next step after crib, toddler bed or twin what do you think is best?
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Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010
My kids went straight to a twin bed. I didn't bother with the rails either. I just put a few pillows on the floor beside the bed in case they fell off. They fell a few times but soon figured out how to sleep without falling.
Emma - posted on 01/26/2010
We put my stepdaughter in a twin bed with rails, worked fine for us. She was 20 months old at that time. Also what I did, for her comfort as well, I put some extra pillows at the foot of the bed (she moved alot) and then we all felt a little better.
Christina - posted on 01/26/2010
Yeah, might as well. It'd save you money in the long run. You might consider not using the frame just yet, but just the mattress and box spring so the bed is still low. That paired with bedrails is just as safe as a toddler bed.
Claire - posted on 01/26/2010
We used toddler beds because they were pretty much free and we didn't have to buy anything. Our friends, however, put their daughter straight into a twin daybed and had to put a rail and the crib bumpers up because she rolled and the slats in the bed were not well spaced for a kid so she could get stuck.
Whatever you end up doing, remember it's your kid and you know her best. If you think she's going to roll, get a rail and/or leave the matress on the floor for a while.
Danielle - posted on 01/26/2010
I saw a princess toddler bed, table and chairs and a toy box for on $70 (AU) so that made my mind up,lol...i also put her in the toddler bed when she was just over 15 months old cause she got her leg stuck in the cot bars...if i had of left her in the cot for longer then i may have just waited till she was old enough for a proper bed. But my daughter will prob b in he toddler bed till she is about 3yo and then she will b in a big girl bed without rails i think...only becuase ever night i go and check on her and she is upside down on the bed so the rails arent even doing anything,lol....but i love the toddler bed now cause she can get in and out of it easier and IF she did fall its not that far to the ground,lol..and her bedroom looks fantastic with it....i LOVE how i did her room :)...
But its totally up to you, i dont think it really matters, its more of a personal decision..good luck...and going straight to a big bed will save money.
Tiffany - posted on 01/26/2010
We did a toddler bed just to give my son the chance to adjust to being out of the crib. Its a plus too that the toddler beds are smaller and lower to the ground which is helpful when you are little ;) I just thought of it like how scary would it be for him to go from a small crib to a large twin bed. A toddler bed still uses a crib mattress and is the same size as a crib its just a "big boy bed" with a more open concept. Something to think about! :) We are getting ready to have to move up to a twin size bed now because my 2 yr old (almost 3) is so big he isn't really fitting into his toddler bed anymore but he grows so fast. He is already the same size as my 5 yr old and my 5 yr old is a bit small for his age so they are both about the size of an average 4 yr old. LOL. So i guess you might also want to look at how fast he/she is growing... kinda slow or really fast. Which is more cost efficient (if that's an issue i don't know) would it be worth it to buy the toddler bed and change it out quickly or would she probably be in it for a long time? My 5 yr old was in his till he was 4.5. So about 3.5 yrs cause we put him in one when he was only 1. However i put my 2 yr old in the toddler bed when he was 1.5 and now at almost 3 he is already having to move up. Just some ideas to look at. Hope this helps !
Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010
i dont think it really matters a bed is a bed no matter the size, but definetly put the rails up until they aren't all over the place. LOL. I'll probably get a twin for my son when he his of age , i figure they will grow out of a toddler bed so quickly whats the point.
Lynda - posted on 01/26/2010
It depends on the child I think. I put all 3 of my kids in a toddler bed, but I think that if you have to go and buy a new bed and you dont have the crib that turns into a toddler bed, then you dont need to spend the money. If it has rails and they dont move around a lot, I think that it would be fine. a twin bed is higher off the floor so keep that in mind too. You know what your childs limits are.
Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010
I put my daughter in a twin day bed after the crib. She was in a crib til 2 maybe a few months longer. She didn't roll off the bed, but if you just want to get a twin and worried about rolling off, get a day bed and buy a bed railing for the open side.
Marlene - posted on 01/26/2010
As long as u put the bed rails its fine my son was two when he started sleeping in a twin bed. We did try the toddler bed but he move around to much that one time we found him under the bed lol thats when we decided to try the twin bed with the rail and it work much better.
Amy - posted on 01/26/2010
I suggest moving straight to the twin bed. Simply because if you don't have a toddler bed already, it's more money in the long run to purchase the toddler bed, then a twin plus the mattress. I moved my daughter into a twin bed when she was very young, 3 or 4 years old. She did not roll much by then so I didn't have an issue with using rails. We currently have a twin size mattress on the floor for my 4 year old son. I fear he would roll so this works out well for now.
Mindy - posted on 01/26/2010
I would put them in a toddler bed first unless you just want her in a twin but as long as you use the rails its fine., My son was in a twin when he was 3 and he used the rails and was fine. Now i took the rails off when he turned 4 and he would fall out of bed so i had to put them back on there but he is almost 5 now and he doesnt use the rails anymore.
Kate CP - posted on 01/26/2010
Well, I put my daughter into a toddler bed cause her crib converted into one. But when she outgrew her toddler bed I just put a mattress on the floor and that's where she sleeps now. I don't have to worry about her rolling out of bed and falling on the floor, that's for sure! And boy does that girl wiggle when she sleeps! Anyway, I think a twin bed with rails would be a good idea just because that way you don't have to buy ANOTHER bed when your kiddo outgrows to toddler bed. Good luck! :)