What age is a good age to switch my son from the crib to a toddler bed?

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Sarah - posted on 09/21/2010

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Thanks everyone. He hasn't shown any signs of climbing out. He will stand but that it. Our crib converts to a toddler and a full size. I'm just afraid jumping straight to a full size is going to be a little much. I'm sure he will get in and out of the bed at first.

Jacqueline - posted on 09/21/2010

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We are in the process now. I found my daughter trying to climb out last week and she is 12 1/2 months. I found a great little toddler bed with mattress at a garage sale for 20 bucks. She is napping in the toddler bed and nights in her crib to ease the process. Soon she will be in her big girl bed full time. The reason I chose a toddler bed instead of a twin was that it it similar in size to her crib and still lower to the ground than a twin if she tries to get out.

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When my daughter was 15 months old, we took her crib mattress out of the crib & put it on the floor. She rolls around in her sleep & would whack her head so hard on the crib slats she would wake herself up in the middle of the night. We figured it was safer with how much she moves in her sleep to put the mattress on the floor instead of converting the crib to a toddler bed. At 18 mos, we upgraded her to a twin mattress & now at 27 months she has a regular full size bed in her room. We have a feeling we'll be doing the same with her 5 month old brother, who rolls in his sleep & tries to crawl in his sleep as well.

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son is 20months old and still in his crib. Maybe a little after his 2nd bday I'll move him into a big boy bed. Also, I'm moving him from his crib straight to a twin bed. I honestly dnt see the point in spending the money on a toddler bed when we have an extra bed (I will have bedrails up so he won't fall off!) Good luck!

Angie - posted on 09/21/2010

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When he begins to climb out of his crib. My children were all under a year old when they were able to do this so, for safety sake, we moved them to a big bed. We skipped the entire toddler bed thing because it seemed like a hastle. Since we were worried about safety, we put the twin mattress on the floor until we were sure they wouldn't fall off.

Sarah - posted on 09/21/2010

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I'm wondering about this with my son too. He is only 12 months old, so it won't be for awhile. A friend of mine switched her son to a toddler bed at around 15 or 16 months & he is doing great with it. I'm think I might switch my son at around 18 months or so.

Candi - posted on 09/21/2010

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I switched my son at 15 months b/c I was less than a month away from giving birth to his sister and she needed the crib. lol. Little did I know, she would never sleep in it. She went straight from an Arm's Reach that hooked to my bed to a full sized bed at 7 months old. My son enjoyed his crib b/c it was HIS and nobody else could use it. He never tried to climb out of it or anything. MY daughter was the complete opposite...refused the crib and from the time she could walk (at 8 mos) she was a climber. She could climb out of her playpen in a split second. As soon as I had my back turned she would climb on top of the refrigerator, shelves, anywhere she was NOT supposed to be!

Sarah - posted on 09/21/2010

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even tho I have a little time. I am 7 weeks preg now. He is 15 months. I don't feel like he is ready yet, but I would like him in a toddler bed by the time the baby comes. I don't want to be adjusting him to a new bed/room and adjusting him to another baby in the house all at the same time.

Candi - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son went to a toddler bed t 15 months. He loved it! He felt like such a big kid!

Connie - posted on 09/21/2010

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When he starts trying to escape from his crib, or when you begin potty training. The first because of safety issues and the second because he will need to get out of bed if he needs to potty. good luck and God bless!

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