Dove - posted on 10/16/2014
Any age you want. Toddler beds aren't ever needed. Just make sure if she moves a lot in her sleep and tends to fall out of bed that she has a soft landing (pillows on the floor work well). Technically you don't even NEED that. My kids have all fallen out of bed and been just fine.
Chet - posted on 10/16/2014
I'd say that a child should be able to climb in and out of the bed they sleep in.
Our girls were in toddler beds (longish ones, but still as narrow as a crib and only eight inches off the floor) until they were 7.5 and 9. Our boys are 5 and 6.5 and using the same toddler beds now. We know other families who've also used IKEA toddler beds with school aged children. They leave a lot of space in the room to play, and the mattresses fit in the washing machine.
On the other hand, I moved into a regular twin bed before I turned one. I was an accomplished climber!
Some families also skip the bed at first, and start with a twin mattress on the floor. They add the actual bed frame once the child is better able to climb in and out. If you think you need a bed rail I'd consider starting with just the mattress.
Sarah - posted on 10/16/2014
What ever age the parents decide to switch her. All my kids went straight from the crib to a twin bed I never used toddler beds. To me they are a waste of money. When my kids were ready to move into a big bed then we just got a twin bed and put the safety side rail on the side of the bed that was not against the wall.
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