When is a good age to transition your child to a toddler bed?

Ashley - posted on 04/20/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My husband really wants our 21 month old son to go into a toddler bed. I just dont know if he is ready yet. Any ideas?

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User - posted on 04/22/2009

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I have also been told that the child will tell you either physically or verbally when they are ready for a bed. My daughter, Emma, turns 2 on May 2nd and we are going to purchasing her one with sides. She currently has naptime on a blanket at daycare, and does well with that. I am concerned however that all of our bedrooms are on the second floor. She does like to go up and the down the stairs (with supervision). I guess we will have to pull the baby gate out again.

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son is 17 months old and we are trying out the toddler bed. Things are going well. He knows that he needs to stay in bed at bed time. I think it all depends on the child try it out and see how it goes.

Zarha - posted on 04/22/2009

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my son was 1 1/2 when we first started to get him to go in his big boy bed cause he alwayz wanted to sleep wif us but i was pregnant with my second son at the time so we had to put sides on his bed an go an lay in the bed wif him an read him a story til he fell asleep now hes 2 1/2 an when we take him up to bed he gets his book an jumps in an says this story mummy he doesn't bother tryin to get in our bed now an when he wakes up in the mornin he plays in his room wif his toys for ages hes such a good boy

Antonia - posted on 04/22/2009

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I don think there is really a certain age to switch to the big bed. My mum put my siblings & I in beds at 18 months and my sister did the same with her 3 kids and we all seem to be fine :) My son is 13 m now and he will prob move into his bed at about 18m too. I am sick of his cot already and am looking foward to not having to contend with cot-sized blankets that dont quite fit!

Erica - posted on 04/22/2009

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I think it is a good idea we just put my daughter in a toddler bed and she does reall good. We got it about a month ago and she has been sleeping in it ever since. She is 21 months and she started sleeping in it at 20 months. We do have the sides up but she kows how to get in and out of it. She gets out and plays before she goes to sleep. When she is tired she goes and lays down. We keep her door closed when it is time for her to go to bed so she can't get out and wander around he house or anything.

Kate - posted on 04/21/2009

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My daughter was climbing out of her crib at 13 months (and I had it on the lowest setting-lol) I definitely agree with keeping them in a crib until they can get out...but once they figure that out its safer to put them in a bed (with guards)...Ava is now 2 1/2 and she's happily sleeping in her "big girl" bed

Amy - posted on 04/21/2009

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I say keep them in until they can get out. I once read in a magizine that they really dont get the concept until they are about 3. My little girl is going to be 2 in may and we are going to buy her one but keep her in her crib for as long as we can.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/21/2009

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We transitioned Livy's crib into a toddler bed when she was about 2 years 2 months. She did great .. then she realized she could get up & open the door. So, now, we have a baby gate @ her door during the night & she does just fine. If she needs, us, she calls for us.

Kristy - posted on 04/21/2009

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My daughter refused the cot somewhere around 10 months. She only wanted to sleep in her bed. Everytime we tried to put her in her cot she would scream at us. We couldnt even stand near the cot without her screaming.

I was told when they start climbing out of the cot but it really depends. I think try putting him in the bed for his day-time naps and see how he goes. If it turns out positive then put him in the bed through the night aswell. Its all trial and error, I believe. :)

Emily - posted on 04/20/2009

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We switched our daughter to a toddler bed when she was a year old. She does really well with it, but she also doesn't toss and turn a lot. You usually find her in the same position in the morning that she went to bed in. I would say try it out at nap time just to make sure that he will adjust well.

Stephanie - posted on 04/20/2009

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We switched our son on his 1st birthday since that's when he got his toddler bed. We only let him nap in it for a few days, but he was fine. By the end of the week, he was in it all night too. Just test it out during nap time and see how your son does.

Amy - posted on 04/20/2009

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My kids where both under 2 when we found them climbing out of the crib so we moved them to toddler beds. It just depends on your child.

Mama Trrrracy - posted on 04/20/2009

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they are ready for a toddler bed when they start climbing out of their crib on their own.

Kristina - posted on 04/20/2009

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I've been told..keep em in the crib till they can get out..so thats what I've been doing..Our son is 27 months and still in the crib, we've found him balancing on the sides b4 LOL..but he's still too afraid to get out..so we'll keep it that way..dont need him wondering around when no ones in the room...

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2009

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I started my first son at around 21-24 months. It was hard because he got out all the time and he was too young to really get the concept of discipline/staying in bed, all that. My second son went to a toddler bed when he was about 2 1/2 and he stayed in beautifully. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that my first one stayed in bed so he just stayed in (they shared a room). So it really depends on the child and personality. But I agree with Jennie, make sure he is safe and give it a go!

Jennie - posted on 04/20/2009

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maybe a bit too young..but you could always try with the "sides" you can buy now, all that matters is that your son doesnt fall out the sides.

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