When should a child enter a toddler bed?

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Good morning, ladies. My son turned two last week, and he seems content in his crib. When he was about 16-18 months old I asked his pediatrician when he should be moved to a toddler bed, and she told me when he starts climbing out of his crib, and that he should stay in his crib as long as he cans. I guess I see what she's talking about, but I am starting to worry that he is not too old. Any and all advice I can get from this great group would be totally appreciated.
Thank you in advance!
Amanda

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Ez - posted on 10/08/2011

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There is no 'right' age. I moved my daughter into a regular single bed at 23 months. She is very tall and while she wasn't climbing out of the cot, she would stand at the side and jump (lifting herself up). I was worried she would just fly right over (yes she is that tall). However, my two nephews are her age (2yrs 8mths) and they are both still in their cots. They are a lot smaller and show no signs of wanting to climb out.

So it depends on the size and personality of your son. But I would say most people make the move between 2-3yo.

Jodi - posted on 10/08/2011

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"It's also the pediatric recommendations in my country to switch to a toddler bed at 24 months. Not sure why though."



It's probably because a lot of kids start climbing out at this age and they see so many injuries as a result, so they just have a blanket recommendation.

Carly - posted on 10/22/2011

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Mine has been in a toddler bed since around her first birthday. Her cousin is only 10 days older than her and still in a crib. Each child is different and will let you know when he'she is ready to move. We moved out of the crib ealry because she was climbing out to sleep in her sister's bed.

Karla - posted on 10/17/2011

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Our son was in crib until a little past 3. If he isn't climbing out and is feeling secure in the criin, I would wait as long as possible.

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I forgot to say that the transition was natural because my youngest was ready for the crib when we got home so my oldest daughter "gave" her crib to her sister who graduated from our bed. now they share a room and it's wonderful!

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My oldest daughter was climbing outta her crib before she was a year old so we had to come up with some creative ways to keep that from happening and we did. She LOVED her crib and didn't want a different bed (plus it kept her in her bed all night rather than the whole get up and come to our room thing). She was potty trained before she was 2 but she stayed in her crib until she was almost 3. From the time she was 33 1/2 months to 37 months she slept in the bed with me because we were traveling around Europe. When we got back at 37 months, she started sleeping in a twin bed and SHE LOVED getting her new bed! She gets up and comes to bed with my husband and I around 5am every morning and sleeps another 2-3 hours with us but it's fine because we have a family bed policy. Anyways, talk to your son and figure out when he's ready and actually wants to get a new bed - make a big deal out of it and also make sure you are ready. It opens a whole host of new issues for some kids (the ability to get up whenever they want) and that's really hard for some parents. Plenty of kids stay in cribs till about 3. I think the whole toddler bed thing is silly because it's like just another expense that isn't really necessary. My daughter would have fallen out of a toddler bed - she was ready for a bigger mattress at 3 and now she has a new twin mattress that will last a while. FYI - we got a kid's memory foam bed and it's great especially for those nights of reading to her in her bed!

Rachel - posted on 10/16/2011

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Hi Amanda, def go for it though as soon as you think you know your bub best!!! Its great that you got such a great hand me down, i just think there are so many items that you think you have to go out and buy when the time you use them really doesnt pay off :)

Amanda - posted on 10/16/2011

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Rachel (and a few others), I am only really considering a toddler bed because I was given one, and at this time, we can't afford much else! Thanks for all the great feedback though!

Rachel - posted on 10/14/2011

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Hi there i think that toddler beds are a waste of money!!! i put my little boy from crib into a king single (with safety rail of course) as i felt it would save money on a toddler bed and then even a single bed now he is a bed that will accomodate him until his teenage years..the only prob with moving them is they will get up a fair bit for the first few nights purely because they can.. but they can get out of a toddler bed anyway..i think my little guy was close to 3 years when we made the switch, hope this helps!!

Jennie - posted on 10/11/2011

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I think its ok to use the crib as long as its not interfering with how hes sleeping. I moved my twins into their beds at about 2 1/2..

Joanne - posted on 10/11/2011

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keep him there as long as he is comfortable and doesn't try to climb - my first son was over 3 yrs before he wanted to move to the big boy bed. I doubt my 2 yr old will last that long, but it is safer in the crib.

LuAnna - posted on 10/10/2011

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If your son is happy in the crib leave him until he starts climbing out or asks to be out. Put the bed in next to the crib. When he is ready he will let you know.

Jennifer - posted on 10/10/2011

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My children were climbing out of thier crib at one so for the purpose of safety we moved them out of cribs and straight into twin beds with bed rails because it was the best transition for us. If the circumstance was different and they weren't climbing out thier cribs I would have moved them out of cribs around two, before or after potty training so there wasn't too much change and adjusting going on at the same time.

Heather - posted on 10/10/2011

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Our son was in his crib until really close to his 3rd birthday, and he wasn't even climbing out of it at all. Our 2 year old daughter is still in her crib, but she hasn't climbed out yet, but she probably will soon. So it all depends on the child. If there is enough room in his bedroom, buy a toddler bed or twin bed, and place it in his room. Decorate it up with Cars or something that he really likes and put him on the bed, tell him it's his NEW big boy bed to sleep in when he is ready. When he is ready, he will do it! That's what we did with our son, and he decided one night that he wanted to sleep in his new Cars bed, and he did, and never went back!

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My son never tried climbing out but I decided to change his crib to a toddler bed when he was 18 months old. Why? I honestly don't know. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that he had gotten really good at climbing in and out of MY bed and even though he'd never tried to climb out of the crib, I could see him thinking about it. I figured I'd change the bed before he actually did try and end up hurting himself. I don't regret changing it, but something to keep in mind is that when you change it, it can make bed/nap time a little more challenging as far as keeping them in the bed. Also, I'd recommend in the begining continuing to use a monitor (if you use one) so that you still hear them get up in the morning. But basically, it's up to you. There's no set in stone rule. Whenever it feels right to you :) Best of luck Momma :)

Krystal - posted on 10/10/2011

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Our son never attempted to climb out of his crib so we kept him in it to nap and sleep overnight until his 3rd birthday. Just last night was his first night in the new toddler bed and he loves it. Slept well last night and during his normal 2 hour nap today. So excited about the new bed that he actually went to bed 45 minutes early tonight. :)

Dana - posted on 10/10/2011

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New mom worry too much. If he is not climbing out of the bed or too big for it, don't worry. He will soon outgrow it. It makes life easier for you since you can put him in bed and you can be confident that he won't get up and wonder around the house while you are asleep. I wish my son and daughter could have stayed in a crib longer. My daughter discovered the joys of climbing out of her crib before she was two and my son loved to shake the bed back and forth when he woke up and started loosening the screws so out he came at an early age also. Count your luck stars!! Good luck and just relax and have a good time with your son.

September - posted on 10/10/2011

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Our son is almost 3 and we bought him a twin bed which arrived yesterday (we're skipping the whole toddler bed thing and going right to a twin, one less transition to deal with later). I never felt the need to move him just yet since he's never climbed out of his crib and seems to enjoying sleeping in it. However with his 3rd birthday coming up on the 26th we've decided it's time to re-do his room. So to answer your question I think it really varies from child to child. I'd guess between the age of 2 and 3.

Beverly - posted on 10/10/2011

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never cosulted a doctor but once my daughter started climbing out of the crib I put her in a bed.

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2011

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Thank you so much everybody! This really helps put my mind at ease. Amy, I do worry that he will get up out of bed on those nights when he's tired but doesn't really want to go to sleep. Thanks again!

Iridescent - posted on 10/08/2011

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If they're healthy, they can move anytime you are ready for them to. My oldest was put on a mattress on the floor on his first birthday, as he'd started climbing out of the crib at 7 months but wasn't mature enough at that age to be safe out of the crib so we couldn't take him out of it at night yet. Our second was the same age, but never climbed out of his crib. Our 3rd-5th were 3.5 years when we took them out of the crib, and it hasn't gone well. We've had to go to a bed tent for two of them because they sit and wander the house all night, and since that isn't a good solution for one of them he'll be getting basically a large crib that goes up to adult soon (it was ordered yesterday) as well as our other child that's been in a regular bed.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/08/2011

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If he's happy, it doesn't matter. We moved our daughter at 21 months because I got pregnant and didn't want to be lifting her in and out of the crib. She was actually really happy to make the switch, but she'd been sleeping poorly in there for a few weeks so I guess it was just time.

Minnie - posted on 10/08/2011

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Whenever it works for you. We moved our first into a toddler bed at about 2 1/2. We ditched cribs altogether with our second and chose to go for a family bed from her birth and are still bedsharing.

Stifler's - posted on 10/08/2011

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I moved Logan at 1 because he could climb out. He still gets out but it's better than him falling from the cot onto the floor.

Charlie - posted on 10/08/2011

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Cooper was in his toddler bed by 13 - 14 months , Harry however doesnt climb so he still sleeps in his crib.

Jenni - posted on 10/08/2011

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I switched my son to a toddler bed at 2 years old. He only climbed out once before that. He jumped out to get his kool aid man jug (he wanted to sleep with).

I heard a thud and went to his room, there he was trying to climb back in with his koolaid man. :/

Anyways, we mostly made the switch then because we were moving my 3 month old into the crib. No sense in buying 2 cribs just to keep him in it a few more months.

It's also the pediatric recommendations in my country to switch to a toddler bed at 24 months. Not sure why though.

Brianna - posted on 10/08/2011

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what do u mean what sherri? i said most people make the move to the toddler bed at around there childs 2nd bday.. not sure why thats confusing..

Jodi - posted on 10/08/2011

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My daughter was very small and also never attempted to climb out of hers, so we didn't move her to a bed until she was 3 1/2 :D On the other hand, my son was a climber.......he had to be moved before he was 2.

I never had a toddler bed - I just used a regular bed with rails to stop them falling out.

Brianna - posted on 10/08/2011

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i think on average most people tend to make the move at about there child 2nd bday

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I skipped the toddler bed and went straight to a regular mattress on the floor (that way she wouldn't hurt herself falling out). She's about 22 months and just started sleeping in it this week.

The only reason we switched her when we did was because we got a killer deal on the mattress.

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I know a few kids who weren't out of the crib til 3.

My girls went to mattresses on the floor (and then toddler beds that my friend gave us) at 2 cuz they wouldn't quit climbing in and out of their cribs all day long.....

Sherri - posted on 10/08/2011

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If he is content let him be. I never switched my kids till they were almost three. It is their security and comfort, let it be. He is not to old by any stretch of the imagination.

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