At what age did you put your child in a toddler bed? My daughter is 18 months old now.
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Amy - posted on 06/28/2010
We put our son in a "big boy bed" when he was right at a year old. He wouldn't sleep in his crib and I was finally tired of him kicking me all night. With our second one, she went to a big bed when she was 15 months old. I was pregnant with our 3rd child & wanted the transition period to go smoothly. It worked so well with both of them that we moved our 3rd one out at about 15 months, too! Good luck!
Sara - posted on 01/14/2013
I have three boys, 2yrs, 5yrs and 8yrs. Each one of them has been put into a toddler bed around the age of two. With each one I hesitated about moving them from cot to toddler bed as I wanted to keep them as my baby. I also had the same thought as most parents I suspect, that you are worried if they get up in the night and go wondering round. After separating myself from the personal side of moving by babies in to their own small toddler bed I can actually say each one has gone fairly smoothly. Have a bedtime routine which includes talking about how nice their bed is and the characters on it etc, so that they are relaxed about it. We got a Mickey Mouse toddler duvet set as Mickey is all he goes on about, Lol. Then have their cuddly toy or blanket ready so that it's there when they lay down and then use a distraction...e.g. night light that shines pictures or stars on the ceiling and music. Try to have what they used when going to sleep in their cot initially, for comfort and familiarity. Then I'd leave and go back after 2mins, then 4 mins etc so they knew mummy or daddy would come back, Zzzzz!
We have a portable gate that we put on his room at night once he's asleep, night lights in his room and on the landing in case he gets up and initially I had a baby monitor so I could hear him, no longer use the monitor, if he gets up he stands at the gate and calls. Although my youngest has only been in his toddler bed about 6 weeks (25mths old when moved from cot to bed) now we have introduced stories before sleep as we do this with his brothers and he loves it. They are all in bed between 7:30-8pm (8yr old doesn't have to sleep at that time) and they all sleep until around 7-7:30am.
I think you know when the time is right and then it's about following through and making it the most relaxed and fun new experience for them. Good luck!
Kzed - posted on 02/01/2013
We moved last May when my daughter was 20 months old, and since we had a baby due in September, we just set up the crib in his room and switched her to a twin bed with no problems whatsoever. I think it worked because everything was new: the house, the room and the bed...
Brittany - posted on 01/29/2013
I have a 17 month old who sleeps in his play pin after 6 months I had to stop using the crib I'm only 4 9 & it was a challenge to lower it when he got taller & still be able to reach him at age 14 months I had to take extra blankets beside the one he sleeps with out of his playpen because he would use everything to climb out know he's 17 months & don't need any extra help to get out I'm so scared of him getting hurt I'm thinking maybe a toddler bed & a baby gate at the door but I'm still concerned I think he's to young but I don't know what else to do
Cleaver - posted on 01/14/2013
i put my son in a transition bed at 2 years old it was his birthday present. he asked for it. at nap time he wanted to nap in my brothers bed instead of the playpen, at my grandmothers he wanted to sleep in the guestbed instead of the playpen, its been going great he still loves his bed
Jessica - posted on 01/14/2013
My oldest was in a toddler bed at 11 months and my youngest at 6 months... Well, just the mattress on the floor until she was walking. I know it's not traditional, but it worked really well for our family. Neither has ever gotten out of bed during the night, maybe because they knew they've always had the option? Thought if weigh in :)
Casey - posted on 07/13/2012
My daughter went from crib to twin mattress on the floor at 14 months. After about a week, we moved the mattress up onto the platform. I put some of her favorite books on her mattress when I put her to bed. She's never climbed out of bed. I think the books helped In the beginning as she would look at them for 10-15 min before going to sleep. I just put them away when I went to bed, and she would sleep though the night. She goes to sleep on her own now,no problems, without the books.
Khadijah - posted on 06/28/2010
My twins will be 17 months in a few days and they are still in cribs. I don't think they are ready for toddler beds yet. Not until I think they can climb out of the toddler bed safely instead of falling out!! There are railings of course but I'm sure my girls would have no problem with climbing a toddler bed railing. I'm waiting until they are about 2 1/2 and then reevaluate to see if they are ready.
Christina - posted on 05/28/2010
My first moved out of her crib at 21 months. We moved her to a twin size bed. She did great for the first couple weeks, but then began getting out of it and wandering around at night. Our second daughter moved to a toddler bed at 24 months. She hated it, and wanted to be back in her crib, but we had already taken it down. Instead, she chose to sleep in her playpen for the next three months! Once she finally got used to the toddler bed she did great. My son is now 24 months. He hasn't tried to climb out of his crib yet, and he's a great sleeper. I've decided to put the big boy bed on the back burner for now. I don't want to mess with his sleep! Also, his room is upstairs and ours is downstairs, so I'm afraid of him falling down the steps if he gets up at night. None of the baby gates I've found will work on our banister. Plus, once you're on the third child you aren't in such a hurry to see them grow up :)
Kristin - posted on 05/28/2010
I put my LO in a toddler bed the day after he turned 1, not by choice but out of fear. He actually started to climb out and got stuck so his daddy decieded that it was toddler bed time. He at times sleeps on the floor instead of his bed. However most nights he climbs into bed and goes to sleep. From everything I have read that you baby is ready when they climb out of the crib when its on its lowest setting.
Beth - posted on 05/27/2010
We had a scary time with our oldest so she slept with us from the time she was 5 months old until she was almost 2. But a month before she turned 2 she said she wanted to be in her own bed so she has been in her toddler bed for a little over 7 months now and she loves it (although she still sleeps in our room). Our youngest is 17 months and sleeps in her crib still but she is starting to figure out she can climb out so we might have to turn it into a toddler bed soon.
Kathy - posted on 05/27/2010
my DD is going to be 2YO next month and she's still in a crib. i plan to keep her in the crib until she either starts climbing out or she grows too big for it. it's not recommended that you move your child to a big bed until they're ready (climbing out or too big or asking for it) because it will only cause major sleep disturbances and you'll suddenly have a nightly visitor or screamer before bed.
Mary - posted on 05/25/2010
18-24 months was when we started to put our son in the toddler bed. He started to climb out the crib and made it very unsafe. It was a rough start putting him because he would jump back out and play with his toys or cry at the door. We just left him alone, before I went to bed I went to check on him and he was always by the door asleep. I moved him to his bed every night until he finally climbed into by himself and went to bed. I had to tell him every night that his bed was his and mommy and daddys bed is over there. So far he's been in it ever since and knows the routine!
Katie - posted on 05/25/2010
we didn't put my son into a toddler bed until he was over 3 years old. That is because he never tried to climb out of his crib. But we thought since he is older and a big boy, he should be in a big boy bed. He adjusted well to his toddler bed. He is still the great sleeper he was when he was in his crib. So if she is not trying to climb out just yet, maybe keep her in there for a while longer.
Dorene - posted on 05/25/2010
my daughter is 17 months old. We put her in a toddler bed about a month ago. ( she used to sleep in our bed). She still sleeps on our room. Although she still tends to get up a few times during the night, she has done real well w/ her toddler bed.I think it has to do w/ the child and his/her personality. This age worked well for our daughter and us. Good luck.
21 months, we had to tell him to stay in bed until the sun comes up so that he wouldn't get up during the night. He hasn't gotten up since then, sometimes I do have to put him down more than once, but never more than 3 times in a row. For naps I have to wait until he is tired enough to sleep and then tell him to close his eyes over and over again. Most of the time he doesn't take a nap since the toddler bed, but he sleeps from 10 pm at the latest until 8 to 9:30am the next day (didn't do that before the toddler bed, he would get up at all hours of the night and other nights sleep all the way through). He is in a good mood the whole day, so I don't mind him not taking a nap. Sometimes he does need quiet time, if he is tired and grumpy I will have him lay down but not make him stay there if he can't sleep, just for a bit to rest. Most days that's plenty for him to recharge with for the rest of the day.
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