Youth bed versa twin bed, waste of money?
Jennifer - posted on 04/17/2009
We used a toddler bed because it was given to us. We switched him at about 18m since he was climbing out of his crib, it was a great/easy transition. Then at around 2.9 yrs old he started waking 3/4 times a night because he was knocking against the sides and he was falling out the end. We realized he was alreay too big for the bed (too long) and wound up getting a twin. The first night we had the twin he slept through the night and has done great since! For us using the toddler bed was fine because it was given to us, but I would not feel that way if we'd spend more then $50 on it. I will say that the twin bed we got is a very simple inexpensive one so that we will have flexability when he gets older and as our family grows. Our plan is to buy him long lasting, quality furniture when he is about ten and can give his own apinion and once we are finished having kids and have decided we won't need bunkbeds or such if we have two boys.
We went straight to a twin bed. I just couldn't justify the expense, and now that I'm expecting our second, we needed the mattress to stay with the crib. At his second birthday, we took the mattress out of the crib and put it directly on the floor. He slept on it like that for a few weeks, getting used to not having rails around him. At least that way he didn't have far to fall! Then we got him his twin bed at Ikea, and it isn't too high up, he can climb in without any help or stool. He's never fallen out of it!
Gabrielle - posted on 04/16/2009
We planned to just go with a twin, but couldn't pass up a great deal on a toddler bed ($15, great shape.) There's nothing wrong with going straight to a twin. The whole idea of a toddler bed is probably just something invented by retailers to get us to buy something else. :)
Megan - posted on 04/16/2009
We had a youth bed for our son, but it was a borrowed bed. This is a great way to save the extra cost and make it a little less scary to switch a "big kid" bed. If you can't borrow one then I would check out the second-hand stores.
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