What is a good age for a toddler bed?

Tiffany - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 188 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old has been in a toddler bed for about a month now. I have been having a lot of people tell me that he is just to young to be out of the crib. We took him out of the crib when we found him with one leg over the side of the crib. Do you think we are wrong?? What age or time do you think is a good age?

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Victoria - posted on 01/21/2010

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i dont think it is wrong my lil was 13 months when she went to a bed i think it is ok as long as they can get into it with out help and and are able to walk on there own but i think to answer your its when you feel your lil boy is ready for it ..... my lil girl is almost 2 and she is in a twin bed now

Amy - posted on 01/21/2010

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We did the same thing with our son except he was 15 months and actually was climbing out. It is the safe choice, the child could get badly hurt. I was always told by my doctor and my mother that you child will let you know when they are ready for things to change. I think you made the right choice for your child.

Kaylene - posted on 01/21/2010

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I wouldn't let anyone tell me what I was doing with my child is wrong. You know your child best! I personally wait until 2 years. But if your child is going to climb out and hurt himslef, well then you may have no choice. Safety first. If he is sleeping in it fine, and not having any real problems adjusting, then why not?

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I believe you were right for what you did...I really don't think there should be a certain age...A toddler being able to climb out of his crib on his own can be very dangerous and if he's ready for a toddler bed then do it.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2010

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We put my daughter in a toddler bed just after a year. She was showing interest so we gave it a shot. She did great! She's now 2 (almost) and in a full sized bed.

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Robyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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Ayden has been in a toddler bed since 13 months. He has done very well. Frankly I think he loves being able to crawl into his own bed. The main thing is to make sure that he has his things in there like his blanket or stuff animal; just as he would in his crib. But definetely if he is trying to crawl out of the crib you don't want him falling that far, so it's time for big boy bed!

Allana - posted on 01/21/2010

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We put our son in a toddler bed at about 21 months. He has done really well with it.

Theresa - posted on 01/21/2010

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i think you're right for doing it now. My son was in a toddler bed when he was 16 or 17 months old and he's done great with it.

Emma - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son is still in his cot and is 22 months old, he loves it and have never caught him climbing out of it yet. Gonna think about the move to a bed when he turns two as he is a big boy, and there doesn't seem to be that much space in his cot anymore. However if my 20 month yr old had started to put a leg over the cot, and looked like he was gonna be a danger to himself, i would have done the same as you. A lot of my friends babies that are older than mine are all in beds, so no i don't think it is too young. You know yourself when your baby is ready for a bed, and at present mine is still content with his cot.

Jenna - posted on 01/21/2010

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na ur not wrong only u no when ur tot is ready for a big bed! my son has been in a single bed since he was 12months old and sleeps way better!! he can get on and off easy! there is no age as such to make it the right time!!

Delia - posted on 01/21/2010

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If he's starting to climb out the crib and he's happy in the bed why not? I just tried getting my 26month old in a bed but its just not the right time. So she's back in the cot cos she feels safe there. Every child is different so do what feels right!

Katie - posted on 01/21/2010

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Dont let anyone tell you he is too young. my oldest son was in a bed from 18mths and he has handled it well. and he was in a normal single bed. if you are worried it may be daunting for him then you can always use one of those toddler beds. they are low to the ground and have the sides on them so they cant roll out

Jess - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter started sleeping in a toddler bed at 18 months. every child is different and if your child is going to get hurt by staying in a crib then its time for the toddler bed!!

Rosary - posted on 01/20/2010

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its not to young at all if hes trying to get out of the crib that could become dangerous

Kalani - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter was in a toddler bed at 16 mos because she thought was a monkey, and I was terrified she would fall and hurt herself! Then, when she was 2 1/2 she went into a twin size! It all worked out for the best :) You have to do what you feel is ok for you and your son!

Tyiesha - posted on 01/20/2010

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i don't think your wrong if the crib becomes dangerous it is time for the baby to get out. your son is a good age to get into a toddlers bed. always remember your motherly instincts will kick in for things like this. your doing a great job.

Chelsea - posted on 01/20/2010

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my daughter is 23mos. and I just purchased a toddler bed for her and she loves it!

China - posted on 01/20/2010

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3 to 4 it depends on the child also like how tall the child is or if the bed is to high, andthe child roles a lot

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2010

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by age two is good but if he climbing out then you did what was best...put him in a toddler bed...

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter started sleeping in her toddler bed when she was about 18 months & she has loved it ever since!

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i think you did the right thing doll, my son was 2 in august but i havent gotten a toddler bed yet because i am afraid of him getting out side.we are in a new house now. .he can unlock dead bolts! so i have some baby proofing to do first.

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5 years old! lol wow its child abuse to keep a child in a crib till that age..sounds to me more like a prison :/ i think 2 is a good age.

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My ten month old has been in his toddler bed for a month and a half now. My friend's daughter is also ten months old and sleeps all night long in a twin bed. I I have bed rails on the sides but he knows where the edges are, even in the dark, and has never fallen off or gotten out at night.

Angela - posted on 01/20/2010

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My baby is 2 AND A half now and I have her in a crib/toddler bed(we took one rail off and it is like a day bed!) so that is good....we actually did that along time ago! If your baby is old enough(or mature enough) to climb over the rail...then it is time to get a toddler bed(if the rail cant be removed! Good luck! :)

Samantha - posted on 01/20/2010

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Every child is different. If you feel you son is ready for a toddler bed, then go for it. No one can tell you the right age. My son starting sleeping in a toddler bed at 13 months. He is now 21 months and we have not regreted night of it.

Megan - posted on 01/20/2010

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I feel that if he's in danger by being in the crib then the toddler bed is fine. Also, who cares what other people think. He's your baby & it's yours & your hubby's decision.

On the other hand, I personally believe 18 months upward is a good age. Just make sure it's low enough to the ground so when they get off it doesn't hurt them.

Kristie - posted on 01/20/2010

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when they start crawling out of their crib. our son was about 19 months when we switched him over. we didnt want him to get hurt so we put him in a bed. we got a side rail for our twin bed and he did great.

Alicia - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have 3 boys and I think it really depends on the child! My oldest was in a toddler bed at 15 months, my middle one, not till 2 (he was a naughty one!!) any my youngest is 16 months and he's not climbing out yet so he's going to stay in his crib till he can get out!

A - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think you're doing the right thing. It's better to be closer to the ground with a rail to avoiding falling out while sleeping, than the baby climbing out and hurting himself. My baby is only 8 months but he's very adventurous and I predict he'll be in a toddler bed around 18 months or so, because at that point it will probably no longer be safe anymore. You know your kid better than your friends, and every kid is different.

TAMARA - posted on 01/20/2010

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I would say about 1 1/2 to 2 Years Old. A very low bed because there easy to roll off and easy to climb up.

Kendall - posted on 01/20/2010

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i think it is totally your call. i would rather my child roll off of a low mattress then fall 3 feet from a crib. my daughter is almost 18 months and there is no way i would put her in a bed yet only due to the fact that she is fearless and just leaps off things and i have not yet caught her trying to climb out of the crib either, but i know the time will come. good luck

Maureen - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son was about 13 months when we put him on a mattress on the floor. He would climb out of his crib not on the railing side but ends ( they were arched) where it was the highest. To me if he can crawl out he needs a toddler bed.

Shels - posted on 01/20/2010

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i dont see anything wrong with it, one of my best mates had her daughter sleeping in her own big bed at 12 months ... and i am looking at doing the same thing with my son

Sammy - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter is 12 months old, and she has been in a toddler bed since she was 8 months. she was crying her head off every time i'd put her in her crib, and wouldn't give up, so i put her in a bed (with a safe T sleep) and haven't looked back since! she now is out of her safe T sleep, and just has rails on the sides of her bed. It's completely up to you and your child when you feel ready for a "big kids" bed, and don't let anyone else influence you otherwise!

Heather - posted on 01/20/2010

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When my daughter (20 mnths) started putting her leg over her crib rail, i lowered her mattress to the last notch. Now, she can't get her leg up that high. Not sure how your crib is designed. Although, i won't put my daughter in her toddler bed yet for the simple fact that she can't do stairs by herself yet and the bedroom is on the second floor. I think her legs are still too short to take the steps down. She's as fast as lightening going up them though! I think i will be comfortable letting her sleep in her toddler bed after i am convinced she is able to do stairs independently. If you feel that your child is safe and secure in his toddler bed then by all means, do what your instinct tells you to do as a mommy. Always listen to advice but you are mommy, listen to yourself first. You will always know what's best for him over anyone else!

Cat - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and in a big girl bed. I think she is more than ready. Further more if your son is going to be a little monkey and try to climb it sounds like he could really get hurt. I think the people telling you other wise are old fashioned.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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i have a 22 month old in a twin bed, and shes been in it since she was, about 19 months old when my second daughter was born, and we needed the crib for her. i didnt put her in a toddler bed, because i felt she was ready for a full size bed, and didnt feel the transition from a crib/ toddler bed/ then a twin bed was best for her...to many changes. alot of people scoffed at me saying she is WAY to young for that, we continued to do what we felt was best for her, and us. in my opinion she actually sleeps better in the twin then she ever did in her crib, and even her 1/2 brothers toddler bed (cause we did try it briefly) as long as you are comfortable with where your child is sleeping, and you feel that you are taking all the proper precautions, then you are doing the right thing. only you can make the right choice for your children.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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i have a 22 month old in a twin bed, and shes been in it since she was, about 19 months old when my second daughter was born, and we needed the crib for her. i didnt put her in a toddler bed, because i felt she was ready for a full size bed, and didnt feel the transition from a crib/ toddler bed/ then a twin bed was best for her...to many changes. alot of people scoffed at me saying she is WAY to young for that, we continued to do what we felt was best for her, and us. in my opinion she actually sleeps better in the twin then she ever did in her crib, and even her 1/2 brothers toddler bed (cause we did try it briefly) as long as you are comfortable with where your child is sleeping, and you feel that you are taking all the proper precautions, then you are doing the right thing. only you can make the right choice for your children.

Erin - posted on 01/20/2010

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My childcare centre is just starting to put my 20 month old onto a mattress so i say that's great your little one is going well already!!

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If a baby is old enough to jump out of the crib then they should be in a toddler bed! All of my kids could escape their crib by 18 months and i didn't want them to break a leg or something so the first time i caught them climbing up over the rail was usually the last.

Brenda - posted on 01/20/2010

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I believe you should take the child out of the crib when you as a parent feel its best. Usually when they start to try to climb out.

Rose - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think it is when ever you or the child feels comfortable. My daughter is almost 2 she still sleeps in a crib cause she don't like sleeping in her toddler bed. I should get safety rails for it maybe that would help. I think your fine tho.

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I took both my kids out of the crib at around 18months. It just wasn't safe anymore (they were climbing in it). If your son likes his toddler bed and you are comfortable with him sleeping in it then by all means let him sleep in it.

Brandi - posted on 01/20/2010

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each kid is different if he was trying to get out and had one leg over he was probably ready. its better to be in a toddler bed were if he were to fall out he wouldnt get hurt like he would falling out of his crib. we had my stepson in a toddler bed alittle before 20months for the same reason and he was just fine

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2010

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We just bought a toddler bed for our daughter today. She is 16 month old and has gotten out of her crib. At daycare she refuses to sleep in a crib and now that she has gotten out of her crib at home she doesnt want to go in it. I think every child is different and I do not think there is a right or wrong answer to this. Our son we waited until his 2nd birthday. My husband and I agree that it is better that they fall out of a toddler bed than out of the crib. Good Luck! :)

Nikki - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think as soon as they learn how to get out of the crib, it's time for a toddler bed. What's the point in a crib if they can get out of it? It's just a dangerous situation. It's them telling you it's time for a big kid bed.

Dawnn - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think that when they start to climb out of the crib it is a good time to switch to a toddler bed.

Bobbi - posted on 01/20/2010

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Toddler beds are good for little ones that climb because they are lower to the ground. I think you did the safe right thing!! My little girl was in a toddler bed before she was two as well.

Teresa - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is 18 months old and he has been sleeping in a toddler bed since he was 17 months due to the fact that he learned to climb out of his play pen. I never thought he would try to climb out of the crib but he did. One night I was making my bed and then I heard a thud!! He had tried to climb out the crib and fell out head first. The next day I put him in a toddler bed. He has done very well. I have a little trouble keeping him in it sometimes at bedtime. But, overall he has done great. So no I don't think it is to early.

Elisabeth - posted on 01/20/2010

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My children got they're first toddler bed at the same age your son is, and it worked fine,I had a madrass beside the bed just in case they should fall.

Shauna - posted on 01/20/2010

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I put all 3 of my kids in regular twin size beds when they were 14months. there was no problems. Dont worry about what anyone else says as long as you feel your child is ready. If you ask most people anything about their kids they will underestimate their children most of the time for example......teaching them how to swim.....I tought mine at age 1 most would wait til about 3, reading and writting........I start at 21/2 most start around 4 or 5, potty training.............i start as soon as they can walk while most start at 2 or 3 or even later. My point is, is that you cant hold your kids back just because everyone around you is. Kids are so capeable of learning things but noone gives them a chance. You did nothing wrong. Accept your decision it was a wise one.

Angela - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son got moved to a toddler bed at about 19 months. I was about to have his sister by C-Section and it was too hard to bend over and lay him in there. He did awesome and rarely got out of his bed and even went to sleep by himself in it. I would say if you think he is old enough then he is.

Kristina - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think that as soon as they start climbing over the sides, its time to move to a toddler bed or taket he side down if you have a convertable. My son just turned 1, and is not crawling out yet but as soon as he does his crib will be converted.

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