When can I put my child in a toddler bed?

Tiffany - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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My child will be 2 in a month and is still in a crib. Her crib broke and I have been wondering if she is old enough to be in a toddler bed. I am afraid she wont sleep in it or she will constantly get up. What should I do?

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Emily - posted on 09/27/2012

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I'm 4 month pregnant with my second child, and my son is about to be 17 months, so he will be almost 2 when the new baby comes. We are considering getting him a big boy bed so we can use the crib for the new baby too. My biggest concerns are him getting up at night, or then (they will share a room) going to the crib and waking/messing with the baby. Think it will be ok, or should we wait longer?

Sue - posted on 05/07/2010

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There's no right or wrong age for "the big bed" as our two and a half year old puts it, every child is different but luckily we have had no problems. We have just put our daughter in a "big bed" and she loves it. Just do what you are happy with and what you think will be best for your child.

Stasia - posted on 05/05/2010

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I moved my oldest into a toddler bed when she was 2, and then my next one at 22 months out of necessity (because I had a new baby who needed the crib) and my last 2 I have moved to toddler beds at 18 months. They do get out of bed a lot at first but as long as you are firm and consistent that they stay in their bed, they get the hang of it pretty quickly. You could try a reward system if they stay in their bed all night. It gets tough when they are potty training because you taught them not to get out of bed, but if they stay they'll pee the bed! Make sure they know they can get up or call you to go to the bathroom. :)

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Our daughter will be 2 in July. She is very petite and small for her age, so we assumed we could have her in her crib until she was 3. Wrong, just about a week ago she climed out and made the nearly 4 ft. drop out of her crib (not such a pleasant experience).

So my husband and I decided it was time to convert her crib to the toddler bed. I think having everything stay the same (bed, mattress, blankets, location) helped a lot. She is so independent she won't let you help her into bed, she wants to climb herself. Of course, this means she climbs out when she wakes...so her sleep schedule has been a bit different.

Just wait for the cues from your daughter. Try to make the transition as smooth as possible. Make it positive and encourage her to get in bed "by her self". Be consistent with returning her to bed if she insists on getting up.

Good luck, I think this is a major milestone!

Amanda - posted on 05/01/2010

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I moved my son to a toddler bed when he was about 15 months, when he was able to climb in and out by himself and put some cushions on the floor on the side of the bed in case he rolled out the first couple nights from not being used to having something to stop him. He was in a regular twin bed right after his 2nd birthday.

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Lori - posted on 05/08/2010

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Hi, I think your child will be fine in a toddler's bed. I put my little boy in a toddler's bed when he was 18 months old. I put the bed up first and then put him in it for a nap. it was not long that he started sleeping in it at night. I can say he likes being a "big boy" and he has done just great!! Good luck

Tiffiny - posted on 05/07/2010

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both of my sons went into a toddler/ twin bed at 17-18 mths. so that i could get them use to a toddler/twin bed b4 the next child came . i couldn't afford a new crib and i didn't want them jealous of the new baby sleeping in their crib. for the most part they were pretty good , u just have to really child proof the room b/c they will get out of bed especially if there are toys in the room. so don't b surprised if u go to check on them and they are curled up on the floor w/ all their toys spread around them. i'm actually thinking of putting my daughter in a bed too ,she is 20 mths, b/c her crib is broke from moving twice and going through 3 kids i guess i got my money's worth...lol good luck

Megan - posted on 05/07/2010

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i put my son in a full size single bed at 18 months only took about 3 nights for him to get used to it ( i tryed at 13-14 months but he wasn't ready, and everytime he got up i just put him in the cot, as soon as that was taken out he was alot better with just the bed) . i thought he was a bit young, but he was getting to big for the cot. his 2 and a half now and going well in his "big boy bed"

Kelli - posted on 05/06/2010

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I put my son in a toddler bed at 18 months and I was worried about the same thing. I thought I was going to have to buy a gate to put in front of his door...BUT, I have told him from day one that he was a big boy now and that big boys stay in their beds. He has never gotten out of his bed and will even stay in bed until I come into his room each morning.

Shanna - posted on 05/06/2010

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my daughter was 18 months we converted her crib to a toddler bed and put it in her new room because she was in the nursery. We also had a spare bed in there. she would get out of her toddler bed and go into the other bed. she never came out of her room. i had also thought about putting those safety door handle covers on so she couldn't keep getting out of her room, but we never had to .so i just took her toddler bed out and she slept in the other bed. i was surprised. and the reason we did it at 18 months is that she got out of her crib and was playing in her room and i was concerned if she got out of her crib again she wouldn't be so lucky because we have hardwood floors.

Cheryl - posted on 05/06/2010

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If your child is 2 it's most likely time for a toddler bed. Of course the first few nights will be an adjustment, but stay next to them until they fall asleep, sing to them, whatever. Explain this is a big-kid adjustment. It may take a few days but they will probably get used to it quickly and realize they like their big-kid bed.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/06/2010

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Well shes at right age now .The first few night's i wont lie might be difficult but long term its worth it .I get my daughter ready cereal milk teeth bed read her a story and then she has lullaby music in background -you can get a safety guard to put up at sides so you know little one is safe in bed .I would make the little one excited about new bed saying they are growing n getting big .good luck xxx

Suzie - posted on 05/06/2010

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we Did it a the age of two but wished we did it earler. My daughter got her bed for her secound birthday they are big enofe i just recomend a gate in there doorway so the little dear wont get out of there room in the middle of the night if they do get up but my daughter took a couple of days to get used to it but loves it

Rachael - posted on 05/06/2010

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i put my child in a toddler bed and into ha bedroom when she turned two. its because my brother coloured the bed with different colours and also made her bedroom so beautiful. Now she is 3 and has never wanted to sleep in our room even when she is not well. just come up with ideas for ha new bed she may suprise you

Ellie - posted on 05/05/2010

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i put my son, now 3.5, into his "big boy bed" when he was about 20 months old. i didn't really have any issues.

Kelly - posted on 05/05/2010

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i put my duaghter in a toddler bed at 2 years old, i told her it was no different from the crib & that she still needed me to come get her out each morning, it worked untill she was 3.

Laurie - posted on 05/05/2010

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My son started sleeping in a regular bed (low to the ground in a captains frame with drawers) when he was 22 months. At first it was just for afternoon naps - for a couple weeks. Then he asked to sleep in it overnight so we let him. For the first four or five months part of the bed time routine included stories and then my husband or I would sit in the rocker beside the bed and sit silently until he fell asleep - between 5 to 60 minutes depending on how tired he was, usually under half an hour. After a few months, we decided to cut out the sitting and rocking and see what happened. I was worried he'd be up and out of bed repeatedly but actually he very rarely got out of bed, even when he wasn't particularly tired (he'd roll around and kick the wall a bit (not hard) in his boredom but didn't get out of bed). We should have done that much earlier with him. I think the ease of transition though may have been because it was one change at a time - first the big bed with the comfort of Mum or Dad nearby while going to sleep and then when that went well it didn't bother him to have us not in the room. He's only fallen out of bed about three or four times but the bed is only about 18 inches off the ground so he doesn't hurt himself - just startles mostly. I am however greeted by him at the edge of my bed at the crack of dawn occasionally, which in Calgary in the summer is 5 am or so. I could do without that but I can't really justify sending him back to bed with a full diaper - he's not toilet trained yet at 2.5 and not even close. Most of the time it's closer to 7 when he gets up and that I can live with.

Cara - posted on 05/05/2010

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I'd say you can put her in one now. No sense in buying another crib (unless you are plannino on having more children) and having her into a toddler bed in a few months. My daughter was in a toddler bed pretty early because she kept climbing and falling out of the crib. (she only did it about two or three times before Daddy decided that was enough!!) She did amazingly well. I think part of it was because her older brother shares a room with her and he is in a twin bed. Be patient with her if she keeps getting out of bed. It will not last long.

Jeannette Torres - posted on 05/05/2010

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I was told by my doctor that if my son can get in and out of my bed or up and down on the sofa he will be fine at a toddler bed. My 17 month old son in going to be in his "toddler crib", we have a 3-in-1 crib, as soon as the toddler gate comes in . It is actually safer than a regular toddler bed when they are sleeping. My doctor said we can take the gate off as soon as he stops tossing and turning all over the crib when he sleep. Which it all depends on the individual child. One of my friends put her daughter in the toddler bed at 15 mo. She just put it up against the wall on one side and a twin size air mattress at night on the other just in case. Good luck

Lanisha - posted on 05/05/2010

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I have had my daughter in a toddler bed since she was 14 months old. I have the bed that has the rails at the head of the bed so that she will not fall off. She actually thinks that she is a big girl now because she is in a bed. I dressed it up with her favorite character-DORA and she thought she was sleeping with Dora. Its really not that bad. I was amazed at how easy it was for her to get used to being from a crib/bassinet to a bed.

Keri - posted on 05/05/2010

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My wee girl is almost 3 and in a cot as she has not tried to get out of it yet but will be placed into a bed soon, when she is ready. I am ready for her getting up and about as I guess that is just another part of growing up. We are going to make her bed special with a new duvet, sheets and pillows all around so she finds it fun to stay in her bed. Most of my friends have their kids in cots before now but I don't worry about that. it is whatever works for you and your wee child.

Mary - posted on 05/04/2010

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As soon as Bella was able to climb out of the crib I put her in a toddler bed. Bella will be two in July. The crib has become an unsafe place for her.The baby will get out of bed constantly so make sure all of the doors are locked, and chained. She will come into your room and climb into your bed to sleep. The way I keep her in bed is to let her watch Dora, and when Dora goes off it is bed time. If she gets out of bed that night the next night she does not get to watch Dora. She loves Dora.

Sheldondra - posted on 05/04/2010

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I put my kids in a toddler bed before they were two, One was 18 months and the other was 9 months. It came with rails and they were fine, never fell out. Only thing is they can get out by themselves in the morning and come to my room and wake me up, lol.

Ashley - posted on 05/04/2010

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well....if she is tall enough to climb on to ur bed or if she can touch the ground when she gets down then she should be ready....my daughter turned 2 last yr and we switched her and she took to it quite easilly...but every kid is different...we have a small tv and dvd player in her room and she watches a movie tilk she falls asleep..and it also helps to have a rail put on...

Katy - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son can climb out of the porta crib, but not the regular crib. He is 16 months, and for now we plan to keep him sleeping in the crib. My niece is about 26 months old, and she still sleeps in her full size crib also. All's I can say about that is that all kids are different. I do know she's a climber (climbs the bar stool style chairs at her house, & gets on the 4 - 4 1/2 ft table), but she hasn't tried to climb out of the crib.

Leah - posted on 05/04/2010

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We got a toddler bed when my son was 11 months old, when he started climbing out of his crib. This is also the time he started walking. We though it would be safer, since he could get out of his crip!

Leslie - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son will be two in june and hes been in a toddler bed since january. what we did is lay him in the bed and shut the door. he got up and played still does but he always ends up back in his bed. that might work for little girl too. go get one at walmart for like 60 dollars and try. dont keep going in and checking on her it will just keep her awake. leave the baby monoters on so you can hear her. she'll be fine. You should try it.

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My daughter started sleeping in a big girl bed - we used the guard rails - the week after her 2nd birthday. We started having her nap in the big girl bed first and then after 2 days she wanted to sleep there at night time too. I was really worried about the transition but she has never had any problems and she is almost 3 now.

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I think it depends more on the kid than age. My first two switched around the time they turned two. My third was 18 months. The crib is nice because it keeps them confined. However, if they are climbing at all it is no longer safe.

If your crib is broken it sounds like it is time

Ashley - posted on 05/03/2010

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i switched my sons bed from crib to toddler bed when he was about 20 months. His crib was one of the ones that convert, and he was climbing out of it anyways but couldnt get back in once he got out. When i first did it i told him this is his big boy bed and since hes a big boy now he gets a big boy bed, he thought he was big stuff lol. He slept fine in it ever since, he just turned 2 last week and still does good. He gets out of bed a couple times but he gets in trouble and he knows that once we say it is bed time or nap time that means go to sleep.

Crystal - posted on 05/03/2010

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We put a twin bed in my son's room at 20 months old, but kept his crib as well. We started putting him in his twin bed for naps on weekends (at daycare during the week), but he still slept in his crib at night.

He's now 23 months old and 4 nights ago he flat out refused to go back into his crib. Starting flailing around and screaming when we tried to put him in it and kept pointing at his bed. So we put him in his bed.

When we first put him down to sleep, we have to go back in a few times and put him back in bed, but after that he stays put and sleeps in it all night.

Cindy - posted on 05/03/2010

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Oh yes I forgot to mention we also installed an extra safety rail, so he is more less enclosed like he would have been in his crib.

Cindy - posted on 05/03/2010

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We were in the same dilema with our son,who was 18 months at the time his crib broke. We tried him in a twin bed and I found him curled up in the middle of the night, in a corner of his room with his eyes wide open like he was scared to death. I felt so bad and he wouldn't go back into the bed after that. So we had to put him back into his portacrib. We gave it 6 months tried again and he's been sleeping in a toddler bed ever since. So I guess it's up to your daughter and if she is ready or not.Good luck on the transition:)

Melanie - posted on 05/03/2010

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my son is 16 mths old and i have just put him into a "big boy bed" with a safety rail for him. To be honest it doesnt seem to bother him too much and i think he found that all of the extra room was exciting. he has tried getting out a few times but the number of times that he does it are getting less and less. i think its more of a big deal for us than them lol!

Pamela - posted on 05/02/2010

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I gave my daughter a toddler bed when she could consistently climb out of her crib!

Kasandra - posted on 05/01/2010

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I moved my son into a todder bed maybe a month before his second birthday, and he transitioned fine. He did get up and play around a little bit but when their tired they know where to go to sleep at. Just make sure that if she did get out of bed in the middle of the nite that there is nothing that she could hurt herself with in her room and that she wont be able to roam around the house. They get used to it and the earlier you move her into a bed the easier the transition will be.

Jane - posted on 05/01/2010

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Hi just converted my little boys cot to a bed two nights ago, I had worries too as he has always been a good sleeper, but so far he has been fine. He loves the little bed and hasnt gone wondering in the middle of the night, yet! I think us parents sometimes make it a bigger deal than our children do! lol

Joan - posted on 05/01/2010

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Just give it a try you'll be surprised how they like a big kid bed. I think they have railings even for toddler beds if your afraid they would fall out. Same mattress....same sheets so it's only less confinement.

Teresa - posted on 04/30/2010

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I put my daughter in a toddler bed when she was 13 months old. I told her it was time to switch to a bed almost like Mommy and Daddys and she was thrilled with the idea. We didn't have any issues with her trying to climb out of it. At bed time we told her it was time to go night night in her big girl bed and she would go in lay down and pull her blanket over her and go to bed.

Sabrina - posted on 04/30/2010

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I put mine in one when she was 15months. I know that sound early but she was fine. We had a gate at her door so she could not get out of her room when we were sleeping. Then she was in a twin bed at 3.

Sharon - posted on 04/30/2010

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My child is 28 months and we are putting him in his first toddler bed tomorrow. I have the exact same concerns you do...............

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010

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We moved in February and when we did we went ahead and converted her crib into a toddler bed. I wasnt too sure about it, but went ahead and did it. Its great. When I tell my daughter its time to go night night she goes and crawls in her bed and wants to be covered up. She doesn't always stay (we are cosleepers) so when she falls asleep in my bed, we put her in her bed. She normally stays there until morning unless she wakes up for some reason.

Leah - posted on 04/29/2010

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WE put both of our kids in toddler beds when they were 20months...-22 months. (Had to use the crib for the next one) I'd give it a try... make it really special with a new comforter etc.

Christine - posted on 04/29/2010

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I have recently had my second baby so we wanted to have our toddler in a 'big bed' by December. Admittedly he was only 29 months but we bought a kids bed from IKEA that was low and had the guard rail. At first I still had him in his sleeping bag which made it a little hard to move around!! For the first week, he would manage to get out of bed and fall asleep on the floor so we would go in and put him back into bed. If you're worried that she will keep getting up, ensure that there is nothing dangerous in her room and close the door - thankfully for us, he hasn't worked out how to open his door yet! Give it a go, she may surprise you. All children like to feel grown up!!

Teresa - posted on 04/29/2010

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when putting my kids in a toddler bed, before they were 2... i had to find a way to keep them in their rooms, it made them mad but i only had to for a week or two was to put a baby gate in front of their door. kept them contained until they learned to stay in bed. just gotta put them back to bed and don't make a fuss of it. soon yours will understand its not ok to be up and playing.

Lindsey - posted on 04/29/2010

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Hi Tiffany,
we took the sides off our two year olds cot not long after her birthday, we also installed a stair gate to her bedroom door, so that the door is open but the stair gate can be closed.
when she was 2 1/2 we bought her a single bed because we needed the cot for our youngest (who was on the way) and we wanted to get her used to her new bed before baby arrived, so that it didn't make her feel she was being turfed out for the new baby.
it took her a few nights to get used to it, we take her up to bed at night and she plays with her toys and reads books until she falls asleep, we have found this works well as everyone is happy and she goes to bed at the same time every night quite happily. x

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my oldest was in a twin but my 2 younger had toddler beds. All of them were out of a crib by the time they were 14 months old because they could climb out, and I was afraid they would climb and fall in the middle of the night. It took a little bit of adjusting to keep them in there to fall asleep at first, but they did great with it! and they hold up to 50 or 60 lbs usually, so you can use them a long time. Walmart has the best price for the "toddler room in a box" with a bunch of different characters, if you want to go with a theme. Good luck!

Becky - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'd say if her crib broke, get her a toddler bed instead of another crib. My son was 2 when I put him in his toddler bed and he did very well. I waited until he started climbing out of his crib before I did the switch. You do have to be a little more careful about the child getting up in the middle of the night. I thought for sure I would hear him if he did, but I was zonking out and he'd be climbing into my bed before I realized what was happening! Make sure she can't exit the house while you're sleeping. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 04/28/2010

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hey there. we have a cot-bed for our son. when he turned 3 i removed one side of the cot(cant remove the other side as its next to radiator-layout of the room is silly) and got a bed rail. he thinks its his big boy bed and says he doesnt need the bars anymore. we had no problems with him up and down at all. we just said that if he needed us to call us but that he was to stay in bed unless using toilet. it worked. we are in the process of decorating a different room to move him into and also into a normal single bed so fingers crossed we wont have any problems

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We converted my son's bed from a crib to his toddler bed when he was 22 months old. He tried to get up repeatedly until someone suggested that I tell him to stay in bed until the sun comes up. Ever since I started saying that he does just that. I even worded it in a few different ways pointing at the curtains in his room, and we had already learned lots about the sun before then, so he was aquainted with that idea. But I pretty much tell him to stay in bed until the sun comes up, that we will play tomorrow. I was worried how I would get him to stay in bed for his naps, since the sun thing wouldn't work. But I used what is called the rapid return method and it only took 3 tries and he fell asleep on his own in his big boy bed. I just took him to bed with his normal routine, gave him a kiss like I always do and walked out telling to stay in bed. He was already really tired so he didn't fight it that much, I was suprised to see he only tried to get up 3 times, but after that he was out. Sometimes he still gets up a few times after putting him to bed, but then I just do the rapid return method of not saying anything and calmly taking him back to bed and doing his bed time routine over and over again. They get the point that it's bed time and do fall asleep on their own with that method.

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