how long should i wait before i put my girls into toddler beds???

Miranda - posted on 11/30/2008 ( 31 moms have responded )

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im thinking about putting my 2 year old girls into toddler beds, does any1 think there too young?

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Paul 'n' Shona - posted on 12/03/2008

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My 16 mth old has just figured out how to climb out of his cot so we too are in the proccess of transferring into a bed. His older sister went into one at just over 2 yrs and it was an easy transition as she was bit older and understood that she needed to stay there - I'm not sure it will be such an easy process for the next one!! If anyone has any tips on how to keep him in his bed - please let me know!!

Tarilyn - posted on 12/02/2008

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If they stay in the crib no problem, then leave them honestly leave them in a crib till you HAVE to take them out!! My daughter was climbing out of her crib at 8 months...so at 12 months we had to take her out...she slept on her crib mattress on the floor at first, then she got a twin bed, as I refused to pay money for a toddler bed, when they aren't in them that long. She loves her bed, I have bed rails on both sides, but she still also loves to get OUT of bed and play during the night! We keep her door closed though! However, if they aren't climbing out of the cribs yet, then WAIT!! Wait as long as you can!! I wish my daughter would have stayed in her crib for longer!!!

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It depends on the child. My oldest was a very restless sleeper and would get her arms or legs stuck between the wall and her crib at night. We moved her to a toddler bed when she was 2. She received the bed and new bedding for her birthday. My son was moved to a twin bed when he was only 14 months. He used the crib as a trampoline when he woke up and stripped all the screws! (my daughter used to call him Tigger because he bounced so much!) I tightened them everyday for a couple of weeks before I decided it wasn't worth the risk of the crib collapsing on him. He was placed in the bottom bunk of a "Cargo" bunkbed with a guard rail attached and he never fell out. It was like his crib, only bigger. I did place a baby gate at the entrance of the kids room so he couldn't wander around without me knowing. You might want to set up the toddler beds but leave the cribs up as well. Let the girls chose where they want to sleep. It might take them a little while to get used to the new beds.Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/30/2008

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Both my children have been in beds from about 18 months old. As soon as they were able to get up and down on their own I packed up the cot and put them in beds. Then only thing is then... they can get out on their own so it takes a bit if effort to start with to get them to stay in bed at first.

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2008

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i allso found it helped to put them in the bed for just day time nap at first so they gradaly get used to it and in cot at night then once they are used to it get rid of cot

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2008

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i put my boy in a bed before that so long as they are sleeping through the night and are not going to beup waking you then do it i just put something on the floor so if my boy fell out he had some thing soft to land on found him a few times were he was asleep on that were he had fell out of bed and not even woke up but a bed gared would work to

Shanna - posted on 11/30/2008

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My daughter, who is almost 13, was in a toddler bed at 1. She hated her crib so much she screamed when we put her in it. My son, who will be 4 in February, has been in a toddler bed since he was 2 1/2, and he has done fine. Also, I have a friend with a little girl that just turned 3 in October, and she has been in a twin-size bed for about 6-7 months, and again has done fine. Mom says she has never fallen out, and can climb in and out on her own. So, I think you're fine to go ahead.

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These replies are good. It depends on how your child develops. One good way to know is to take your children to a furniture store and let them see toddler beds. They're two so you can talk to them about it and show them 'big girl' beds. If they are interested, it's time. If they wander off - don't draw them back, let it go for another six months.

Janine - posted on 11/30/2008

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If she starts to bump her head and can’t stretch her legs there is the cue to change. ha ha. Seriously..As a mum of a prem it is the ego that outgrew the cot before the size did. My guy when he was little channeled Houdini and we realised it was dangerous to have the cot side up. As we had a cot that had solid end and and safeftly adaptable structure.We disconnected the side rails so he had the feel of a bed. We then place a plastic adjustable side that was supported with stands under the mattress. This made the graduation to a bed a gentle progression. As a sleeper who bounces around, it stopped him rolling out

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My little guy was two - but we kept the crib set up in his room as leverage - we told him that if he got out of his bed that he would have to go back into the 'baby' bed. We've been fortunate - he adjusted well.

Caitlin - posted on 11/30/2008

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Our went in around her second birthday. We just got the one with only one exposed side and even then it had guards at each side. We just always made sure we put pillow where she gets in and out. There was only one night where she ever rolled out and we walked in the next morning to find her her half in the bed half on the pillow passed out! lol.

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I won't claim to be any authority, but I think it depends on your girls. My first two were out of the crib and into the toddler bed at around a year and a half, but my youngest was a little over two. He was more restless than the other two and I was not comfortable getting him out of the crib as early as the other two. I think you just have to do what you are most comfortable with and what your inner self tells you is the right thing to do. You are the one that knows your girls the best.

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2008

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I think it depends on the kid. My daughter started hopping out of the crib at 14 months, so she got a big girl bed then ( we skipped the toddler bed and went straight to a twin though. ) My son is 13 months old and just started climbing out of his crib, so I'm sure we'll be making the move soon. However if they weren't climbing out, I'd have left them in there longer. :-)

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mine started climbing out befor two so it just depends on the child.id put a baby gate up (maybe one on top of the other if they climb the one)if they were in there own room so i didnt have to close the door)

Mae - posted on 11/30/2008

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I've been wondering the same thing. My daughter is almost 15 months, and sleeps wonderfully in her crib cant put herself to sleep on her own no prob if she wakes up in the night, and isn't trying to climb out of her crib yet.



However...in May I have twins coming! We're going to need her crib that she's in now, but that time she'll be almost 20 months old. So I was thinking at maybe 16 months trying out the toddler bed and seeing if it works, that way she can get used to it before the twins get here and HOPEFULLY bed time will still be easy with her...I hope! LOL

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when they start trying to climb out of crib they need a toddler bed.

when the walk is when i started.no there not to young at all.but b/c they can walk i would make sure they are protected if they decide to get up when your not(and make sure they cant get unwanted doors open).toddler beds are pretty safe put one side against the bed.

Harriet - posted on 11/30/2008

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hi there,
it is up to you of course, but you could wait until they start climbing out of the crib.... in case they do feel uncomfortable in the beginning, here is a tip. try to make the new bed optical smaller and cozy. the space is so much bigger, they might feel lost. Ikea sells beds that grow with the kid.... that could be nice or just use pillows and stuffed animals at the end of the bed....
my kids had no issue with their bigger beds and loved being "all big" now :-)
good luck!

Miranda - posted on 11/30/2008

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thanks guys you've all been a great help!!!! i think i will wait a bit longer because they havent started to climb out of their cots yet, and i want them to stay my little babys for now!!! thanks for your help everyone

Amanda - posted on 11/30/2008

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I think it depends on the child. My oldest was 18 months old and he did very well. My second on the other hand is a very "busy" child and needed restraining for longer. I waited until he started climbing out of his crib at about 2 years old. If they don't seem to be bothered to be in there, I wouldn't rush it. Just be prepared for them to come looking for you when they finally do make it to the toddler beds.

Stacy - posted on 11/30/2008

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My daughter is 2 and 1/2 we just started the big girl bed last night and so far so good but that was only one night!!

April - posted on 11/30/2008

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I put My little girl in a Toddler bed......when she was about 16 months......but do it when ever you feel thats right for you....good luck

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2008

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If you think it's time, it probably is. Both of mine were 18 months or less when I took them out because they were trying to get out. They both went into twin mattresses on the floor and then the mattress was moved to a bed frame when they were a little bigger.

Tiffany - posted on 11/30/2008

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my jack started climing out of his crib at 14 months so i went ahead and put him into a toddler bed. The only thing i regret was that i never let him learn how to put himself to sleep. So now when he wakes up for whatever reason in the middle of the night he climbs into my bed and finishes the night there.

Samantha - posted on 11/30/2008

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My daughter will be 2 in Dec and she's been in her toddler bed since she was 20 mos when she started climbing out of her crib and bedtime was a nightmare. She LOVES her toddler bed! Putting her to bed is a breeze. I was concered at first she was too little and that she would just get out of bed and play but she took to it wonderfully.

Laura - posted on 11/30/2008

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Double check my numbers because it's been several years since I faced the crib/bed issue, but I ""think"" it's 35 inches of height when you're supposed to take them out of the crib regardless because that's when their center of gravity becomes higher than the crib railing, greatly increasing the chance of them falling out of the crib by just leaning over the side and that's a nasty head/neck injury.



That said, I'd keep them in their cribs until they're 34 1/2 inches tall if they're happy there. Why fix something that isn't broken?



If you're really wanting to use toddler beds though, you probably ought to get them into them soon because otherwise they'll be too big to sleep in them comfortably. Would you be willing to just leave them in the cribs a bit longer and go straight to a twin bed?

Connie - posted on 11/30/2008

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Wait as long as you can. I put my first in a "big girl bed" at 2 yrs old and now almost 2 years later, I'm still having problems with her staying in her bed. I took a vow that my second (18mths) will have to climb out of her crib before she goes into a big girl bed. I have other friends that vow the same. Hope this helps, but it really depends on what works for your family.

Liz - posted on 11/30/2008

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Don't rush it!! I waited until my boys started climbing out of their cribs. I think my oldes was about 2 1/2, and then I only switched him because I had another baby. As long as they are fine in their cribs....let them be!! Good luck with your decision!

Liz - posted on 11/30/2008

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I don't think so considering that the earliest recommended age is 15-18 months old.

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