how old till my baby can be moved to a toddler bed?

Cortney - posted on 12/24/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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her is almost 14 months and i want to know if it is too young to move him to a toddler bed

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Sarh - posted on 12/26/2010

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I was in a toddler bed at I believe 10 months...? I climbed out of my crib for my bottle and my mom said that was it!
My daughter was in her crib until about 12-13 months old. I say go for it! Maybe leave up the crib and give him a choice...? Or you can also leave up the crib incase the toddler bed turns into a horror movie! haha.

Danielle - posted on 01/05/2011

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We moved our son to a toddler bed when he was 19 months old. But only because his crib was recalled. He had never attempted to climb out before. He had one rough nap time where I had to lay with him until he fell asleep, but that was it.

Karly - posted on 01/02/2011

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My no. 1 son was in a toddler bed full-time by 19 months as my no. 2 son (5 months) needed the cot. If we hadn't needed the cot no. 1 would probably still be in it as was a lot of hard work getting him to sleep and keeping him in bed (with falling out and getting out himself). He still gets up at 5am every morning and we have to get up, put him back and wait until he is asleep again before we can go back to bed. We also have to do that every night. My advice - make sure you're ready for what's involved before moving him to a bed.

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Melony - posted on 01/05/2011

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I moved my oldest to a toddler bed at about 18 months just because he was getting brother and wanted him to be a big boy and i had c section and could not get in and out of his baby bed. But my baby is now 2 and we tried it but he will not stay in the toddler bed so i put him back in the baby bed i hope just for a month or so.

Amber - posted on 01/03/2011

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My sister moved all three of her boys to toddler or normal beds around 1 year old, her youngest wast only 11 months and she didn't have any trouble at all. My g/g twins are 18 months and I really want to move them, but since they share a room I am worried about the mischief they may get into (or that they might hurt each other!). Recently I read that once they are 35 in. tall it is not safe for them to be in cribs. It appears that there isn't a right or wrong answer, but as another mom pointed out, it seems like those who do it younger have more success with the transition. I think I might have already missed my window as my girls are starting to assert their independence more and more every day : ) Good Luck!

Lindsey - posted on 01/02/2011

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my daughter is 2..and still in a toddler bed..i decided as soon as i mastered potty training i would put her in a toddler bed so she could get up if she had to go at night but i don't want to rush into the hassle and the fight to keep them in their bed...

Lizelle - posted on 01/01/2011

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my son has been sleeping in toddler bed since he was about a year old. he is now 2.5 years old and we haven't looked back. my friend's daughter is a month older and still in a crib (she can climb out if she wants to, but is generally quite happy in her crib). all depends on the child. if he seems ready the give it a try.

Ashley - posted on 12/31/2010

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i had my son in a convertible crib that transformed into a toddler bed. when my son was about 15 months or so he climbed out of his crib and broke his arm. so right there that night we transformed his bed lol. i dont think its too early. i think the sooner the better so they get used to it. cuz the older the children are somethings are harder for them to get used to. i plan on doing the same to my daughters crib as soon as she can climb out.

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When my son was about 13 months we replaced his double drop-side crib because of the safety issues we had been hearing about. We had attempted to put him in a racecar toddler bed first but he hated it! So we decided to stick to a crib. We bought a convertable one and ended up setting it up as a toddler day bed right off the bat he loved it and slept in it the first night! He was so attached to his crib that the racecar bed was too much change but the convo crib still felt familiar to him. Anyways he is now 17 months and has been doing great in his big boy bed. I say if he understands the boundaries then he is ready. Just make sure you put a cushion next to it in case he falls out while getting adjusted. It has worked out great because he is getting a baby brother any day now... we will use the convo crib for the new baby and my oldest will be switched to a regular toddler bed.

Jessica - posted on 12/31/2010

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Ok, I feel like I'm the odd ball, but I didn't move my daughter from the crib to a bed until she was 3... lol. She had only climbed out a handful of times and really liked her crib. It wasn't until my son was born and ready to use the crib that we moved her. At three we let her pick out her own sheets and bedding that she wanted for her big girl bed. It was an easy switch. My inlaws thought that we were nuts for not switching her when she was younger, but I guess if it's not broken, why fix it lol.

Heather - posted on 12/31/2010

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I wanted to keep my daughter in her crib until she was close to two, but at 14 months she started trying to climb out. When I walked into her room one morning and had to run and catch her from falling I decided it was time for a toddler bed. If he is content in his crib I would say keep him there a little bit longer. Once in a toddler bed he will figure out he can climb out of bed and unless you put a gate at his door he could get into mischief.

Nikki - posted on 12/31/2010

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I think it all depends on how advanced your son is. Personally I think you should wait. I put my daughter in her toddler bed a month before she turned 2.

Kate - posted on 12/30/2010

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My son just turned 2 when we moved him, we kept the crib in his room to help slow the transition. He did fine, however it was hard to keep him in the bed most nights. In the morning we'd find him laying on the floor.

Shannon - posted on 12/30/2010

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i think i moved my oldest to a toddler bed around 18 months. may have been closer to 2 years for my son. they were starting to get to tall for the crib and they were potty training. so "big kids use the potty, big kids need to be able to get out of bed by themselves to use the potty." i would set the potty in their rooms at night so if they did get up in the mornings (or night) to pee i didnt have to worry.

Brianna - posted on 12/30/2010

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my daughter is 13 1/2 months old and have a baby on the way they will be 21months apart. i plan on making the switch to a twin mattress on the floor by the time shes 18 months but i will be putting a babygate in her doorway so she cant leave her room at night. it seems to be that from all the posts ive ever read on this subject that the people that make the switch at 18 months or younger have more success than people that do it 19months to 2 1/2 years

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2010

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That's up to you. Also just remember when they figure out that they can get out of bed easier and when they want to it will be harder to keep them in bed. I'm keeping my son in his crib until he starts lifting his leg over his rail. Each parent and kid are differnet. If your ready to tackle this new area go for it! Btw I also have a 5 year old. I still can't get her to stay in bed the whole night!

Danielle - posted on 12/29/2010

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Is he a climber? My son was about that age when he tried to climb out of his crib for the first time during nap time. The moment we heard the crash daddy was in the room comforting him while I was on the phone looking into toddler beds. He was in his new bed that night and didn't seem to take it too bad.

Alicia - posted on 12/29/2010

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My son is 20 months and climbs out of bed to sleep with his brother. He is getting a new bed next month.

Amber - posted on 12/29/2010

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We moved our oldest to one at 13 months, but our 2nd is not moved yet and she is almost 2. she would have been if we lived in a different house. they sleep upstairs and I want to make sure she is good with them before moving her.
If their ready for it, and you are to. Then do it. The first night went find, it was the 3rd night when she found out that she could get out of it. then it was a week of putting her back in bed again and again.

Quita - posted on 12/29/2010

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You really should go by the weight and height of the child. But I moved my daughter at 18 months.

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2010

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The rule in our house has been if they are almost able to climb out of the crib, it's time to get a real bed (before the giant leap). If they show signs of wanting/needing a bed before that, great, go for it!

Rochell - posted on 12/29/2010

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hey not that not young just start with tranation like let him sleep in a bed for sleep in the day and but him in the cot at night for a few weeks that way he will get use to it. i did that with my son and it only tock him a few weeks to get use to his bed. i hope that will help you out

Stacy-ann - posted on 12/29/2010

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my daughter was 13 months when i moved her in a toddler bed i just made sure she could climb in and out of it ok and left some thin on the floor just incase she fell out which she has never dun!!

Christina - posted on 12/29/2010

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as soon as my middle son could walk he was climbing out of his crib. i was afraid that he might hurt himself, so at 10 months we went to a toddler bed. now he is 3 and he shares a bunk with his 5 yr old brother. he could get out of bed without me hearing, so i had to make sure the house was super child proof

Samantha - posted on 12/29/2010

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I know this is a bit uncouth, but my daughter was in a twin size bed with a bed rail at 7 months. From the day she was born, she would NOT sleep in a crib. She would be sound asleep and the minute we set her in a crib, the screaming started. She always slept very well in my bed or even a bed on her own, she hated feeling confined. We have not once had an issue with her climbing out or even falling out of bed. I say if your little one is climbing out of the crib it is time for a bed!

Autumn - posted on 12/29/2010

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My son was 13 months old when we moved him to a toddler bed. He grew up in an Amby Natures Nest and though he loved it and we loved him in it, he got too big for it. So instead of buying a crib we went right for the bed. He did beautifully in it and still does. He does have a tendency of wandering out of bed so we had to make sure his room was safe, but he also puts himself right back into it as well. I put him down for the night and rarely have to go in and help put him back to bed. hes now 17 months old, and its a decision that I am happy that we made.

Maggie - posted on 12/29/2010

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i moved my son from his amby hammock to a toddler bed at 8 months old. we have the little tykes race car toddler bed and i placed a plywood piece in the bottom and had a mattress custom made so it sat down slightly and fit super snug around the edges. this eliminated concerns for falls and suffocation.
all that said ... if you aren't sure your daughter is ready for a bed, start with a mattress on the floor :)

Davina - posted on 12/28/2010

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I moved mine to a toddler bed when he started climbing in my boyfriends daughter's toddler bed when we didn't have her so put his or her crib mattress in a bed like a race car bed from little tykes something plastic and try it out and see how they do and if they do really good and stay in the bed then they are ready to be moved to a toddler bed but 14 months really isn't to early to move to a toddler bed in my opinion

Ayunnah - posted on 12/28/2010

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I just switched my 2 1/2 yr old to a toddler bed (without success). My little sister was in her crib till she was 3 yrs old.

Chelsea - posted on 12/28/2010

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we made the move between 14-15 months and i couldnt be happier my dd is 21 months now and we havent had any problems getting her to stay in bed, good luck

Jayde - posted on 12/28/2010

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A quick question to anyone, how can they climb out of a cot?? My daughter is 20months & there is no way she'd be able to get out..

Nicole - posted on 12/28/2010

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I put my oldest daughter in a todler bed when she was almost 2 when she started climbing in and out of the crib but my youngest is 15 months and pefers to sleep in a normal bed compared to her crib, she usually ends up in my bed because I don't have the money to get her a toddler bed yet but as soon as I get the money she will be in a toddler bed!

Amy - posted on 12/28/2010

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Mu daughter moved at somewhere around 16/18 months. Can't remember for sure. She did fine. We didn't have money for a toddler bed and we already had a spare bed in another room, so we just pushed it against the wall and bought a side catch. She did just fine. I haven't switched my 20 month old son yet simply because we can't afford another bed right now.

Ashley - posted on 12/28/2010

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like others have said if you think he is ready then he probly is .. my Oldest was about 14 months (maybe a couple weeks older) when she was moved to a toddler bed .. she was ready for the bed since she wouldnt sleep in a crib at all but she still had problems sleeping so most of the time we had her in our bed.. she now has a big kids bed (twin bed) and she sleeps in it almost all night every night better then how it was before lol and she is now 3 yrs old... our youngest on the other hand isnt ready yet (she rolls alot) so she is still in the crib she is 19 months old(lol so if u do the math the oldest was really kicked from the crib for the new baby to go in it but she was ready anyways)

Jackie - posted on 12/27/2010

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Theres tons of recomendations out there from doctors and blah blah blah but each child is different. My best friend is pregnant and just bought a new crib. In the assembly instructions it says to use the crib until they're 2 but by about 18 months my son was climbing out of his crib. Thats when I put the crib rail in storage and added the toddler bed rail. In my opinion I'd say that whenever they start to crawl out of the crib its definatley time. One suggestion though (take it or leave it) is that after using the toddler bed place a body pillow at the edge of the bed on the floor just incase they fall so they arent landing on the hard floor and hurting themselves. Just until they get use to the openness of the bed then take them away. Kids will naturally know when theyre too close to the edge just like we do now.

Brook - posted on 12/27/2010

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My son is now 16 months old. He has no trouble climbing in and out of his crib. For the past two weeks we have started taking the drop down side rail off only at his nap times. It's a way to transition him. He quickly adapted to this and now expects the rail not to be there for nap time. For the last two nights we have taken it off for night. The first night he woke up once. We made it possible to get to our room only (our rooms are directly across from each other and the only other accesible room is the bathroom, which we baracaded it to where he couldn't get in). Whe lit the hallway with the bathroom light so he could get to our room. He came into our room and I took him back to his big boy bed. I let him climb up into it himself and sung his usual lullabye. I immidetly left the room. He cried himself back to sleep. Last night he didn't even wake up and so far tonight he hasn't woke. My plan is to move him over to a toddler bed in about two weeks so he is slowly getting use to the idea. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 12/27/2010

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If he is getting out of his crib it might be a good idea to switch. You could start off with the mattress on the floor or go right to the toddler bed and put pillows or another mattress on the floor so if he were to fall out it would be a soft landing.

Rachel - posted on 12/27/2010

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my son is 25 mths and i would like to put him in a toddler bed, but i dont know if he is ready he cant even get in and out of his crib, so i dont know when he starts trying to climb out then maybe i will move him in to a toddler bed.

Brittany - posted on 12/27/2010

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well i talked 2 my doc about this as long as she can get on and off of the bed with out hels i moved my lil girl at 16 months but my lil boy on the other had is 16 months now and still in a crib so go look at big girl beds and see if she can climb up and down with out help

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2010

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It is up to you, but be ready to be firm. I have a lot of friends who moved their kids to toddler beds or took off the side of the crib and for literally years the child would wake up in the middle of the night EVERY night and scream at their doors for hours until they let him/her sleep with them. Make sure you're ready to deal with that possibility.

Jesica - posted on 12/27/2010

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Every child is different. Some are ready younger than others. If you think he is ready give it a try. The worst that's gona happen is the toddler bed gets packed away for a few more months.

Melissa - posted on 12/26/2010

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My son started sleeping in a toddler bed at about 13 1/2-14 months because I was due with my daughter at the end of January this year. My younger brother and his wife are planning on getting my daughter a toddler bed for her 1st Birthday(Jan. 27th.) because my daughter knows how to climb in & out of their daughter's bed(my niece is 17 months old and my daughter is 11 months old) lol

Sarah-Anne - posted on 12/26/2010

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my daughter went into a toddler bed at 12 months 1 day. she went to a twin mattress on the floor at 18-ish months. she's now 21 months and we occasionally get her sleep back on the toddler bed, but she doesn't have enough room. we will be getting her a full size bed for her 2nd b-day. we started so early cuz she was able to climb out of the crib at 10 months, while the mattress was laying on the floor inside the crib.

my friend kept her daughter in her crib until 2 1/2 yrs and is planning on doing the same with her next one.

Renee - posted on 12/26/2010

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My sister kept her son in his crib till he was almost 3yrs old. I moved my son to a bed just after his 2nd birthday. I wanted to keep him in his crib longer but he kept getting out of it and it wasn't safe any more.

Joanna - posted on 12/26/2010

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My girl was in a toddler bed at 15 months. Just watch the signs, there is no right or wrong age.

Elena - posted on 12/25/2010

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My lil one was about 18 months. She started climbing out of her crib & she'd go & sleep in our spare room on the full size bed in there. I started getting her use to the idea of a toddler bed by just leaving the side of the crib down. After about a month I converted her bed to the toddler bed.

Liz - posted on 12/25/2010

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If he is ready then go for it. We moved our b/g twins in their toddler beds at 21 months because they started to try and climb out of their cribs, and I was due to have their little brother this past July. So he is using one of their old cribs now so we wanted them used to the idea of their beds before he came.

Kristen - posted on 12/25/2010

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I moved my daughter to a toddler bed when she was about 16 months. If you think she is ready I say go for it. My daughter seemed to take really well to her bed. Keep in mind though that she may be up walking around with the freedom of a bed. Hope all goes well for you.

Angela - posted on 12/25/2010

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If he seems ready I say go for it. We moved our oldest to a toddler bed at 18 months because we wanted to get her used to the idea that the crib was no longer hers :)

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