Switching to toddler beds

Carissa - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi. Who has switched to a toddler bed? I am wanting to make the switch but not sure if you are supposed to do it "cold turkey" or what. I have been looking up beds online and I am not really into the "plastic" character beds. I want to stick with a wooden bed like my sons crib that he has now. But I can't find them in stores. I would really like to look at what I am buying before getting it but I can only find the wooden ones online. Does anyone know where to get them? Or are the plastic ones better? My doc did have a good idea to start out with just a plain mattress on the floor first then go to then bed.

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Kim - posted on 09/19/2009

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Jayson was in a toddler bed August of 08. We got him a Disney Cars plastic toddler bed from Toys R Us. We also got him a night light (also Cars) He LOVES that movie so everything is Cars in his room. He did have trouble with bedtime we had a gate up in the door, to avoid not the stairs, but him coming out of the room during bedtime. But we found out that having the design that he really liked as his theme in his new big boy room helped out alot. He loves going to bed with Queen!

Devon - posted on 09/13/2009

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I would totally go with the wooden bed, but I agree that you should go for a used one. So many people use them for only 1-2 years (if that), and I see them EVERYWHERE in great condition ranging from $25-50. I love my son's wooden bed. He doesn't have any rails on it, but I ran the Supernanny routine for a few nights (taking him back to bed a thousand times without talking to him), and after about a week, he got it. He was also TOTALLY into the "big boy" concept, and transitioned rather well. Good luck!

Sasha - posted on 09/11/2009

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i switched my daughter right after she turned 2, she had a transitional bed (got it at walmart) we made it a really big deal, new bedding & a "big girl bed party" i also made her a sticker chart in her room so that every night that she didn't get out of bed she could pick a sticker, it really helped keep her in the bed!

Jen - posted on 04/20/2009

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I don't think it matters, toddler or twin size mattress, it just depends if you want to spend the money now or later for a twin mattress. I bought nice crib mattresses for my babies with the intention that they would sleep on them for a looong time. Mine has a baby side and a sturdier toddler side, a qazillion inner spring count, all that jazz. One idea is to just take one of the side rail off baby's crib and let that be a toddler bed. I'm all about the mattress on the floor ... it's free and you don't have to buy a single thing. You don't have to worry about falls, and if it's in a corner your toddler can just cozy next to the walls, like the old days in the crib!

Lisa - posted on 04/07/2009

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i started out with just a thin mattress on the floor, then i went to a normal single mattress..from there i put the foam mattress on the normal inner spring mattress then the foam on the base and finally the inner spring mattress on its base...my daughter is 2yrs old and started on a foam mattress when 14mths old. she is now in a normal bed -  main thing is to ensure ur child can get off without hurting him or herself eg climbing off backwards.  i used to sleep on the floor next to my daughter so it removed any fear, now i must admit she wants my bed instead of her single but we are ok with that for the mid day nap.

Kristi - posted on 04/06/2009

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i think toddler bed are a great idea!! The second i saw that my kids were able to stand and lift their leg on the rail if the crib i converted the crib into a toddler bed. the transition was not scary. it was still their crib, and they loved it. they felt so big. i then put them into a toddler bed, and they loved it even more. i let them pick out a bed set and they feel like such big kids. i think toddler beds are a great idea.

J'Twasha - posted on 03/24/2009

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I (personally) would not invest in a toddler bed ! You can use side rails with a twin bed for saftey measures. I purchased one from Target for about $30. You can use the twin bed well into the school age and even into ohigh school. (Bigger bang for your money in this recession!) Once you have the bed, sleep in it with your son a couple of night so that he can get use to the bed and maybe even his own room. After a couple of night make the time shorter that you sleep in the room with him until you make it to just standing in the door way, until he falls to sleep on his own. Its works pretty well if you are presistant and discipline. I actually got this tip from Jo Frost's (the Super Nanny) book. You can probably request it at the local library which I did because I haven't seen that particular book in the stores in my city.

Good Luck!

SMILE!

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I have seen toddler beds at Wal-mart and Babies/Toys R Us.  We got ours at Wal-Mart and I love it!  We actually had Noah help us put the bed together and had it in his room with out a mattress for a few days.  We put him in cold turkey and he has never fought us or gotten up later (except for a few times at nap time).  I think the important thing is to not change the bedtime routine.



I hope you find a solution that works for you!

Heather - posted on 03/16/2009

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I didnt want to have to spend money twice so we went with a full size bed and box spring.  We didnt buy the bed yet so she can get in and out easily.  We switched cold turkey.  We moved so she had been sleeping with us for a month but buy cute comforter and you will be amazed how 'cool' they feel!  If she got up we just sent her right back...and she gave up after a night or two.

JoAnne - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have the crib that convents to a toddler bed also, but we found a Dora toddler bed on clearence at Target for $20. When my daughter was 12 months old we put the toddler bed in her room next to her crib. During the day she would climb on it and take her short naps in the toddler bed but slept in her crib at bedtime. Finally at 16 months we turned her crib into a toddler bed and she hated it, so we took it out and put the Dora bed in its place. She has slept in there since.

I think it nice to have them get use to the toddler bed first. Letting them play on it and nap in it before you just throw them in it and hope for the best. My best friend did and ended up putting the crib back togther since her little boy ended up sleeping on floor by the door night after night.

Hope this helps. Just my experience. I have 3 kids and have done it the same way for all three of them.

Heather - posted on 03/11/2009

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I also have a 5 year old along with my 2 year old.  We switched to a toddler bed with Jake (age 5) and it was horrible.  He would turn himself around and get stuck between the side rails.  With Logan (2) we skipped the toddler bed & went straight to a full size bed.  we didn't put a box spring, just a mattress, so it isn't too far off the ground & he can climb on & off his bed by himself.  My opinion is go straight to the big bed & skip the toddler bed altogether.  Hope this helps

Jenie - posted on 03/11/2009

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I bought the crib that converts to a day bed. I switched Eris last month over to the day bed because she was climbing out of the crib everyonce and a while. She then proceeded to climb out of her toddler bed and into my bed every night for a month, even with 2-3 hour tantrums in the middle of the night when I put her back in her bed. I finally gave in this week and put her back in the crib and she has slept the whole night through all three nights. I think she just may like the comfort of being surounded. I have a feeling I'm going to leave her in her crib for another year maybe, as I don't want to go through that again anytime soon.



When we did switch her, I put couch pillows on the floor where the opening was to get out and she still managed to fall out of bed onto the pillows and I found her there in the middle of the night growning but not quite awake.

Jessica - posted on 03/11/2009

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I would suggest forgetting about a toddler bed and going straight to a twin. It will last so much longer (and there is so much more room to jump around!) We got Lil's bed around Christmas time,  talked to her about staying in bed all night and she was really exited when we finally put it up. The first night she was up knocking at her door for about an hour before going to sleep. The secong night we created a rule- she has three chances, if she's out of bed the third time she gets a little swat on the butt. I was against spanking her, but after two nights with that rule she stays in bed. She may not be sleeping, but she plays herself to sleep- now we rarely use it.

Erin - posted on 03/10/2009

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I bought a convertable crib so the change was easy and did not have to buy anything new. That was the best idea we had when crib shopping.

Mary - posted on 03/10/2009

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We bought a cot bed for our little boy.



He got measles when he was 12months old and refused to sleep in his cot so we took the rails off and he has slept in it since then with no problems. We put beanbags next to it at first incase he had any falls but he was fine.



As Sarah stated, Ikea do a great range of beds so I would have a look there. Also - not sure of the quality but Argos do a wooden toddler beds too. :-)

Tiffany - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have twin boys and removed the side from each of their cribs and put up a rail in its place 2 months ago. Cold turkey was the only way to go. I did have to put a gate on their bedroom door and sometimes it takes up to an hour and a half before they climb into their beds and go to sleep because they entertain each other. I made a really big deal of moving into their "big boy" beds and we went out and bought new chenille sheets, a night light (so they won't trip if they get up in the middle of the night) and a new night-night book that has become part of our routine. The important part is to stick to it and keep putting your child back in his/her bed. Best of luck to you - it's not an easy transition.

Angela - posted on 02/23/2009

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We made the switch to the toddler bed a couple of weeks before our daughter's 2nd birthday, and she loves her "big girl" bed.  We have the pink plastic princess bed from Target (my sister used it with her daughter), and it works great.  We went cold turkey and were prepared to return her to bed numerous times, but amazingly she stays put!  Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2009

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my lil girl has been in a toddler bed since she was 18 months. ikea do a good range of toddler beds, both plastic and wooden. i got a wooden toddler grow with me bed from them.

i have put a stair gate on there bedroom door so that she can't get to the stairs. a couple of times i found my lil girl a sleep behind her stair gate, but now she goes to sleep in her bed.

the grow with me bed is very low, so i didn't need to buy a bed guard.

Amanda - posted on 02/19/2009

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We bought a toddler bed at walmart for $45. You can use your crib mattress with it. We put Trent in it "cold turkey" and he fought us for one night. I had to keep getting up and putting him back to bed until he fell asleep, but after that he's done really well with it.  He does however play for a good 15 minutes before going to sleep.

Rebekah - posted on 02/19/2009

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I honestly wouldn't invest in a toddler bed unless you could find one for really cheap. We bought one at a garage sale for $25 (it's plastic and plain white), but I think a twin bed with a rail might have made for an easier transition. The toddler bed (and a mattress on the floor) gives them so much more freedom than a crib that it can be overwhelming. Think about it, he/she is used to being in a small little crib and then suddenly he/she is moved to this mattress with lots of open space around it... a big transition. So if I were doing it again, I'd try to recreate the crib by using a twin bed with a rail. And the max weight on most of the toddler beds is only 50lbs.



All that being said, we switched my son to his big boy room and toddler bed one day (4 months ago) for nap and that night at bedtime he refused to go back in the baby bed. He screamed "big boy!" for 5 minutes, we moved him to his big boy room, and never looked back. He's done fine, but he does like to play for a good 15-20 minutes in his room before finally falling asleep.

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