Moving from a crib to a bed.

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So, Gabby is getting to that age where I think she is ready to go to a toddlers bed. She almost climbs out of her crib when she first gets up in the morning and I'm nervous of her falling out and hitting her head on the hardwood floor. My question is....What do each of you feel is the safest thing to do when moving a toddler to a bed. Mattress on the floor? Bed with rails? Or a specifically made toddlers bed... other things to do that would be safest?
I'm kind of leaning towards matress on the floor.. This is what we did when co sleeping...before gabby decided she was too cool for that...lol

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Vegemite - posted on 04/08/2011

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We bought cots that converts to a king single so they both went straight into a big bed with rails and we also took the cushions off one of the lounges and put them on the floor at the end of the bed. The youngest is still getting used to a bed and is in and out all night, last night was a record 6 times grrrr sooooo tired. Then he wakes up our oldest who yells out from his room "Stay in bed Aiden! Be quiet!"

They both moved into their beds at 19months

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We have BIG pillows so we just put a couple beside the bed for the first few weeks. After the 3rd week we took our pillows back. Either our child was in the bed and fine or we had put her back in the crib because she wasn't ready. Either way we knew for sure by the 3rd week.

Merry - posted on 04/08/2011

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We moved Eric at 20 months in preparation for needing the crib for the baby. We bought a little tykes fire truck toddler bed. It's super expensive, $200, but we found a used one for $24! The reason I mention it is because it is shaped almost crib like, it has walls around the whole thing except for a cut out near the feet to get in and out of. I liked this because I felt Eric was a bit too young not to fall out as he rolls around while sleeping. He has done great, and really he never even gets out of it on his own, he prefers calling for me to lift him out. He can get in and out and does alot in the daytime, but when he wakes from nap or night he likes me to lift him out, and I like he isn't getting into mischief!

If I hadn't found that bed so cheap we were planning on a mattress on the floor. Probably a twin sized so I could bf him to sleep laying next to him and slip out when he is asleep. But since we found such a good deal I just bf him in the lazy boy chair and place him in the bed when he's asleep.

Mattress on the floor would be my best suggestion.

LaCi - posted on 04/08/2011

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Mine moved to a bed-twin- on the floor at about 1. since he turned two he's been in a twin racecar bed, it sort of has railing because of its shape.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/08/2011

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I like the toddler beds because of the rails, the ease of them getting in and out...so low to the ground.....and you can use the crib mattress. Lucas could actually help make his bed when he got his. He really loved the toddler bed, it made him feel like a big boy. We also had a mattress on the floor for the nights that he did not want to be alone, I would sleep on it. He never liked sleeping on the floor, he enjoyed his bed too much.

Amy - posted on 04/08/2011

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I just used a twin bed with a net side catch. There was a smaller opening at bottom of bed where they could crawl out [ mine were crawling UP to the diaper change table thing at the end of my crib. I'd rather them climb down, then up and fall down. ouch.] I had just always had a frame and my son loved to climb. So he thought it was awesome to climb into bed on his own. When he turned 2, we took the side catch off and put a nice fluffy rug on his floor by where I guessed he'd fall. It's only about two foot off the floor that he'd fall. No permanent damage. He fell out twice and I just picked him up, said, it's okay bud, just stay on this side....That was it.

I've heard tons about toddler beds, but I had a twin mattress/full sized mattress from guest rooms before we had kids. I just didn't have money to buy anything new. So that's what they got. My daughter went from crib to full sized bed with a catch.

Bonnie - posted on 04/08/2011

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Well toddler beds are low to the ground and have built in rails already about almost half the length of the bed. We switched both our boys to toddler beds at 18-20 months and had no problems with the transition. If you are worried she may still fall off sometimes, you can always put a thick blanket or comforter on the floor beside the bed.

Jenni - posted on 04/07/2011

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We have two toddler beds with rails for my son and SD and haven't had any issue with them rolling out of bed. No probs here! They were both moved to a toddler bed at between 22-24 months.

Mel - posted on 04/07/2011

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depends on the age that you move them,when we moved our daughter she had literally just started walking, she was 20 months old, and the way its built it has a small rail on the side. She fell out of bed once at maybe 2.5 yrs ago and that was it, but it didnt bother her. Ive heard for younger kids a matress on the floor is great. My oldest has however fallen out of our bed a few times in the past year (she is almost 3)

Charlie - posted on 04/07/2011

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Cooper has been in a bed since 12 months old , he loves it , he picked it out from the shop , he never had rails although for the first few months he did have a matress on the floor " just in case "

Sarah - posted on 04/06/2011

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We put our youngest in a bed at about 18 months.
They're bunk beds (she's on the bottom obviously) and hers is quite low to the floor, so we just put her in, no rails, no mattress by the side. She's only ever fallen out once and then her duvet fell with her so she landed on that!

We did put a stair gate at the top of the stairs though in case she wandered out of her room at night.

Sarah - posted on 04/06/2011

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I switched my son to a toddler bed at around 17 months (I think it was too early). His crib got reeeally damaged in one of our moves, so we thought we'd try out a toddler bed. He does pretty well with it, but sometimes gets out of it during the night & sneaks into our bed lol.

I like having the toddler bed, because it's low to the ground, has rails, and it's just so durn cute. Ethan has fallen out once, because he was wriggling around so much. He didn't get hurt, because it was so close to the ground, but I still put some pillows beside the bed just in case.

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ok so i just realized gabs crib turns into a toddler bed....don't i feel like a winner...HAHA

Jenn - posted on 04/06/2011

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With my son, he started climbing out of his crib around 20 months old (I think - I can't remember exactly) so I just took the front part of his crib off and converted it into the toddler bed and he slept in that until he moved up to his big double bed. With the twins I started out with a big mattress on the floor (they were also climbing out of their cribs) that they shared, then I gave that to my son and took his bed to give to one of the girls and one of their cribs also turned into a toddler bed. So they now both sleep in cribs converted into toddler beds. I do have mine and my sister's old twin bed frames so I just need to get some mattresses and then they can have those - I'll probably set those beds up some time later this year when I paint their bedroom.

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I put my kids in a normal single bed with no side rails but i did put a mattress on the floor untill they stopped falling out as much which i think worked well with the fall to the mattress on the floor,It would startle them and they didnt like it.

Amber - posted on 04/06/2011

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Our crib converted to a toddler bed, so it had three sides still. I put a rail on the fourth side because he's a wiggler. It only went 3/4 the way down so he could still get in and out by himself. I had a big pillow under the unrailed part so that he didn't come down on his head if he didn't go feet first.

We also put the gate on his door for the first month or so. After he wasn't trying to crawl out of bed to explore anymore, we moved the gate to the hallway so that he could get to our room, but not the rest of the house.

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have a toddler bed and we put a bed rail on it and Logan naps in there at daytime and doesn't even try to get out. Damian won't let him sleep in there at night yet because *it's too far from our room* but the baby is due in 6 weeks I kind of need to get him sleeping in there at night.

Nikki - posted on 04/06/2011

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If I had hardwood floors I would put a mattress on the floor, we have carpet so I just put Issy in a normal bed but I put a foam single mattress next to it. She ends up on the floor mattress quite often! Or asleep in the middle of her room, up against the door etc! lol

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I was wanting to change Ethan into his toddler bed when we move him into his new bedroom shortly but my hubby doesn't think he is old enough...when he does it'll be into a toddler bed as his cot is a cot-bed (the new one we've been given for his new room). I'd go with whatever you feel is the best for you and Gabby.

Pia - posted on 04/06/2011

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My son was put in a be at 15 months (early climber) and we eventually put him in a twin bed with rails on it. He's a sleepwalker though so when he's a bit ill he climbs/jumps out while asleep so for extra precaution we put another mattress next to the bed.

We tried the mattress on the floor and it was too tempting for him to hop off and play.

@ April - would you consider putting a babygate on his door so that he can't get into trouble outside the room? Some people swear by it...

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My daughter is 2 and in her toddler bed now.She loves it.She has always loved her own space.When shes feeling unwell she likes her mommys comfort and gets into bed with me.Now i have her bed right next to mine.She puts her hand up to me.For me to hold and shes happy as larry.:-)Get a safety rail though.A toddler bed is low to the ground, well mine is.She loves to be able to get in and out herself.

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I was VERY nervous about converting Eliza's crib to a toddler bed. She's a wiggler. We waited until I was about 3 months pregnant to make the switch...she was two and half. She had never tried to climb out. The only reason we did it was that I wanted her in a real bed before the baby came as baby would need the crib. She surprised us at how well she did. She's never fallen out of the toddler bed. About a month before the baby came, we switched her to a real twin bed. She's done beautifully.



For you, it sounds like a mattress on the floor would be a good solution. But I wouldn't worry too much about her getting hurt falling out of a toddler bed if you go that route.

Rosie - posted on 04/06/2011

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we just moved them to toddler beds. they have the half rails on them. grant and vinnie have both fallen out of them, like once or twice, lucas has not. he's in a "big boy bed" now with no rail and has not fallen out of that one either. vinnie at 6 years old just fell out of his bed (bottom bunk) about 2 weeks ago. it was kinda funny, lol.
none of them have gotten hurt. just alarmed them more than anything. if you want to do the mattress on the floor thing, i see no harm. i just wanted to get my boys used to the bed first. :)

April - posted on 04/06/2011

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My son moves around A LOT at night. It's the reason I don't bedshare very often with him..a couple days ago he accidentally hit me in the face and gave me a fat lip!

Anyway, he JUST figured out how to climb out of the crib with one leg out and the other leg still in. He is afraid to climb out...afraid he will fall over (onto the hardwood floor!) I am keeping him in his crib because I don't want him to wander downstairs or play in the bathroom sink, etc.. (

I think you should go with a mattress on the floor, since she has done that before.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/06/2011

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Our crib converts to a toddler bed, but it has no rails. So we just got some couch cushions from the basement and put them next to the bed in case she rolls off. We'll be getting new bed with rails when we do her new room in a couple months. She looooooves having a "big girl" bed. She often sits there to play. I'm sure a mattress on the floor would work just the same, so long as it was fairly wide. Well, we need wide or rails because Freja moves A LOT. My husband moved the cushions once and she fell out. It made a horrible sound and it was less than a foot drop. :(

Becky - posted on 04/06/2011

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I think it depends on your child and how much they move around at night. We went with a twin bed with rails when we moved our oldest to a bed. He is a pretty wriggly sleeper! When we painted his room, we had him sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a couple nights and he still fell off that, and while he wasn't hurt, it did wake him up. So I think the bedrails were the best option for him. We still have them on his bed. We could probably take them off, but I'm paranoid. :) He's so used to them now, I think when we do take them off, it's going to take him a couple of nights to sleep well without that extra security.
Zach is still in his crib. His crib converts to a toddler bed, so I think that's what we'll end up doing, unless I get pregnant again right away, and then we'll probably get him and Cole bunk beds that we can pull apart and keep both on the floor until Cole is old enough for the top bunk.

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