Is it to early to put my son in a toddler bed.

Libby - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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My son is about to turn 2 & he is still in a cot, & I want to put him in a toddler bed but i think it might be a little early.

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Karlisle - posted on 10/02/2010

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hi my son has been in a single bed since feb and he just loves it we only had probs with him gettin out wen bub no. came and he didnt want to go 2 bed at all

Jessica - posted on 09/30/2010

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Devyn has been in a toddler bed since she was 14 months old it all depends on how well your child sleeps

Brandi - posted on 09/28/2010

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my son will be 2 in october and we just moved into a new house on September 1st. When we did that i decided to turn his crib into the next size bed. I believed the bed turned into a twin, however it went clear into a full size bed. So my son is now sleeping in a full size bed with a bedrail on the side to prevent him from falling out. It seems that he loves it! He sleeps the whole way through the night and has no problem getting up and letting himself down off the bed in the morning. Its all about adjustment. Good Luck!

Sandra - posted on 09/27/2010

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My son will be 2 on October 16th and I haven't put him in the toddle bed yet only because I don't think he's ready. He never tries to climb out of the crib and is very content in there. I have #2 on the way due 10/21 so I may try the move after he is born to show him he is a big boy and needs to be in the big boy bed. He just loves to get into stuff so that's my biggest worry!

Leonie - posted on 09/27/2010

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LOL, my daughter moved into her toddler bed at 16 months - had to as I have had another girl. She coped really well - one day she came home from childcare and she had a new bed, Simple as that. First three nights she was a bit unsure and cried, but then didn't hear another thing...! Good luck

Amanda - posted on 09/25/2010

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We will have our older son in a toddler bed by Christmas. I thought it was going to be a little too soon but we want him to get used to a "big boy" bed. I don't think he will have any problems because we are getting him his favorite Toy Story everything.

Anna - posted on 09/24/2010

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My son will be 2 next week. We just started with the toddler bed and it has been a huge success. My son loves Thomas and Friends so we bought him a new train toy and labeled it "the bedtime train". I allow him to go to bed with this particular train, if he tries to get up out of bed and isnt settling, I take tell him that he must give me back the bedtime train unless hes going to lay down and go to sleep. It definitely does the trick because he then lays down and clutches on to his special train which has brought him great comfort at this time of transition. Usually hes sleeping within minutes and he stays in the bed all night. May not be the best technique for other parents but it works beautifully for us and we all get a great night of sleep.

Valeri - posted on 09/23/2010

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I forgot to mention my favorite part of this - Now in the mornings when he wakes up I don't come get him - he comes and gets me. :) We sit in bed for 24 minutes and watch Mickey Mouse with my Husband. We have a great time.

Valeri - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son turned 23 months 2 days ago and I moved him into a toddler bed a week ago. I was so scared but it went great! He wasn't REALLY trying to get out of the crib but I have caught him hiking his leg over the rail. I talked the "big boy bed" up for about a month and then made the transition right after a 2 week trip to visit my parents. I think there are a few key points to his easy transition - 1. I talked it up 2. Even though I had to use the crib mattress, I left the crib set up and told him he'd have to move back to the "baby bed" if he didn't stay in his "big boy bed"; 3. Master Bedroom and Nursery are right next door to each other on the lower level with a gate at the bottom of the stairs. When I tuck him in at night we go through the same routine we did when he was in a crib - I leave his door open but, now I shut our bedroom door. He really has no where to go but the gate. In 1 weeks time I've had 2 occassions where he didn't want to go to bed at night - naps went fine. And to be honest - one time we had company over and the other time he had refused to eat dinner and came out of his room shouting EAT! EAT! After about 20 minutes he went back into his room and to my surprise crawled into his bed and fell asleep. Now on to potty training! :)

Samantha - posted on 09/23/2010

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Hi Libby. My son went from his cot to a single bed back in Feb this year. We put the toddler bed up for him, but he wasnt interested in sleeping in that! He wanted to sleep in his sisters big bed. She was great, and let him sleep in her bed and she slept in the toddler bed till we got another single bed mattress and she got her own single bed. He has a bed that I got from fantastic furniture that has rails most of the way around and draws underneath. So both my kids have been in big beds since 16 months with no problems.

Karen - posted on 09/23/2010

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Hi Libby, we put Amy (2 on holloween) in a big bed with a saftey arm last month. I had not palnned on doing it but a friend offered me a bed and it made more sense to use it and store the cot than visa versa. We have had no problems at all. We left the cot mattress on the floor for 2 weeks just in case she fell out. She plays with her sister in the mornings now and she comes into me in the morning and gives me a big hug. Hope it works out as well for you, Karen

Jen - posted on 09/23/2010

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My daughter went into her toddler bed early (I don't remember how old she was) because we had the opportunity, and when she wakes up from nap or in the morning, she sits and bed and lets us know she's awake just like she did in the crib. She's been in her big girl bed for a few months now, and still won't get up and out of it til one of us walks in to her. Every child is different, but I'm sure he'll do fine for you=)

Liberty - posted on 09/23/2010

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You really have to judge whether your son is ready. My daughter will be 2 in two weeks and she's been in a toddler bed for a couple months--at least!



Part of the reasoning behind moving her was because of her climbing ability and her height--even with the tall sides and the mattress all the way down, she was tall enough and strong enough to climb out of her crib if she wanted (though she never did.) Plus, I was pregnant, and the further along I got, the less I wanted to lift her.



Just remember that if you do it now or later, it will be a struggle for a little while. I still occasionally have trouble with my daughter at naptime, though it's great at bedtime since my husband and I will tell her it's bedtime, and she marches right up to her room and climbs in bed (and most of the time, covers herself up with her blanket!)

Robin - posted on 09/22/2010

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I put my little girls in a toddler bed before they learned how to climb out of the crib. My oldest was about 13 months old and my youngest was about 11 months old and she will be 2 on the 1st of october. if he is still on a cot then he should do really well in a toddler bed. It will show him that you are going to stay consstant with where ever he goes to lay on a cot. I hope that this help!

Jill - posted on 09/22/2010

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I say if he is sleeping well and doesn't try and climb out, then leave him in the bed he is in. My son started climbing out of his crib at 20 months, so we switched to a toddler bed. It was a very tiring process. He would follow me out the door when I would leave, so I had to keep putting him back in his bed. It got better as he got used to the new bed. I think 2 is a good age for transitioning to a "big boy bed."

Anna - posted on 09/22/2010

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oh! and just a tip, i use the supernanny method of putting my daughter to bed. obviously that isnt the only way to get ur child to stay in bed, and you know what is best for your child, but it has worked wonders for my daughter :)

Anna - posted on 09/22/2010

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i think it depends on ur child, some children are ready earlier than others. but if ur son is trying to get out of the crib and stuff like that then i would put him in a "big boy bed" my daughter has been in her big girl bed for almost 3 months. and its been great! if you and ur son are ready for it go for it!!

Louise - posted on 09/22/2010

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I put my son in his toddler bed when we moved house he was only 13 months old and coped well with the change. I must have seemed like a mean mummy because at the same time he also lost his dummy and bottle but at least it was just one time of big changes and I thought since we were moving house it was the perfect time to tell him the cot, dummy and bottle were left at the old house and he was a big boy now.

Nikky - posted on 09/21/2010

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i put both my daughters in toddler beds when they were about 1 1/2 with bed rails and when they learnt how to climb out of bed i took the rails off but put a stairgate at the bedroom door. Now my oldest daughter will be 3 in 2 months and is in a full size bed and no stairgate on the door they know to wait in bed until i get them.

Brooke - posted on 09/20/2010

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Like Many other moms, I changed Jackie into a toddler bed at about a year. She has done fantastically from day, well seven or eight. I have four kids tho and know a lot of tricks and such so rely on a veteran mom and your own maternal instinct, but never trust the mommy phobias. It also depends on the child. Jack is a very independent young lady and likes that she can get out of bed herself to get a doll or a sip of water from the night stand. She feels safer in the bed knowing she ultimately has a choice. Some are more hesitant and prefer the safety and familiarity of the crib. Only you know if he is ready, but as I said previously, if you can, count on a veteran mom that knows you and your child personally for the best advice. Just make sure you trust her to help you make decisions that have your parenting style in mind. Good luck!

Belkys - posted on 09/20/2010

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I think it depends on your child and how you feel they will deal with the transition. As for me my son will hit the 23 month mark next week and I definitely do not think he is ready because I am positive that he will be either falling out or getting up in the middle of the night since he tosses and turns a lot and sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and talks to himself for about a half hour and then goes back to sleep. If he knew he could get out he definitely would so we are waiting, but definitely do what you think is best for your child. Good Luck

Karen - posted on 09/19/2010

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I am about to go through the same transition with my nearly 2 yr old boy. I am worried about him getting out and not alerting me he is awake in the morning..

Emma - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter turns 2 next month we took her straight out of a cot and into a big bed at around 16 months.. she loved being a big girl only had problems for 2 nights with her getting use to the fact that when she is put in bed she needs to stay in bed but that only last few days she still gets out every now and again but i say go for it

Julie - posted on 09/18/2010

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It's never to early to move them to a toddler bed or a regular size bed. It really depends on if you're ready and what you're most comfortable with as well! My daughter will be 2 on Oct 17 and she has been in a twin size bed which is part of a bunk bed since she was about 15 months old. We needed the space in the bedroom because my two kids share a room, so we bought the bunk bed and just have a bed rail on it that works fine. Like I said, do what makes you comfortable, but also, if your son is crawling out of his crib/cot, then he may be ready for the move.

Nicky - posted on 09/17/2010

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hi our wee girl has been in a single bed since she was about 16 mnths old so I think your wee one will be fine in a toddler bed

Alison - posted on 09/16/2010

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Gus has been in a full sized single bed for 4 weeks now and absolutely loves it (has even put himself to bed one night when he'd had enough) only had him coming out for the fist night then put a safety gate in his bedroom door so he couldn't get out of the bedroom, now he stays in bed consistently, good luck

Kim - posted on 09/16/2010

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Our son has been in his bed since July. We skipped the toddler bed because he used one for naps at grandma's house. He is a handful to put to bed, but once in stays in for the night. We gated his door since he is near steps. When he wakes up in the morning, he gets out and comes to the gate. He waits until we are there.

Lisa - posted on 09/16/2010

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My son is almost 23 months and he has been in a regular twin size bed since he was 20 months. We got him a car bed which he loves and put the rails on it so he doesn't roll out. I never used a toddler bed at all. At 18 months I started giving him his naps in his big boy bed but crib to sleep at night but before he was 20 months I let him sleep at night....no issues.

Shoshana (Meddie) - posted on 09/16/2010

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My son has been in he's toddler bed for 4 months now, it is different with every child. But we just recently had a baby in June and that's when we just tried the transition. He is doing very well but he's taken the the "big boy" role very well. So he is so proud that he has a "big boy" bed. You could try your son in a toddler bed or you can wait. Whatever you and him would feel comfortable with.

Sara - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son has been in a toddler bed since about 14 month, he figured out how to climb out of his crib, so into the toddler bed he went.... he's never been one to fall off the bed, but bed rails are usually pretty easy to find if yours rolls around a lot

Bethany - posted on 09/14/2010

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Definitely not too early. My son's been in his toddler bed since July 1st. He still falls out of it from time to time, but it's only because he moves alot while he sleeps. We just keep a blanket and a pillow on the floor where there's an opening. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 09/14/2010

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rebecca has been in her toddler bed for about 3 months now. she loves it but we do get visits in the night sometimes as she can get out. we did hv to do a little bit of controlled crying and putting back into bed for couple of nights at the beginning bit im glad we did it when we did.

Jennie - posted on 09/13/2010

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Our son has been in a toddler bed since he was 18 months and he fights going to bed a little bit but once he falls asleep he does wonders and in the morning he know when he can come in and wake up mommy and daddie.

Lois - posted on 09/13/2010

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I didn't move my son to a toddler bed until he started trying to climb out of his crib. We had a very difficult time with him constantly getting out of the bed. Now that my daughter is almost 2, she still hasn't even tried to climb out of her crib, we'll be waiting until she's older. But every child is different and every experience is different, so I guess it's best to judge for yourself whetherr you think you're ready to help with the transition and if your child is ready too.

Tiffany - posted on 09/12/2010

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@NINA
our first week wasnt hard! in fact, she never once got out of bed when we switched her. there was no issue whatsoever.
please dont make it seem like every kid will have issues with it, that isnt fair.

Tiffany - posted on 09/12/2010

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no way. We put ours in one at 17 mths old.

she did fantastic. basically we used the method that when she was able to safely climb on and off the couches, she was safe enough to go in a toddler bed - and better to do it a little earlier rather than later, because he will be less likely to try climbing out of bed as a game.

Nina - posted on 09/11/2010

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it's up to you and if you are ok with it. My twin girls will be 2 on Oct. 17th and they have been in toddler beds for almost two weeks. if you want to put him in a toddler bed then I say go for it! The first week will be hard. Good Luck!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/11/2010

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We moved our youngest daughter into a toddler bed at about 16 months and a big bed at 18 months, because we were planning to travel and she needed to get used to a big bed. We moved our son at about 18 months, because I was pregnant and not able to lift him. My oldest daughter moved into the toddler bed at around 2, because that's when we got it!!
I like to move them early but I'm possibly a bit impatient for them to grow up!

Ashley - posted on 09/10/2010

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MY SON HAS BEEN IN A TODDLER BED FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOWWW. =) I DON'T THINK IT'S TOO EARLYYY.

Kim - posted on 09/10/2010

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Hi Libby
My girl is just coming up to 23 months and has been in a toddler bed for about 3 weeks. She is loving her new bed and transitioned from the cot without any problems..I think the first night she fell out once (even with the safety rails!) but I am pretty sure this was because she stood up and tried to lean on the side like she did with the cot.

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