Toddler bed

Ami - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old, VERY LARGE (28 lbs/34 inches). I really would like to put him into a toddler bed. He wakes now and stands up in his crib and jumps with the rail. I am terriefied that he is going to jump out of get hung on the rail and flip over it onto the floor. I have tile floors, btw.

Is he too young to have a toddler bed? And how do you prevent your child from rolling out of it onto the floor?

Thanks,

Ami

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Kate CP - posted on 04/08/2011

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Y'all realize this post is from 2009, right? So this 15 month old is at least 4, maybe 5 years old by now. So I think this issue of a toddler bed has been resolved.


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Wendy - posted on 04/08/2011

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if he is jumping over the rail, then it might be time to put him in a toddler bed. alot of toddler beds have rails that come with them or cribs convert into a toddler bed but you could put his bed up against one wall with pillows or soft blankets on the ground where you think he might roll off. Its way better that keeping him in his crib! Good luck! p.s....make the BIG boy toddler bed a BIG deal, he will like it more that way :)

Bri - posted on 04/08/2011

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Or do like I did.. when I bought my daughters crib, I git one that converts from a crib to a toddler bed with railing, to a day bed, to a full size bed. It was 300$ and if we take care of it, it will last many years. A very smart investment.

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I find them to be a waste of money. Why not just get a twin bed right off the bat? You can get a sheild to prevent him from falling out of the bed.

Bri - posted on 04/08/2011

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not too young. my daughter transitioned to a toddler bed easily.. we're military, so we live away from our families (they're only a couple hours away though) so when we visit, both mine & my husbands parents had toddler beds in their home for my daughter to sleep in while we're in town.. she's been sleeping in those toddler beds since she was probably 6 months old, only when we're there though, & in her crib when we're home. so when she was about 15 months, we changed her crib to a toddler bed. we knew she would be ready, because she'd been doing it for so long already anyways. & she LOVES IT! if he doesn't like it at first, or doesn't sleep well in it, he'll get used to it. he'll really enjoy being able to get himself out of bed in the morning.

Gale - posted on 09/19/2009

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You can purchase side rails for toddler beds. My daughter never rolled out of bed and she was a clock in bed.

Karen - posted on 09/19/2009

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Definately, go for it, My little one was 14mnths when he went into a toddler bed and we used a bed rail, he has never fallen out and really loves his bed, you can put some cushions on the floor next to his bed if your worried, good luck

Emma Louise - posted on 09/18/2009

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when i put my son in a bed i put his cot mattress on the floor at the side of the bed and a pillow in bed at the side of him, i have also put a stair gate on his bedroom door just in case he wakes in the night and heads for the stairs

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My son was 15 months when we started with a toddler bed. I bought a race car bed at a consignment shop and he wanted in it right then. So, we started with naps and I explained to him that he had to stay in the bed or else he would go back to the baby crib. When the naps were successful we put up bed rails on the sides of the race car bed (we used a twin mattress, but it should work with a toddler mattress) and let him sleep in it. We also put an extra pillow at the end so he wouldn't roll off the front of the car bed. Hope this helps.

Cari - posted on 09/17/2009

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replying to the getting out of bed at night-we put a child gate on the outside of the door so that when the door got opened, he still couldn't get out. Our son would get up and leave the room without us knowing, so the gate worked great!

Cari - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son was 17 months when we finally decided to get him a bed. We finally decided because he kept climbing outof his crib. We have hard wood floors, and I decided I would rather have him fall a foot onto pillows and blankets then 4 or so feet on nothing. We got him the "Cars" bed which is only about a foot off the ground, and has somewhat of railings. Goodluck, I'm sure he'll be fine!

Kim - posted on 09/17/2009

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Ami, I bought my daughter a twin bed instead of a toddler bed so I would not have to change it again a year later when she outgrew it. I ordered some rails from target that slipped under the mattress that prevented her from falling out. I kept them in until she was asking me to remove them. It worked great.

Kasha - posted on 09/17/2009

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i put my little man in his first toddler bed when he turned 6 months old. i got my 2 year old one, she was 1 at the time and he got really jelouse and started climbing in her bed to take naps through out the day. i got him one and he was really good, never fell out and slept alot better. i just got them both new ones with sponge bob on them both and now they switch beds all the time...lol. good luck and if you tink his is ready, then he most likley is. go with your heart.



smooches,



Kash!

Kimberly - posted on 09/17/2009

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If you aren't sure of how the toddler bed is going to work out and don't want to buy him a bed to find out he will not sleep in it you can always just take the side of the crib rail off. My friend did this with her son. His crib wasn't a convertible one but she just put it on the lowest setting and took the side rail off, it worked great and she realised that he just wasn't ready to stay in bed!

Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2009

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I put my son in a twin bed with a railing for his first birthday, he has never had a problem, getting in our out. He has never been hurt.

Kylie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have a cot that converts into a bed. However, I needed that for my second baby. When my second was old enough to be moved from the cradle into the cot, I took my oldest son (the almost 3) shopping for a bed. I had seen a nice pirate ship bed that I thought he would like, as he loves boats, but when we went to the warehouse, he loved the car beds. He picked out a jeep car (as he calls it) as it had a steering wheel on it. I liked it as it was low to the ground and has barriers on either side so he can't roll out of bed, but also has a gap where the doors wouldbe so he can climb in and out himself. He occasionally gets up during the night, but just to go to the toilet or to come into our room. We just let him snuggle for a few minutes, then take him back to his own room.
Hope this helps.

Nancy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I put both of my daughters in a full/twin sized bed by the time they were 18 months. I simply pushed the bed against the wall and purchased a bed-rail for the other side.
If you child is going to fall out of the bed, they are going to fall. The best thing for you to do is to have them as low to the ground as possible.

Amanda - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi, our daughter Isabella just turned 1 and I've been thinking about a bed for her so it was great to see this post. Regarding the door, I asked my partner to put a screen door on our daughters door on the outside of the normal door, with a handle at eye height so that no little hands can get to it! This way our daughter can't get out, the cat and any visiting toddlers or young children cant get in. We live in Qld so its good for air ventilation as well, we can leave the normal door open and the screen door shut.

Ashley - posted on 09/17/2009

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When my oldest daughter was about that age, we got a mattress and put it on the floor, she loved her "big" girl bed and if she fell out of it, it was only 6 inches to the floor. We actually did that for both her and her sister. Her sister still sleeps on the mattress on the floor (we have an ikea reversible bed that is set up so that her sister has the top bunk.

Kristin - posted on 09/17/2009

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If I were you I would SKIP the toddler bed and go straight to a regular TWIN. I've got three kids and I wish that I hadn't bought our toddler bed - a complete waste of money - why? Because at bedtime when you are trying to teach your little one to stay in bed, or in the middle of the night when they cry out - where are you? Stuck on the floor - uncomfortable - breaking your back - leaning over to comfort them. Get a TWIN, put it against one wall and buy a guard rail or put a big pillow on the floor beside the bed to cushion a fall - or better yet - just put the mattress on the floor for a while. When you are tired you will be so glad to just snuggle into your child's TWIN bed when they need you. The toddler bed is only good for a short amount of time anyway - don't bother. And 15 months is a good time to move him over if he's a climber - when I was his age I jumped out of my crib and broke my collar bone!

Wendy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I just moved my 20 month old to a toddler bed. It's been 1 1/2 weeks now and he is doing fine. If it doesn't have side rails, get one. Put it against the wall on one side. You will be surprised at how they learn to stay in it without rolling out. Good luck

Leigh-ann - posted on 09/17/2009

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When my daughter was 17 months, we moved her to a toddler bed (our son was due in two months, and I didn't want him to be the reason she was loosing her bed). We have hardwood floors, but more than that, I was worried that she would get out of bed on her own all night long. We got a thick area rug for next to her bed and just jumped in. She had no problems at all! She stayed in bed all night long, and in all the time she's spent in it (she's almost 3) she has fallen out once. She wasn't hurt at all, and had no fear getting back in.

Ami - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Temitope:




i think he is too young. i supervised  my child from falling so i think that is what you should do everytime to prevent falling okay take care.





Thanks! But that really just will not work for me. I glad that you were successful in your approach!

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Quoting Kimberly:

I was reading some of the other replies, and I would NOT put a pillow on the floor. If he is sleeping hard and falls face down into the pillow, he'll suffocate. It has been known to happen and I would not take that chance. Either a semi-soft mat or something he can't sink too far into would be better.



 



Personally I think if you feel your child is old enough to go into a toddler bed then they are also able to move themselves out of a pillow if need be. The advice I have been given is to place the toddler bed mattress on the floor until they get use to it and then put it back on the bed with a guard rail. Also to add, my twin 22 month olds could never climb out of their cots as the base is so low.... perhaps the something to consider when purchasing a cot



 





 

Temitope - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Ami:

Toddler bed

My son is 15 months old, VERY LARGE (28 lbs/34 inches). I really would like to put him into a toddler bed. He wakes now and stands up in his crib and jumps with the rail. I am terriefied that he is going to jump out of get hung on the rail and flip over it onto the floor. I have tile floors, btw.

Is he too young to have a toddler bed? And how do you prevent your child from rolling out of it onto the floor?

Thanks,

Ami



i think he is too young. i supervised  my child from falling so i think that is what you should do everytime to prevent falling okay take care.

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I have a friend with a precious toddler who can crawl out of his crib if allowed. They bought him a mesh "tent" that covers the top of the crib, and thus he cant get out on his own. It might be cheaper than a bed, and less traumatic. I've heard that it's best to hold off on the toddler bed until they actually ask for it.

Ami - posted on 09/17/2009

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Thanks to all of the mothers. Very awesome advise, I was nervous that no one would reply! U guys are great!

As for the door knob covers, that will not work with my doors, I have those decorative, curved handles.... in retrospect, that was not a good idea.

As for the baby gate, I used to have those until he discovered how to remove them. Then i ended up getting rid of all of them bc they were useless.

I was going to get him that little tikes twin sports car bed, but now, I thing that my husband is going to build him a bed just like ours, but a mini version. I have a massive platform bed, that has platforms on the sides of the mattress and appears to be floating. My sons version is going to have rounded platforms, so that there are not any corners, and will not be floating. This way the actual top of his mattress will only be about 8 inches off of the floor. Then i can just put those little mesh holders around his mattress to keep him from rolling out.

Ami - posted on 09/17/2009

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dang, that was a good idea until i just called my husband.... =( he said that you can open ours by pushing up or down. MAN!

Marie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Move the door handles to an upright position. they can't open them. and have stair gates closed on the stairs..it works for us. Good Luck!

Marie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Our little boy we have just placed into a matress on the floor. He end up sleeping all round his room :O). They wake up when they get cold and get back into the bed after a few times.. Found him fast asleep in his soft toys last night at 11pm, my husband went in a bit later and he was back in his bed again. Jiust make sure you put blankets round the bed if you have tiled floors and cushions till they get used to the change. Good Luck!!

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Yona - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Ami, if you're worried that he's not quite ready for the toddler bed but outgrown the crib (as in my case), you can just set up a mattress on the floor for a while. Mine wouldn't even wake up when he rolled off because it was just a few inches to the ground. After a little while, he was ready for the bed, and he loves it! Good luck.

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I was reading some of the other replies, and I would NOT put a pillow on the floor. If he is sleeping hard and falls face down into the pillow, he'll suffocate. It has been known to happen and I would not take that chance. Either a semi-soft mat or something he can't sink too far into would be better.

Mandy - posted on 09/16/2009

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Ok well I had no problem doin the toddler bed thing for both of my kids at about that age one was 18 months and the other was like 14 months, but my sister in law tried it and wound up with a toddler in her bed every night or one wandering the house so she actually put him back in the crib with a crib tent, he thinks its cook like a fort and he cant get out or fall out.... so thats another option

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Some really good advice from the other moms! My son's crib is the 4 in 1 (crib, transitional/toddler bed with rails, day bed and then the ends become headboard and foot board for a twin bed). I put him in the toddler bed when he was 18 months because, like you, I was worried that he would try and climb out. Better for him to fall a foot and a half than to fall 4 feet! He had no issues. If your crib is also convertible, the beauty is that if you change it and it doesn't work out, you can always change it back but you never know unless you try. Also, along with using the baby gate at the bedroom door like another mom suggested, here's what I did. I put a door knob safety cover on the INSIDE of his door because we sleep with the doors closed. I have cats and don't allow them in the bedrooms because of fur issues so the baby gate thing wasn't an option for me. I was also worried about him getting out and about in the house while we were sleeping and voila....the door knob covers still work to this day and he's 23 months now. Good luck Momma! And let us know how it goes!

Michelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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Not sure if this helps, but my toddler is 22 months and is still in a crib. We were advised by others that until they're getting out-leave them in the crib. He's never tried to crawl out and seems to really love his bed. His baby brother is 3 months old and the pedi said that it could be too big of a change for him, so he's still in his crib. We'll move him when the time is right.

Heather - posted on 09/15/2009

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You could also do what my aunt did for my cousin. She just put a twin mattress on the floor and laid pillows around it. if he rolled off the bed it was a gradual roll to the floor. But he was much younger too. about 10 months at the time. But baby sister needed the crib. But you can get the toddler bed too and put one side against the wall and a mat or pillow on the floor. My son used to prefer sleeping on the floor anyways. So when he was that age thats where he slept. on a a mat on the floor.

Cherie - posted on 09/15/2009

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You can put a baby gate up in your doorway that way he can't get out of the room even if he opens the door. My daughter likes to roam, but she can't get very far! I hope that helps!

Julie - posted on 09/15/2009

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you just need to get a bed rail and he will be fine! there's no specific age for toddler bedswhen they are ready they are ready!

Ami - posted on 09/15/2009

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THANKS EVERYONE!!! You have been very helpful and eased my mind. I am going to go ahead and get a bed.

Do your children get out of their beds at nite? And how do you keep them from roaming around the house? I would close the door, but he can open those. Opinions?

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2009

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I put my daughter in a toddler bed when she turned 1. He is going to get hurt worse crawling out of the crib then falling out of a toddler bed, but the toddler beds have rails that help keep them in.

Ami - posted on 09/14/2009

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Thanks, that does ease my mind alot. I've started looking at one of those little car beds. The sides seem to be higher and it is lower to the ground. I feel better knowing that there are other people out there with children this age also in this type of bed.

Ashley - posted on 09/14/2009

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my son is 16 months and in a toddler bed. he was about 15 months when we first put him in. he loves his bed. when he's really tired he'll go in his room, climb on his bed and go to sleep. you can buy little gate type things for the side of the beds to prevent them from falling out. his bed came with the gates on the side but they dont go all the way across and he does fall out the odd time. we just have one side against the wall and on the other side we have a mat so if he does fall out he doesnt hit the floor. half the time when he does fall out he doesnt even wake up, he just sleeps on the mat. we had to do it early because i have a 2 month old who will be in the crib soon and i wasnt about to go out and buy another crib. i would say he's old enough to be in a toddler bed. good luck and i hope i've helped a bit

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