When is a good time to introduce your toddler to a real bed?

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Amy - posted on 10/08/2009

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My peds Dr. told me that he or she will let you know when they are ready to leave the crib. They typically crawl over the railing. He told us to lay down with him for the first week so he feels safe in his new bed. Typically my Dr stated around 2 years old they will be ready for a big boy bed, but some prefer their crib untill the age of 3.

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Chrissy - posted on 01/02/2010

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I moved my son to a toddler bed at about 18 months. He loves Disney Cars, so we got him a toddler bed shaped like a car. He loved it and slept in it from day one. When you go to a toddler bed you have to make sure the room is completely child friendly in case they get up at night. We have one of the child proof door knobs so he can't get out and wonder around the house while everyone else is still in bed. And we also attached the dresser to the wall so it couldn't tip over if he tried to climb on it.

Leanne - posted on 12/08/2009

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My eldest Ryan was in a big bed after he was two, but my youngest Taylor has been in a big bed for the past 4 or 5 months if not longer. We noticed with Taylor that he wasn't sleeping through the night in the cot, but whenever he was lucky enough to sleep in our bed he slept right through the night, same thing at my mon-in-laws house. That was his cue to us that he wanted to be in a normal bed. Sometimes we even catch him sleeping in the top bunk with his big brother, protective railing around the bed so neither of them can get out. One thing I have learnt is that what may have worked for the first child probably won't work for the next, every little one is different. I wish there was a manual sometimes ;)

Alyn - posted on 12/01/2009

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I kept my son (now 6) in his crib for as long as possible. He was a big boy and finally had to move him into a toddler bed--he had a hard time learning that he couldn't get up whenever he wanted! I don't plan on taking my daughter out of her crib until I have to (either she is climbing out or we are potty training, then I will have to move her). I would give it more time...

Amanda - posted on 11/28/2009

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i started when she was about 15 months old, i kind of think it was a little to early cuz i'm having a hard time getting her to fall asleep in her own bed, she has to be in my bed! (we share a room, which doesn't help)

Bekki - posted on 11/27/2009

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Personally my kid is staying in the crib until he is three.. Its the safest option in my mind. We have hardwood floors which can really hurt if he falls out of a big boy bed, plus having him in a big boy bed is too much freedom at 22 months for my son. Without the crib rails he would never stay in bed and go to sleep he would just get up and run around and never sleep. Mommy and daddy need their sleep too so i'm stickin with the crib until i have to convert it to a daybed.. we have a 4 in one crib.

LYDIA - posted on 11/25/2009

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I introduced my son to his own bed at 14 months, the bed is right next to us but he sleeps in it and we sleep on our own bed. He falls a sleep on his bed and when he wakes up he knows we are right there so he just needs to know we are still there. Eventually i want to put him in his own room , i think he is still to small he's only 21 months.

Robin - posted on 11/22/2009

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We had to put the baby into a toddler bed just recently because he was constantly climbing out of his crib and I was worried that he was going to hurt himself, yes he does get out of bed whenever he wants but we just walk him back in there tell him no and lay him back down

Brandi - posted on 10/22/2009

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When the child is big enough to climb out of the crib, he (or she) is big enough for a big bed. My youngest is 21 months and we just moved him to the big boy bed. The bed has been there for a long while. He gets the bottom bunk. His older brother has the top. He does pretty well. At first, he got up a lot, but we just kept putting him back. Sometimes he'll climb into bed with a sister or a brother. But as long as the kids stay in bed and be quiet, I don't much worry about it.

Donna - posted on 10/19/2009

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my son is 21 months and so happy in the crib that we will wait until he lets us know he wants out of it. We have a todler bed waiting in the wings but are holding off on it. do you just put a gate in the doorway and the close door most of the way is that how the gate would work? for when the time comes since I would want to confine him somehow.

Stephanie - posted on 10/18/2009

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Now! My oldest was "forced" out at 18-19 months as we were expecting twins soon and needed the crib. We put up a toddler bed and left the crib up as an "option". After the 1st try in the toddler bed....it was "bye bye" crib. With my twins, we too put them in toddler beds around 18 months for no other reason than they seem to love the freedom of being able to play some on their own when they wake up. We've made their rooms as safe as possible (they are both on the 2nd floor of the house) My husband and I are on the main. We do have a camera monitor installed in the ceiling above the bed in both rooms. That way we can hear & see what's going on!

Mandy - posted on 10/18/2009

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My little boy has been in his bed since he was around 16 months...and weve never had any problems

Lindsay - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter had her twin bed in her room for about 2 weeks before we started putting her in it to sleep. She has started taking naps in it (so we are awake while she is in it for now), and as soon as "I" feel comfortable with it she is going to start sleeping in it at night. We put a gate in her doorway(but can still close the door), so if she gets up she can't get into things.

Hannah - posted on 10/09/2009

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it depends on the child, my son was 15 months. he stays in there until we get him out in morning and never climbs out of bed during night. if your child climbs in his/her cot then i would suggest leaving it for a while, especially if he doesnt sleep thru the night

Johanna - posted on 10/08/2009

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Liam who is 20 months has been in a bed for at least 2 months. We put 2 bed guards across which we brought from Argos as i didn't want him getting out and running all over the place like my 4 year old did when she went in a bed. Since he has been in one he sleeps so much better he wasn't happy in a cot .

Marinda - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter has been in her own bed since she was a year old. But it is in my room right next to my bed and against the wall. IF she gets out, which she hasn't even tried yet.. I would hear here. It was an alternative to getting her out of our bed. Whe she's upstairs sleeping and we are not I put the monitor on. If you put a gate at her door so she can't get out and a monitor in her room you'll hear her when she gets up.

Kimberly - posted on 10/07/2009

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with my oldest we puther in a twin bed on the floor so she could get in and out easyer. she was 14 months old. she did very well. i did use a rail. with my 2nd kid put her in a tolder bed at 16 months. i would have put her in a twin bed also but, didn't have one. she's going to be in jan. i want to get her a twin bed. she did very well. some people wait till there kids are two. i think you should try it if you think your kid is ready. i didn't want to put my kids back ito a crib once i swiched them. i did them sme thing when i potty triane my frist kid. took the diapers awaya and she didn't get them back. good luck.

Sami - posted on 10/07/2009

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Both of my kids were put into a big boy bed by 15 months, if they dont want to stay in there bed use a baby gate to block the door and quietly go and see what they are doing every couple of minutes..

Meri - posted on 10/06/2009

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I waited for my oldest to be 2 before he moved to a 'big boy' bed and made a really big fuss. It worked like a charm - he never got up when we put him to bed, a few times he called for his mommy - but that was it! Good luck I know each child handles these things differently.

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I'm afraid that our 20 month old will just get out of bed whenever he feels like it the moment we leave the room if we were to move him out of his crib to a real bed, then he might also sneak out of his room and get into things while we sleep, any suggestions?

Pamela - posted on 10/05/2009

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I showed my little guy his bed at 12.5 months and he took to it great we have decided we will do the same with our youngest ( now 6 months) when he is also 13 months its so much easier before they get attached to it .. both my sons thrash about in there sleep so I don't think a cot/bed would last long after 15 months any way my first could climb in an out of his old cot - his then brother cot) when he was 14 months so its worked otu just in time for us before we had an escapee on our hands

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