Is your child in a crib, toddler, or twin bed?

Julie - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My daughter climbed out of her crib for the first time a couple nights ago, and I am debating on weather to get her a big girl bed.

Also, what are your thoughts on siblings sharing a room?

Thanks!

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Lorri - posted on 03/30/2010

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With my first we went from a crib to a twin bed because she kept waking herself up at night running into the railings and wouldn't go back to sleep. With Paige who turned 2 on the 25th, my husband thought it would be better to try a toddler bed. That lasted for about a month before we put her in a twin bed too. Other than having to move the railings every now and then so she doesn't squeeze out of top she has been fine.

Both of my girls sleep in the same room and have since Paige was born, they are 20 months apart. I worry that Paige wakes up Zoe, but for the most part they are fine and when one does wake up the other normally sleeps right through it. The hard part is when they are both awake, because they both want to be held. Depending on why they are awake, I hand one off to my husband.

Courtney - posted on 03/05/2010

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I just put my daughter (turned 2yrs on Feb 1st) in a single bed, she would never climb out of her cot, I even had the rail lowered for ages and she just never tired.
So I figured that she would just swap over easy.
Her first night she cried as soon as I put her in, so I just climbed in with her until she was calm again, then she let me walk out the room and shut the door before crying, I went straight back in and lay with her again, then the next time I got out, shut the door and she cried again so I sent my husband in to lay with her until she was calm, when he walked out and shut the door she was fine. This all took about 15/20mins.

The next night she woke once over night and I just raced in there before she got worked up and lay with her again for 5 mins and she went straight back to sleep so I snuck out and she has been fine ever since.

She still sleeps in a light sleeping sack (incase she gets uncovered) with just a sheet and her cot size doona (I didn't want her getting lost in a full size one :)

We also have a bed rail attached as she always slept with her face against the cot rails and I didn't want her to fall out while trying to smoosh her face ;)

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Lisa - posted on 04/15/2010

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I still have my son, who has been 2 since the 26th, in his crib. He hasn't tried climbing out yet, so we're OK for now.

In regards to sharing rooms, my 2 step daughters shared a room until the oldest was in middle school, and they loved it. They were 5 years apart. The only problem is that the older one loved to share all the new things she learned at school with her little sister. The problem is these were things like french kissing, boys, and it just kind of gets worse from there...lol.

Sara - posted on 04/12/2010

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My boys had there own rooms till a couple months ago and they love sharing a room, And my 2 year old has been in a toddler bed for a while now and he thinks its pretty cool. It was a lot easier than I ever expected.

Latifa - posted on 04/12/2010

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My daughter has always slept with me in a queen sized bed, wouldn't be much of a hassle in her own bed, i know... she was in a big bed at an early stage, but i guess the earlier they get used to it the better, You should go ahead and get that big girl bed.
Would be nice if they had separate rooms, less mistakes with their personal belongings, disagreements and most of all less fighting, each would choose to have their room as they want it.

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2010

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My 2-year-old Pilot never climbed out of his crib but when we were close to having our second child we moved him to a toddler bed (around 15 months). We never had a problem with him getting out of his bed. He's such a good boy. Once my second son was born we kept hin in his crib in our room until he was about 6 months and we just moved him over to my two-year-old's room 3 weeks ago. Dexter barely wakes at night anymore and even when he does my 2-year-old doesn't mind. He loves going to bed at night with Dex in his room. Every night when I say it's bedtime he says "baby?"

Nikki - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi Julie!
I moved my son into a big boy bed after he climbed out of the crib. Well, actually he fell. It was time at any rate. We thought about those toddler beds but then decided it was a waste of money considering toddler beds only use a crib mattress. So we got him a twin bed and kept it on the floor.
As for siblings sharing a room, I think it's great. I shared a room with my sister until I left for college. My two other sisters didn't care for sharing, so they got their own bedrooms. I have two boys and they will share a room at least until they get old enough (in the teens) to really complain. Then we'll see. My sister had a boy and a girl and they shared a room for several years until she had another girl. Now the girls share a room.
Hope this helped and it wasn't too late of a reply!!
Nikki

Geneva - posted on 04/03/2010

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still in a crib - but he hasn't tried to climb out yet. that is basically what I am waiting for to switch to toddler bed (our crib is convertible). I am keeping him confined for as long as possible! he wakes up early enough as it is!

Amy - posted on 03/29/2010

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I bought Robert his twin bed @ 2 year birthday. I figured if he sleeps at daycare in a cot, he certainly can at home. He will still get up in the night occassionally but comes to me most of the time. He had tried to go downstairs one early morning, I stopped that quickly with the gate at the top of the stairs. You can try a gate at the childs door as well. That worked well for my daughter

Misty - posted on 03/28/2010

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Well my son just figured out how to climb out of his crib too. I was in shock at first because i couldnt believe he did that. But my husband and i have decided to go ahead and put him in a toddler bed just for his safety. And he does share a room with his brother that will be 9 in May. Its kinda hard because he wants his own room but he knows we are trying to save money up to get a house so he can have his own room.

Nikki - posted on 03/21/2010

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I put Randi in a twin bed about 4 months ago becase she moved around so much so her crib was just too small and she loves having her big girl bed. :)

Elisa - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son started climbing out of his crib at 15 months so we changed his crib into a toddler bed. We moved 3 months later and he would not stay in it and would only sleep in our bed with us. So I got a full size bed and he has done great in it. You can get a bunky board instead of a box spring if you are worried about her falling off the bed. Good luck :)

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I switched my daughter to a twin with side rails when she was 17mths and she has done great with the switch!! ( shes 24 mths)

Deborah - posted on 03/18/2010

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My first born (son) went into a big bed when he was 2yrs 3 mths. My second born (son) who is 2yrs 1 mth, will be changing in the nest month or two. They share a room (as I did with my sister until we had a big enough house that I could have my own at the age of about 8). While they are young I will continue to have them share, when they ask for otherwise I will give them their own room (as they get older, heading to teenage yrs, they will want more of their own space). I enjoyed sharing while I was young (comfort) but welcomed my own room when I was older.

Tana - posted on 03/16/2010

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Hi. My daughter turned 2 Feb.24th and I moved her to a toddler bed at 18 months. We are in the process of moving her to a twin bed. I have another daughter that turned 4 Feb. 8 and they are currently sharing a room. They have been sharing about a month and it seems to be working out great. We are moving them to bunk beds.

Gosia - posted on 03/15/2010

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I changed Noah from Crib to Big's boy bed (toddler size) when he was 18 months old. He was doing great at night but for the day nap I put him still in the crib (that his little brother has for the night). Now Im trying to put both boys at the same time for a nap so I teach my oldest (2 year old) to stay in bed. It takes usually 30-45 minutes before he finally falls asleep.

Angie - posted on 03/15/2010

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Nice to see most are not having trouble with the transfering of beds. We had to change because my son was crawling out of his crib, with the side rail all the way up. So, with that, we change because we didn't want him to hurt himself. I was hesitant just for the fact that when he sleeps he's all over the bed and wasn't sure how he would fair without the railing keeping him in. We had bought a second crib for my daughter only because my son was still in his but since his crib converted we went ahead and got another one. His goes from crib to toddler to full, so we put the toddler rails up to see how he would do. He did ok at first then I heard him fall out one time so we had to find something else. He does fairly well with it. We have to stay with him until he falls asleep, otherwise he'll get out. If he wakes up during the night, he'll come in our room. It's just a matter of getting him to stay in his bed but it's not impossible to do. Hope it works out for you.

As far as sharing a room....my son and daughter will have to share once she's sleeping through the night but just until he gets old enough to have a room on his own. Now, for two girls it wouldn't be a problem, my sister and I shared a room for years.

Charity - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter is in a Toddler bed, but that is because it is a handmade bed and with money being tight for us we decided that we would use it and then once we have a permanent place to live and dont intend on moving for a while where we can save up the money we will get her a big bed.

Nicole - posted on 03/14/2010

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I moved Alex into a single bed at the beginning of December after he started putting himself to bed in his brothers bed. I was worried he might try climb out of the bed at bedtime, but it's really worked out well. He generally goes to sleep without any problem.

Paula - posted on 03/11/2010

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Cyle, 2 on Feb 24, has been in a twin bed for a couple months. He's great with it. As far as sharing a room, I had both of my babies sleeping in the same room until about a month ago. They were horrible at bed time. All they wanted to do was play and fight. Definately not sleep. Since I separated them at bedtime, life is good!! They go right to sleep and don't wake up through out the night anymore.

Stephanie - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son just turned 2 at the end of February,..and he climbed out of his crib just once. We switched him to a twin bed,..and he's been doing great. Nap time can be challenging,..with him getting in and out on bed a few times. Toddlers beds, in my opinion are a waste of money. They only hold up to 50 pounds, my son is 40 pounds, so for us it wouldn't be been the best choice. We do have the guard rail on the side of the bed as well.

Siblings sharing a bedroom, depends on how far apart they are in age. If they get along well, and don't mind, why not.

Emma - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son who is now 2 has been in a big boy bed (regular single) since he was 18 months old. We made the switch due needing the cot for our second son when he was 21 months. The bed has a guard rail on it to stop him falling out but found we never had any problems moving him into it. The only thing I had to change was getting him all in one pjs with feet in them for winter so if he tried to get up in the morning, or in the night, he didn't injure himself trying to walk in a growbag.

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2010

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One weekend my daughter, Brooke, kept pointing at my oldest daughters twin bed and saying "big girl bed" - she slept there for two nights and then we put up her toddler bed. She loves it. The first night we put up her toddler bed she was so proud, she went to bed all by herself! We have glowing stars on the ceiling, she loves it when the lights go out and giggles everytime!

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2010

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i put my daughter in a toddler bed from she was 14 months as i was expectin another baby and wanted to used the cot for the new baby she was fine loved her new bed and on sharin a room my girls do great i put ma youngest in with her big sister wen she was 6 weeks and ma oldest was 20 months at the time

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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We bought our son a crib that converts into a toddler bed and a single bed. We converted his crib to the toddler bed a few months ago and he is doing great. even when he doesnt want to go to bed and is upset/crying he knows he must stay in the bed, so we dont have issues with him coming out of his room after we put him to bed.

I think siblings sharing a room is fine. My sister and I shared a room all through out our childhood. untill I was 16 and she was 14. We loved sharing a room, tho we were very close and best friends. If its a boy and a girl, i think its fine up untill a certain age.

Hope your little one does well and transitions from a crib to a toddler bed easily

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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Oh, and we just started our daughters sharing a room. Bella is 2 and Charli is 10 mos. So far it is working out, I hope it continues

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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Bella is in a toddler bed. Has been since about 14 mos or so because she was starting to freakout in her crib. I took the side off the crib first to see how she did and that seemed to help. Then when she was 18 mos, I moved our baby into the crib and Bella into an actual toddler bed. She does really well sleeping in it. We had a few problems at first with her getting out and coming in our room, but we worked past that :)

Jen - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter transferred to a toddler bed at 15 months. We don't have the space for a twin bed or we would have gone that directions, just because she could sleep in it longer.
As far as siblings sharing a room, I would probably allow up to when the oldest starts school.

Allison - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son turned 2 Feb. 7th and he's been in a toddler bed (converted from crib) for about 3 months. He was pulling himself onto the rails so we knew it was time to convert the crib.

Robyn - posted on 03/06/2010

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I have daughter that was 2 on feb 15th. I got a very nice bed from ikea, You dont need a rail as it has some nice swirly bits on either end, it is white metal. It is a toddler size bed but it is extendable in 3 stages. I got this so i would not need to have to buy another one when she gets a bit bigger. She slept in it from the first night with no problems, and she has been in this from 19months old.



On the sharing of the room, i think it is okay while they are young as it can be good for teaching some groundings for life skills, i also think that as they get a little older it is then time for seperate rooms so they have privacy. I am only saying this as i had to share a room up until i moved out at 18 years old, and this would have been and ideal situation if it was possible. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi I have my little girl moved into a big girl bed i did this because i was having another baby who would need a crib and did not want to have to buy another crib i actually have her in a queen/full size bed with a rail on one side i found this size of a bed nice when she is sick i can lay with her she has been doing great with it she was moved into it when she was 20months old and i never have had a problem i suggest the baby monitor with a screen so you can keep an eye on them

Jennifer - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter is in a twin bed! I found it to be better when you have to make a change, to go ahead and make "the change" instead of switching to a toddler bed and then having to switch them again later. She has done wonderful with it. Good Luck.

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