Toddler Beds?

Kayla - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in May and I have been looking at toddler beds for him. I want him to have a big boy bed but Im afraid if he wakes up in the middle of night he will run around the house and get into things he isnt suppose too. Im afraid we wont hear him or he will some how get hurt. How do I deal with this concern and what can I do to prevent him from getting hurt in the middle of the night and how will I be able to hear him? I would appreciate anyone who can give me any advice from personal experiences.

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Louise - posted on 02/27/2011

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My daughter is nearly 2 years 4 months and she is still in her cot/bed she has never tried to climb out so we have not felt the need to convert it yet. But saying that she is now toilet trained during the day so it seems only fair to allow her access to the toilet at night. We do however have a baby gate on her bedroom door and at the top of the stairs in case she chose to climb out in the night.



At 16 months you will have to baby proof your childs room with window locks and plug guards and put every thing out of reach. I would not bother with a toddler bed though as they are not big enough to take your child up to 5. My daughter is filling her bed and I think we will change it over to a normal size bed shortly. We already have the bed guard to stop her falling out of bed.

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2011

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both of my daughters got their cribs converted at 14 months because they were climbers. they werent very high off the bed, but they each fell once or twice, and were fine after that. because they were so young they couldnt open the door on their own, but once my oldest could she came right to our room anyways. If you are worried about falling out try finding a platform bed, it has the ledge around the mattress they can use to climb up or down and is still low to the ground. They are also a better design that could grow with your child so you dont have to replace the bed again in a few years

Sharon - posted on 02/26/2011

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Our little man (16mths) is about to go into his toddler bed as soon as hubby builds the bed (I'm 33wks pregnant so won't be helping too much hahaha). He's down the other end of the house and I am paranoid I won't hear him so we still use a monitor (video & sound), and will use it once he's in his big boy bed. We have a cat that LOVES to snuggle so his door is always kept closed. I'd be up and down all night long parnoid I couldn't hear him cry or he was getting into trouble if I didn't use the monitor. I check it about 3-4 times a night now hehehe.

Medic - posted on 02/26/2011

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We moved my son at 16 months and we didn't feel it was needed to baby gate his door. We just always told him to come get us and he actually did. He is 4.5 and still uses his toddler bed.

Bonnie - posted on 02/26/2011

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The easiest way to get over your fear is to just go ahead and switch him to a toddler bed IMO. No matter when you switch him to a big boy bed you will likely have this fear until you realise it is not a problem.

Your son will likely come to you if he wakes up before you do. This is what my boys usually do more often than not. Toddler beds are a lot lower to the ground so if he does fall off, he likely won't hurt himself. My boys use to fall off the odd time and they were fine.

Laura - posted on 02/26/2011

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My daughter went straight in a big girl bed as well. Personally, for the length of time you'll use it, a toddler bed is a waste of money. We put a child safety gate on her doorway as well until we moved to our apartment. The gate is now at the end of the hall (maybe 5 feet from her door) so if she gets really scared at night she can come in with us, My daughter has no issues getting on/off her bed. If you're worried about him rolling out, use a bed rail.

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When my little boy went into his big boy bed we put a child safety gate on his doorway to keep him from straying in the night. We didn't bother with a toddler bed, he went straight into a standard single bed. He is quite tall though so getting on and off the bed was easy for him.

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