getting to big for the little bed he is almost 3ft 2 inches tall. neither of them ever really come in at night they stay in there bed. I know of mom's that have used the 1st 2nd or 3rd birthdays as a to get a big bed day I think it depends on the child and what is safest for that child. that there is realy no right or wrong about it as long as he safe and happy why change it on him you will know when the right time for him is .

Katrina - posted on 07/13/2011

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My son stayed in his crib off and on until just over 3 years. Around 2 1/2 years we'd offer the choice of where to sleep. Naps tended to be in his bed and nighttime in the crib. My thought is go with what works for you and your son :)

Gina - posted on 07/13/2011

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My lil one is almost 24 months, and she is still in her crib. She hasn't tried to climb out, she is happy, and she still fits. We were planning on keeping her in there as long as possible; however, we have another one on the way, so she will be moving into a toddler bed in 3 or 4 months.
I would like to have her transitioned before baby comes.

Crystal - posted on 07/13/2011

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I also moved my daughter to a bigger bed at 21 months. I had read that they need the extra space when they reach 35 inches in height. My daughter was 35 in. at 21 months so I just went for it. She has done really well with the transition and has never even left her bedroom after being put to sleep. She only comes out when it is morning or calls for me to come in there if it is during the night and she has a bad dream.

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