Elizabeth - posted on 03/18/2011
We never did the toddler bed thing for our girls..I personally think it is a waste of money. At 18 months our daughters were in a big girl bed with rails on the sides. By age 2 1/2 the rails were removed to have a completely big girl bed.
The rails can be purchased super affordably ..$10 - $40 depending on what you choose.
Renae - posted on 03/18/2011
Most toddlers move into a bed between 2 and 2.5 years. I believe kidsafe recommends 2.5 years. Generally its best to do it as soon as they are old enough not to fall out, which in my experience is around 20 months (though still but up a barrier and cushions on the floor for the first few months). Kids who go into a bed later tend to get out more and end up with bedtime struggles. Younger ones tend not to bother getting out, they dont seem to realise its an option. A toddler bed is optional, bit like a bassinet vs a cot, you can if you want to but there is no reason not to go straight to a single bed. I bought a toddler bed that has 3 sizes, it extends from a toddler bed, to child size and then to full size.
Louise - posted on 03/17/2011
I bought a cot bed and my daughter is 28 months and getting to big for that. I really would not bother with a toddler bed just go straight for a single bed that will last him several years. Both my sons went from cot to standard size bed at about 18 months but my daughter has had a years more use out of her cot/bed which is supposed to take her up to the age of 6. I think it is already getting to small and I am on the look out for a single bed with storage to move her into. These junior beds are expensive and they are not in them long. You also have to buy special sized sheets for junior beds which is of no use when you move up to a standard single in a couple of years time. Just a few things to consider!
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