when is a good age to switch a child from the crib to the toddler bed?

Kalynn - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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my son is 19 months and im not sure when i should switch him to a toddler bed......if anyone can give me some advice that would be great!!

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Sherry - posted on 09/29/2009

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Kalynn, the sooner the better!! I have 3 kids-14,11, & 3 and I did the "switch" when they turned a year old. The next big holiday...XMAS maybe, you should buy one & make it a huge deal!! I always kept (still do) a fan running to drown out sound & the fan noise helps put them to sleep! Goodluck!

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Megan - posted on 10/05/2009

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I have the same advice as almost everyone else on if he can climb out of his crib it is time. We moved our daughter over when she was 13 months old. It only took a couple of days to get her to sleep in it. If he can open the door I would put a child lock on and make sure his room is very child proofed. I would put him to bed with his usual stuff and I would also use the same sheets and put the bed in the same spot. I would put him in and let him cry it out. Ava slept by the door for a couple of nights, but then she just started getting up and going to her bed. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Good luck!

Tabatha - posted on 10/05/2009

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my son just turned 20 months and he is sleeping in one. he has been for like the past 2 months now. so whenever you are ready he should be fine.

Yvette - posted on 10/04/2009

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I switched my son when he was 18 months as long as u make sure the toddler bed has bed rails he will be safe. U don't want him climbing out of the crib

Traci - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter was almost 2 before we switched her to a toddler bed. She is almost 2 and a half and she still fights when it is time to go to bed. She keeps getting out but after putting her back over and over she eventually goes to sleep. Sometimes she gets up in the middle of the night and tries to get in bed with me and my husband but we keep putting her back in her bed. I love her being in a toddler bed. We tell her it is her "big girl" bed.

Lyndsay - posted on 10/04/2009

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I had a toddler bed for my son and the tag said 2 years. I kept my son in his crib until his second birthday, but then I just switched him to a big boy bed. Never even ended up using the toddler one.

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We got our daughter Avah in her big girl bed at 18 1/2 months old now she 19 month , now working on sleeping thur the night , potty training.

Anj - posted on 10/04/2009

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That's a good question. Personally, it depends upon the child and the floor plan of your home. My daughter was almost 3 years when I switched to a toddler bed. Personally, I feel age 2.5/ 3years is a good age. (But...that's just me).

Stephanie - posted on 10/03/2009

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we moved my son to a toddler bed at 15 months because he kept trying to climb out of the crib even though he couldn't walk yet. he will be 3 in november and we just moved him to a twin bed because he wanted a big boy bed.

Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2009

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whenever he can get out of his crib by himself and does that more than once....its time!!

Rachael - posted on 10/02/2009

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we got my son a car bed for his second birthday, mad a big deal of it for him, he slept well in it for the first week then the trouble began, after several sleepless nights decided to put a portable cot in his room and let him choose which one he wants, its a slow transition but its working

April - posted on 10/02/2009

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If he is trying to climb over the crib, I would do it now. Otherwise wait until he is 2.

Charlene - posted on 10/02/2009

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you could switch him now, but make sure he can climb in and out of it without getting hurt. You don't want him to get out in the middle of the night but if he does you want to make sure it is safe.

Natalie - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hi, i have a 21mth old and i just put a toddler bed on lay-buy and am planing to change her just after xmas, i would do it now but we are planning a trip for xmas and someone told me that i would be silly to put her into a bed and then try to put her back in a porter cot while we are away cos she may not be happy changing back and forth. My nurse and friends with babies all say around the age of 2 is good.

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I didn't bother with a toddler bed. My daughter will be 3 next month and we switched to a big girl bed half way through this past summer. Instead, I opted for Ikea's double futon - it lies almost flat on the floor..very basic wood frame and thin but double-sized mattress. When she eventually upgrades to a 'real' bed, then I can use the futon as a couch either in her room or in the famly room. I dressed it up quite a so it's a fun bed now....

Sylvia - posted on 10/01/2009

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i bought my 2 yr old a toddler bed, she wouldnt have anything to do with it, so i got a twin size bed mattress and put it on the floor against the wall and got a body pillow to keep her from rolling on to the floor, nto that it was a big drop being its on the floor but that works for my daughter.

Helen - posted on 10/01/2009

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Quoting Denise:

When the child is potty trained, able to comprehend "yes", "no", "stop", and does not roam all night! Try him/her for a day or 2, and see how she/he does, and take it from there...GOOD LUCK!


y does the child ave to b potty trained how silly ! my son is 2 in nov an we ave just turned his cot bed into the bed he is not potty trained at all i really cant see how it matters as for roaming heard of safty gates ?

Cindy - posted on 10/01/2009

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hey there, i put my son in a toddler bed at 16 months and he loved it, slept through the night, sometimes at night i hear him get up, and grab a toy/teddy but in the morning i find him back in his bed. He loves the fact that he has a big bed like mummy and daddy, i was not a big fan of the crib/cot, just make sure that he cant get out of his room, (gate at door is better than door closed) and you will be fine

Desire - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son was in a toddler bed just before his 2nd b-day. we had been considering taking the big switch to a toddler bed and ended up doing it when my sons crib was recalled. we did buy a gate and put it up in his doorway so that when he wakes up in the morning he doesnt go roaming before we hear him :)

Nicole - posted on 09/30/2009

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I just switched my youngest son to a toddler bed and hes 2 1/2. It was a battle at first, always wanting to get out and play when hes was supposed to be taking a nap. At night he did ok, just for naps he would wonder around his room. It took maybe 3 days of naps of putting him back into bed for him to finally stay there, and have had no problems since! Good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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The only reason i switched my son to a toddler bed was because he was starting to climb out of his crib he started that at a year and a half. But when your kid is ready you will know.

Amy - posted on 09/30/2009

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yep. i say anywhere between 1 and 2ish. whenever he is ready. you will know!! good luck!

Anna - posted on 09/30/2009

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MY DAUGHTER CIERRA WAS 16 MONTHS WHEN I PUT HER IN HER TODDLER BED AND SHE LOVED IT SHE WOULD GO TO BED WITH OUT US TELLING HER TO SHE WOULD GRAB HER BALANKETS AND HER TIPPY AND GO TO BED ALL BY HERSELF AT 16 MONTHS BUT IT DOES DEPEND ON THE CHILD AND U WHEN U THINK THEY ARE READY FOR A TODDLER BED OR A NORMAL SINGLE BIG BED GOOD LUCK

Linda - posted on 09/30/2009

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I got a single bed for my kids when they were 2yrs old I made it part of their birthday present and put a step next too it so they could climb in and out. With my first i took the side of the cot for her to get used to the idea before getting her a bed! Gd luck you'll both be fine no matter when the transition is so don't worry!

Meghan - posted on 09/29/2009

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why would you use a toddler bed? what a waste of money, when you could just bye a normal single bed for him, and not put the legs on straight away so it is still at the hight of a toddler bed. thats what we did when my son turned 2. we didnt even use a rail, just put a port-a-cot mattress on the floor (we belived he needed to learn that he can fall out) he did once, and thats it. he is 3 in january. and its great, because we dont need to buy another bed..... just a thought to save your pennys.

Denise - posted on 09/29/2009

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When the child is potty trained, able to comprehend "yes", "no", "stop", and does not roam all night! Try him/her for a day or 2, and see how she/he does, and take it from there...GOOD LUCK!

Annie - posted on 09/29/2009

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dont stress too much about it, my daughter is about to turn 3, has a crib here with me, a big girl bed at daddy's and has never tried to climb out. so now i am using 'pooping in the toilet' motivation for her to turn the crib into a 'big-girl bed'! it definitely depends on the child!!

Kayla - posted on 09/29/2009

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If he can climb out of his crib by himself then you should go ahead and switch him to a toddler bed. It's lower to the ground and much safer for him.

Melissa - posted on 09/29/2009

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my first son was in a toddler bed on his first birthday, my twins that followed, just turned two and are still in cribs. I guess it just depends on the child.

Jennifer - posted on 09/29/2009

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I always took my daughters out of the crib when they were old enough to try to climb out of it. In my case they were around 18 months, but everyone is different. But I would definitely try to transition a child by 2.

Jaime - posted on 09/29/2009

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You could switch him now, he would be fine. It would be better than him trying to climb out of his crib and falling!!! Good luck!

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