When can i switch my baby from a crib to a toddler bed?

Colleen - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter Sierra can get out of her crib and shes 15mo but shes still too young for a toddler bed and i dont know what i should do.

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Mandi - posted on 10/28/2009

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My son got a small toddler bed for his 1 yr birthday and he slept in that night and I have never had a problem he loves it I think after 1 yr a child can be ready for a toddler bed you just have to make sure you have the room baby proofed so if the child wakes up there is nothing that can harm the child.

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2009

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15 month is not too young for a toddler bed! It's dangerous if she can get out of the crib. My son was 11months old and my daughter was 1year 2weeks old when I put them into toddler beds. these beds are not high enough for kids to fall out and hurt themselves. If your daughter can get off of the sofa, she can safely get out of a bed. By this I mean, if she is on the sofa, does she know to roll to her tummy and slide off? if yes, she is definately ready for a toddler bed. To put your mind at ease, put a pillow on the floor just incase she falls out. When you do put her in a bed keep all doors closed apart from her door and your door so if she gets up she will come to your room and nowhere else, keep a stair gate on the stairs. Good luck!!

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2012

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I put my daughter into a toddler bed at 1-years old. For a week she went back and forth to her room and hers so we took her bed and set it up at the end of our bed to get her use to it. Once she got use to it we pu it back in her nursery and she stayed in there on her own and loved her own room

Nancy - posted on 10/28/2009

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well I tried to put my daughter in a toddler bed when she was 2 but she started coming in my room around 4 and 5 in the morning so I put the side back on. she is now 3 and has never tried to climb out of her crib but I think I am going to try it again. I think once they start to climb out then you can transition them to a toddler bed.

Daphne - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hi my little man has been in a toddler bed since he was 15 months :)

The 1st day of having his toddler bed up he decided he wanted to sleep in it and that was that 'bye bye' cot :)

I ended up removing all his toys other than his teddie and put kiddie locks on his draws and his wardrob!! And I also put a baby gate across his door....

That worked really well for my little man!!

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Tori - posted on 10/28/2009

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I put my son in a toddler bed when he was 18 months old because of the same problem and he loved it he sleeps in his bed now all the time and he is almost 3

Rachelle - posted on 10/28/2009

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well my son was about her age when i put him in a toddler bed, he has fell out of bed in the middle of the night but i figured he will learn where the edge of the bed was eventually, i would go in there and hold him for a while and get him calmed dwn and he would go back to sleep in his toddler bed, i put a pillow across the edge of the bed and some blankets to pad his fall, or you could get something like a padded bar and put it across the edge... my baby is 2 yrs old and now sleeps in a big boy bed, he has a race car bed and haven't had any accidents since the toddler bed, but i think the toddler bed would be a safer way to go so u dont have any accidents of her climbing out of her crib and falling any further distance where the toddler bed is a little lower for her, or u could lower the matress in her crib. but i would suggest a toddler bed first cause it could be overwhelming putting them in such a big bed for the first time. try that out first then get a twin size bed after she has mastered that toddler bed good luck to you

Jamie - posted on 10/27/2009

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hmm, I say that if she is crawling out of her crib like that, to go ahead and put her in a toddler bed. That's what I did for my son (right before he turned 2). It was exciting to him and I never had trouble with him getting out, but still moved 'harmful' things out of reach and set up a baby gate (rather than close the door, so I could listen out and it not be too dark). Try it and see, though. Good luck! =)

Lesley - posted on 10/27/2009

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My daughter was about 15months old when i was woken up first thing in the morning by a thud and a god awful scream she went head 1st over the top. If she can climb then its time. I put a second matress under the bed and she has never fallen out.

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2009

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My first went in at 18 months. We just made sure it had side rails. The second at 11 months because she could climb out of the crib. They were both fine. However, their doctor did not like this and his suggestion was to Put a mattress on the floor of his room and bolt dressers etc. to the wall, in case they decided to pull on it. Also to remove anything that we would not allow him to have unsupervised out of the room.

Kathleen - posted on 10/26/2009

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I don't mean to cause waves, but why spend the money on a toddler bed? why not just go straight to a twin?



My daughter has been on a twin since she was 13 months. If they're able to walk I don't think they can be too young to transition. Plus it'll give you a chance to sleep in if their room is baby proof. My daughter is able to get out of bed without my help so no need to wake up at 7 in the morning. she just gets up herself and plays with her toys until Mommy wakes up, which is usually around 8ish.

Emily - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son's crib was recalled when he was 16 months and after 2 months of battling it out and him sleeping with me I finally decided to just give him my bed (queen sized) and bought a new one for myself and it's been great since. He does get out of bed and he may play for awhile but then he always returns. I keep his door shut but always have the monitor on. Good luck!

Deidre - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hey :) I switched my daughter at 15mo and I was one of the best decisions I ever made! She never woke up and got out of her bed, she knew it was bedtime and that was it.

I would forgo the standard rails though and lookup a bed bug bumper. I love mine. It is a foam thingy that you put under the sheet so that they can't roll off the bed but they can easily climb over it to get in and out of bed! There is no fear of them getting stuck or getting hurt with it either cause it is both under the sheet and super duper soft! Plus, with shipping, it was a lot cheaper than most standard bedrails I was seeing.

Gina - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi, I put my son in his toddler bed at about 17 mos. He loved it! He couldn't get out of his crib, but I was afraid he would soon. I didn't have any trouble with getting him to stay in bed, he is an awesome sleeper and I am so lucky that he sticks to his bed time routine. If you daughter is good at bedtime you might not have any problems. They grow up so fast and learn real quick. I just put a gate in his door way so he can't get out when I am asleep and get into things. Our bedroom doors are right next to each other so I hear him when he is up in the morning. He did fall off the bed a few times, half the time he wouldn't even wake up when he fell, and it is so close to the floor that he was neverr hurt. All kids fall off the bed, I'm sure.

Good luck!

Shayna - posted on 10/24/2009

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She is now old enough to be in a toddler bed. As soon as they master the ability to get out of their crib they need to be transitioned to a toddler bed, because it is extremely dangerous for them to be climbing out at that height. They can easily fall and brake a bone or hit their little head really hard. Put a toddler bed in, and baby proof the bedroom. I would suggest buying a gate to put across her doorway, and cover up all the plug-ins with covers.



I would also suggest skipping the "toddler bed" and going right to a single bed with rails. It will save you money in the long run because they really grow out of their toddler bed quickly!

Kylie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi colleen, my son was about 16months old when I moved him into a single bed. Like Sierra he climbed out of his cot...She is not to young...she obviously doesn't want to be in her cot anymore so put her into a single bed. You may have a week or two where you are constantly putting her back into bed but hey you will get there.



When I put my daughter into a single bed I had both in her room and let her play and day sleep in the bed and put her into the cot at night..it worked great...and I had no problems after a month I think it was getting her to sleep in her bed...



Good luck

Shelsea - posted on 10/24/2009

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my son has been in a toddler bed since he was about 13 or 14 months old. he couldnt climb out of his crib yet but would not sleep in it. you just want to baby proof her room completely incase she does wake up and decides not to cry for you and instead plays with her toys. i started my son off with naps so he can get used to it then bedtime. he rarely falls off his bed but at first it happened often so we took a down comforter and folded it into a small bed type thing and put it on the floor right next to his bed. we also put a baby gate up in his doorway at night incase he wakes up without crying he can only get into his toys and not things around the house that can cause him to get hurt but usually he just walks to the baby gate and calls me or my fiance or cries. but you can always try and see if it works for her! good luck!!

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