can you put your 1 year old in a toddler bed, even though there not walking?
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Becky - posted on 01/25/2010
I have my 17 month olds toddler bed set up right next to her pack n play she has slept in since birth. She still prefers the pack n play and sleeps better in it, but the first night she slept in the bed just fine. Next night she fell asleep there and woke up in my bed lol. So we are starting to try her out at nap times during the day in the toddler bed and packnplay at night. She is getting ready to start seeing a potty chair around soon. She is showing signs of being ready and I think when we start potty learning she will HAVE to be in her toddler bed so she can get up and go potty on her own.
Allie - posted on 01/26/2010
I don't see why you couldn't do that, I did have a friend who tried that, and her daughter stopped sleeping through the night. Later they brought the crib back and she slept again. So I guess it really just depends on the child and whether they are comfortable with changing. I've read that you should keep a child in a crib for as long as possible, but I don't remember where I read it sorry, but I would ask a pediatrician.
Vicky - posted on 01/26/2010
My son went straight into a proper bed at 11 months and he could walk round furniture and with a walker but wasn't yet walking inderpendly walking - he had a bed guard on and never fell out once! A bed was a safer option for him as he used to climb out of his cot but my baby who doesn't climb out so much is still in his cot at 18 months!
Marina - posted on 01/25/2010
I would say it totally depends on the child. I did try to put my 15 month old . We converted his crib to a toddler bed. The first night he fell 4 times. The second night same think. So I thought he is not ready and decided to go back to the crib, just because I do want him to get a good night sleep. I do want him to grow up but keeping him in his crib is not that bad after all he can not escape :-)))) But you have to go by your child and if you think he is ready go for it, if you see he is not go back. Good Luck.
Claire - posted on 01/24/2010
We had both of our kids in toddler beds by their first birthdays. Daughter because we were expecting our son, and son because he hoisted himself up and over the rail of his crib. With her, she could walk and run by 9months, but he still doesn't walk at 15 months. She used the convertible crib/toddler bed until we got the regular toddler bed, which we now have the same style for both kids. We started him on the matress on the floor with a rail (walmart bed rail) until he was used to it, then we transferred him up the 8-10 inches or so to his toddler bed. Kids are going to fall, you just have to be the judge of your own kid and start her at the level you think she can handle.
Theresa - posted on 01/24/2010
You could also put the baby in a bassinet for awhile so you don't have to kick the one year old out of the crib. Or the baby could use a pck n play for awhile. I have a 16 month old and am expecting another in Marhc. My little one will be 17 1/2 months. I've had a toddler bed in her room for awhile to get her used to it. She loves to sit in it to read books, but won't sleep in it. I don't want to rush her. I will keep the baby in my room in a bassinet until after it stops feeding in the night. If my daughter still ahsn't adjusted to the toddler bed then I will put baby in a pack n play. My brother ans his wife moved their 20 month old out of the crib to make room for baby before he was ready. he never would stay in his bed and still has issues with being in his own bed. he's now 8! I don't want to deal with that. And you can buy a side rail for a bed a Walmart. They just slip under the mattress. I'm sure Toys R Us has them too.
Kristie - posted on 01/24/2010
i would leave them in the crib until he or she started climbing out. trust me, you will miss those days when they dont get out of bed and pull the juice out of the fridge all over the floor haha. plus, it is much safer for them to be confined while sleeping at that age.
Angie - posted on 01/24/2010
Awww... congrats on baby #2!!! I know my daughter has wood bars on the side of her toddler bed but that's how the bed came. Try looking at Babies R Us they usually have all that kind of stuff and could probably help you :) Good luck!
Jenna - posted on 01/24/2010
yes, i dont see why you couldnt. just as long as it has the bars along the side of the bed so the baby doesnt fall off the bed if he or she rolls. My 2 in half year old has been in a toddler bed since he was 1. i have had no problems with him. the bed has bars. They also have the safety bars you can buy to put along the bed too for more safety that way the baby wont be able to even get out of the bed.
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