Toddler bed yet?

Jenn - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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Hi I have twin boys that are 18 months and sometimes sleep all night and other times don't . I am wondering when is the best time to try out a toddler bed? DO they give you any signs they are ready?

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Brittany - posted on 04/19/2010

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I aked my daughter's dr about this at her 18 month check up and she made a good point. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It won't hurt your boys to be in their cribs a little longer as long as they are safe and happy. Lots of moms feel pressure to do things because they need to keep up with other families. I am choosing to keep my daughter in her crib a while longer. I want to wait until she better understands the concept. She is safe in her crib and sleeps well. Why mess that up for her?

Elisabeth - posted on 04/21/2010

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I have twin boys, too, just a few weeks older than yours. One of them was never a good sleeper and it was tough to get him to sleep long at all in his crib. The other twin is a great sleeper, though.

A little over a month ago I started letting the poor sleeper sleep on top of a bed we had in their room. The bed was actually a small couch that folded out to a bed, and is a lot like a toddler bed in that it was low to the ground and the couch arms extended to form a protection from falling off the bed. That was when we all started getting a good night's sleep. This poor sleeper started sleeping all the way to sunrise, which was much better than the 2am and 5am wakings!

After a couple of weeks of this, however, our good sleeper started waking in the night upset because he, too, wanted to be in the big-boy bed. There wasn't room enough for the both of them so we decided it was time to graduate them both to beds.

We opted for regular twin-size beds and skipped the toddler bed entirely. The reason we did this was because I feared that our previous-poor-sleeper would not sleep well in a toddler bed due to the crib-like slats on the side and the small width of a toddler bed. I was finally getting sleep after 2 years of interrupted nights and I didn't want to give it up!

We've had tremendous success with the twin beds! We put a thick pad in between the beds at night to soften any blows from them falling out. They fell out a few times the first week but they are getting a lot better at sleeping in the beds. We only just two nights ago started putting the comforter over them, and before that they just slept on top of the bed.

I love getting sleep!

That being said, every child is different and every twin dynamic is different. Graduating to beds worked really well for us and I learned later that our pediatrician, who also has twins, had great success graduating her children to twin-size beds early, too.

Sharice - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter is now 18 months and has been sleeping in a double bed since she was 14 months old. Our biggest decision to move her was because she was getting so tall, jumped TOO much in the crib and overall did not sleep well. We had a futon that was on a bottom bunk bed and have used that ever since. At night, she sleeps well - we put a baby gate in her doorway so that when she wakes up in the morning she does not go wandering around the house. Hope this helps.

Rikkie - posted on 04/17/2010

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my son has been climbing out of his crib for 6 months now. he does not sleep thru the night, but he seems to do fine in our bed or on the couch..so a toddler bed may not be a bad idea

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When my son who is now 6 went into a toddler bed when he was about 20 month's...we would actually put a baby gate in his bedroom door that way he could not leave the room and he would yell for us when he woke up in the morning. Of course you have to make sure there room is completely baby proof, and we also used a monitor so we knew when he got up. My daughter is now 19 month's although she is a little bitty girl and not ready to leave the crib yet, we will definitely do the same with her.

Carla - posted on 04/30/2010

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Well my first son was in a toddler bed by 18 months because he kept crawling out of his crib. So for his own safety we put him in a toddler bed. Our 18 month old son we have now is quite content on staying in his crib. So I guess it really depends on the child if they are ready or not. If you feel that they are ready, I would say try it and see how it goes.Good Luck!

Caitlin - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter is 19 months and still in a crib. I always thought you should put them in a toddler bed before potty training but I have had several friends potty training very successfully while in a crib. I agree that if they are happy and safe in their crib you don't need to change. My daughter is tall but does not try to climb out of the crib at all so I will leave her in there for a while. I would definitely move a child into a toddler bed if they are climbing out because that could be dangerous.

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2010

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I put my daughter in a toddler bed the week after she started walking. Which was around 16 months. I'm a first time mom so I don't really know when the doctor approved time frame is, but she does great in it. She fell out of bed a few times the first week. Thankfully I had laid down a bunch of couch cushions just in case. Now she never falls out of bed and I even get an extra hour to sleep in the morning cause she just gets up and plays with her toys whenever she feels like it.

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2010

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The only sign that my 19mth old has given me is climbing out. Once they can do that it is safer for them to be in a toddler bed so that they don't hurt themselves trying to get out. I am pretty sure that this is the age that I put my other 2 boys in toddler beds also. I also bought an extra railing to go on the side of the bed so they couldnt roll out in their sleep.

Randa - posted on 04/29/2010

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well my daughter is 19 months old and I will try to move her to a toddler bed at age 2 years old..as now she knows that her crib is only for sleeping at night...
I think it should be starting age 2 not less...

Anyways, it is up to you try but I advise starting age 2

Maxine - posted on 04/28/2010

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I am not switching for a long time, not until she's atleast 2. The only way i'll do it is if she starts climbing out of the crib and that would be dangerous. I just don't think i could sleep knowing she's wandering around her room at night.

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My Little Guy will be 20 Months on May 2 and We Just recently Put Him in a Bed! We made Our Decision on the Fact that He wouldn't Stay in His Crib lol!! So Far so Good!!.When He's Put in His Bed He lays Down and goes right to Sleep!

Melissa - posted on 04/28/2010

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My youngest of 4 is 19 months and was a climber as he hit 12 months. I wasn't ready for him to be in the toddler bed yet since I don't want him get hurt if he wakes in the middle of the night. So instead of a toddler bed we were able to find a crib tent. I have had one for all of my children and it zips closed so the child cannot climb out of the crib and get hurt. I personally have been successful getting my older 3 into toddler beds shortly after their 2nd birthday but every child is different.

Jonelle - posted on 04/28/2010

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you know when they are ready. i put my child in when she was 13 months and she was good never fell out and slept better in her bed than she did int he cot they say they will sleep better in bed than a cot

Suzanne - posted on 04/27/2010

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It is recommended to keep babies in cribs until 3 years old or unless they are trying to climb out. Moving to a toddler bed too early can cause many sleep problems, already considering that you twins don't seem to consistently sleep through the night. What is the rush? Especially twins where it may be more difficult a transition since they can wake eachother up and get out of bed. I wouldn't be in a hurry for that.

Christine - posted on 04/27/2010

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Both of my boys were in toddler beds at 14 months....yes 14 months, neither one of them woudl sleep int heir cribs anymore. My youngest Braydon would not sleep in his crib since he was 6 months old, it was like he was terrified of it, he'd fall asleep on the floor or on the couch, the moment you just touched his back on the mattress he would start to scream as if you were murdering him. It was strange, but just after his first birthday we got him into a Big boy bed, and he sleeps just about through the night now. Now he is 19 mths old and he goes to bed on his own, both of my boys do, u'll find them asleep in bed, without puttin them there.

Laura - posted on 04/27/2010

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we put our son in a toddler bed at 16 months because i was expecting his brother!! so we bought the bed and assembled it the week before and rearranged the bedroom for extra saftey and put a gate on the door, we took our son to play upstairs in his room for half an hour each day and told him all about the big boy bed he would be sleeping in soon!! he ignored it the first couple of days but by the end of the week couldnt wait to get in it and that was it........first night we put him in it he slept straight through and has every night since, he gets up in the morning and plays with his toys for a bit before we get up!! his brother is nearly 3 months now and i think i could confidently put him in the cot without my firstborn thinking he has stolen it!!!!!!!!! good luck

Jamie - posted on 04/26/2010

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We switched our 19-month old over to a toddler bed about a month ago. At first, we were very nervous because of him being able to have complete access to everything in his room. The first week was rough and we eneded up letting him sleep in our bed half or most of the night. After that week though, he only cried for a couple minutes after putting him in his own bed. His schedule has changed though as he stays up later and wakes up later, but I think that helps because he is more sleepy and willing to go in his own bed. He has done pretty well lately. Good luck!

Daphne - posted on 04/26/2010

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Our 19 mo old has been in a twin bed for over a month now. Having 2 older kids I felt that it was best to move directly from a twin instead of a toddler bed. Mostly b/c she likes the bigger size bed but also so we can avoid yet another transition in another year or two. I did place the older two in toddler beds, when they were around 2. Mostly b/c they would try to dive out of their cribs. With our youngest, we recently moved a long distance and it made more sense to transition with the move.
Just do whatever feels right...you'll know.

One more suggestion, I would strongly recommend when you do switch form a crib, not to go back and forth and merely try the toddler bed....just do it. It may be stressful for a few nights, but I know we let her pick out her own bedding and she was just fine with the transition. If you're concerned about the toddler getting into things, I would hold off for a while, unless they are trying to dive out of the crib. Sharing a room with her older sister, we don't really have the concern.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son just turned 19 months & the only times he has slept through the night were after the millions of shots he'd get from the drs. & the first couple of days that he started daycare. I'll put him in his crib at night & by 1230-1 he's up! If I bring him into my bed or go lay on the couch with him we have no problem, he'll sleep through the night. We've never had a problem with him falling off the couch or the bed so we were thinking it might be time to do the switch... In hopes that this will make bed time much easier for mommy & daddy (and maybe daddy can move back into the bed instead of the couch! lol)

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2010

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My son is a climber, so we put him in a toddler bed at 14 months. He hated his crib, didn't like the feeling of confinement I think, but he loved sleeping in our bed. He loves his bed, especially the Cars sheets lol. We would have waited longer, but he wasn't sleeping well at all and after we got the toddler bed he started sleeping much better. He comes straight to our room in the morning to wake us up and snuggle for a bit, so him wandering the house isn't a worry either.

Laura - posted on 04/24/2010

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I would wait till they try to climb out. Mine is 19 months and climbed out a month ago. He likes the ability to get in and out by himself, but is now fighting sleep and not sure how to let him "cry it out" when he can stand at the door. Seems like there are a lot of kids having this problem around this time, so I would wait unless you have to for safety or know your kids will stay in bed and sleep. Good luck! Hard decision.

Joni - posted on 04/24/2010

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Kristen is 19 month and sleeps well in her crib. I'm in no hurry to move her. She goes down with no fuss, stays asleep all night and never once has tried to crawl out. Once she starts doin that...might think about it. But will probably hold off till sometime between 2-3... why rush them?

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2010

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Abby is 19mos old and sleeps really well throughout the night in her crib. She has never once tried to climb out. She's seems content, so for the time being we plan on keeping in her crib.

Trisha - posted on 04/24/2010

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My daughter is 19 months too, her birthday is September 21, 2008!! She moves soo much during the night, and has actually climbed out of her crib ( we had to turn it around, so the front is towards the wall!) I keep waiting for signs, but like I said, where my daughter moves around so much, I'm actually afraid to put the toddler rail on her crib! I think they will give you signs that they are ready when they are. I'm not an expert, I'm a first time mom, so I just take every precaution!

Charlotte - posted on 04/24/2010

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I put my 14 month daughter into a big bed, as she was able to climb out of her cot.
She seemed to love going to her bed at night, sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night, and I have found her on the floor near her door, but other nights she is fine, she does have a side rail, to stop her from rolling out.
I think she has settled well because her sister who is 5 sleeps in a big bed.

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2010

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i have twin boys too, they will be 19 months on the 25th and are still in their cribs. they normally are more then willing to go "nigh nigh". 1 is a great sleeper and always sleeps 10-12 hrs straight through the night. the other was sleeping through the night about 75% of the time, when he did wake up he would cry for a few minutes but usually go right back to sleep after we give him his nuk and lay him back down. over the past week tho he doesnt want to go to bed and has been waking up around 3am every morning and screaming even after we do the usual. if i go in to comfort him it only makes it worse and i dont know what to do! i dont want to take him out of bed because then he'll never want to stay in it. THANK GOD his twin is used to it and doesnt wake up!

Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2010

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Well if they aren't trying to climb out then I'd say "whenever you want to!" My son stayed the night at his aunts house & slept in a toddler bed there & did fine so when he came back home we just switced...he loves it...granted he gets out now & comes & gets me out of bed...but he still wakes up 2-4times a night..bed he likes the independance

Lisa - posted on 04/23/2010

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I totally agree with Brittany. My son is 19 months and is an amazing sleeper in his crib. He asks to go nigh night. He never misses his afternoon nap and sleeps straight through the night. I actually just bought him the Step 2 stockcar bed yesterday which coverts from a toddler size bed to a twin size bed. I am almost positive it will sit in my garage and will only be used as a twin size bed because my son may stay in his crib until he is a few months past 2. At this point he is so good in his crib I really don't see the harm in changing it up on him. Although his new bed is the cutest freakin thing I have ever seen and I am extremely excited for him to use it. I will never ever rush this transition. There is no need to.

Kelly Smith - posted on 04/22/2010

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My youngest is turning 19 months on the 24 and we are going to try a toddler bed with him this weekend. He is very active and is jumping in his crib a lot, so we want to get him in a bed before he gets the idea of trying to get out of the crib. We didn't get our oldest out of a crib till 2 and a half, and he was use to sleeping on a cot at daycare. But we put him right into a regular bed with side rails. Since our youngest is moving up sooner then his brother did, we got a toddler bed so that he would be closer to the ground if he rolls out. We are also putting a gate on his door and one going down the steps so if he does get up and wonder around. Not sure if any of this helped..I think it is really just a try and see thing. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 04/22/2010

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Hi, i switch at 14 months, he showed no sign of being read to move just he is advanced for his age around... he is 19 months now and we never looked back he loves it but as with his cot we have the old nightmare night but to be honest it gave him the choice if getting up and playing in his room in the morning it we were sleeping... hence he doesn't do this much more head straight to his door and knock and shout for us... lol but most mornings i think he is up before us rattling round in his room. I do keep thedoor shut and also a safety gate across as well if he manages to open the door i know he is still safe... I think in stead of looking at it as waiting till he can't be left in a cot then move him, i flip on its head and asked is he safe enough and able enough to be in a bed... He is tiny in height, and has only just managed to be able to climb back on the bed everytime he tries...this was my biggest worry, but no kid will opt to get back in themselves and go back to sleep so i dismissed that one, it is a very low toddler bed with head guards and was choosen very carefully to be as safe as poss... Good old John lewis hit the mark and at a brilliant price, the cot mattress fitted straight in, so in the end there really was no reason not to... and Thankfully he loved it.. But like with anything once you do it, theres no going back, however bad it gets... i have spent hours at night just putting back in bed because he didn't want to sleep, with a cot you put them there and they can't get out... thats is the only time i wished the cot back... speaking of back, my back is ten times better for not trying to bend of a cot, and now i also get cuddles and books in his bed with him... its lovely...

Kathy - posted on 04/22/2010

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Hi I switch my son who is now 19mths to a toddler bed at 15mths. I was worried at first of him rolling out of it or getting up in the middle of the night without me knowing. But he hasn't done any of that. When he was in a crib he was beginning to refuse to sleep in it, and when i would rock him to sleep then place him in the crib he would wake up. So at first i borrowed a toddler bed tried it over the weekend. amazingly at bedtime he crawled in layed down i sat there sang him his lullabys has normal and out like a light all night. he was ready i guess he felt trapped in his crib. but when he does wake up in the middle of the night he comes to my bed to get me.

i was mainly worried since my son is a climber he would figure out how to climb out of the crib so i eliminated that worry before it began.

Alicia - posted on 04/21/2010

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My little boy is 19 months old this month and has been in a toddler bed since he was 13 months. I was worried about him getting up before me and destroying the house at first, but so far, so good. He always comes to my bed first thing in the morning and lays back down with me for a little while until we get up for breakfast. I wish he would've stayed in the crib a little longer but I was afraid he would fall out and hurt himself. He's just too big for his own good.

As far as getting him to stay in his new bed when we switched him over.... He was pretty good about it. I just laid him down at his normal bedtime, after dinner and bath time, and he normally sleeps all the way through the night in it as long at he gets his normal bedtime routine.

Twin boys though, whew! My son has twin cousins (boy & girl) who are just 3 months younger than he is, so they aren't much different in size but they are a handful. Best of luck to you.

Kyla - posted on 04/20/2010

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We moved my son to a toddler bed at 18months. It was so smooth I was surprised. We have only had one night where he cried a little bit. He loves his bed!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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My almost 19 month old is only 30 inches tall, so until she climbs out of the crib (or we start potty training) I am going to keep her caged in the crib, lol! I am pretty sure she'd just get up at night and destroy something. Ugh.

Tassia - posted on 04/19/2010

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I put my daughter in a bed at 14 months with no problems at all, she goes to be at 7:30pm and wakes up at 7am she takes her nap at 12:30. It's been 5 months and she is still loving her bed.

Samantha - posted on 04/19/2010

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You have to find what my husband and i call the "sweet spot" We have watched since birth my sons development mile stones. He was late for birth, but early for everything else, starting sleeping all night at 6 weeks started crawling before sitting and started walk at 12 months and 2 weeks. We switched him to a toddler bed at 14 months, would have been sooner then that but we couldn't afford a toddler bed until then. He is now 19 months and loves going potty like a big boy. I guess the signs for us that Trevor was ready for a toddler bed was he kept trying to take naps in my bed or his sisters bed (toddler bed as well) and signs that he wanted to go potty was he kept going to the potty and trying to put the big kid potty on the adult potty like we do for his sister (my step daughter) and he will not let a female put him on the potty it has to be his daddy or papa.

Angie - posted on 04/19/2010

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WHen DUncan climbed out and we had the crib lowered ALL the way was my sign. Ididnt want him climbing out in the middle of the night and getting caught up and hurting himself, I would have felt just awful if that happened. He ussually sleeps throught the night but there are some nights that we have to put him back in bed, just be consistant. Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son has been in a toddler bed since 15 months and it went over smoothly! He also showed every sign of being ready, he would grab his blanket cup say night night and go to his crib. Nap times were a little hard I think because its light out. Now we have night time issues but its not because of the toddler bed. My biggest concern was how much he tosses and turns in his sleep, but we got him a soft rail that goes more than halfway down his bed and have no issues. I'm no expert but I think 3 and 4 years old in a crib is ridiculous! What happens when you start potty training? Do you cut of the potty at night time? Doesn't sound smart to me, but your twins aren't even 2 yet so there is no rush, I would imagine it would be a little harder with two in the same room because of wanting to get up and play with each other. Just start with a rule of no play at bedtime the very first night and stick to it, maybe they will be so excited to have a big boy bed they won't be tempted at all!

Marilyn - posted on 04/17/2010

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I put my 18 mth grandbaby in her on bed about 3 weeks ago she loves it and if she wakes up before us there are books for her on the bookcase headboard, she will lay there and read them most of the time.

Heidi - posted on 04/17/2010

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I have twin girls (who are now 6 years old) and we put them in toddler beds at 21 months. For us, it was quite the nightmare, they wouldn't settle or stay in bed for nothing. One of them would get frusterated and started biting the other also. We ended up clearing out the spare bedroom and giving them each their own room. Then all was well and they did fine.

The good new is that we did need to put them back in the same room when they were 4 1/2 (when we were pregnant with #3) and now they do just great.

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Well two things to consider, are they trying to actively climb out of their cribs and second are they too tall for their cribs (my son's crib was only good for 33 1/4 inches tall).



My son went into a toddler bed with no issue at 15 months of age. We moved him that early because he is a climber and managed to shimmy his way up his crib rails and fall out. Now I was paranoid he might attempt this feat and had been placing pillows out around his crib so he had a cushioned fall.

If he hadn't climbed out then we would have had to move him to the toddler bed this past month (he's 19 months on the 20th) because when he went for his 18 month check up he measured up at 34 1/2 inches tall.



The biggest challenge we faced was nap time. He wanted to stay up and "read" his board books. I got lucky and didn't have to do more then go lay him down and tell him to sleep 2-3 times before he settled.

I would say he sleeps through the night about 70% and the other 30% he fusses 2-4 times sometimes because he is teething, over tired, thirsty or suffering night terrors.



Also we are fortunate that he likes to "read" his books so if he gets up with the sun he will bring all his books to bed and "read" to his comfort stuffies.



Otherwise if they are happy in their cribs, I wouldn't worry about transitioning them just yet.



Good luck!

Caryn - posted on 04/16/2010

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We're gonna put our 19 month old in one to try it this weekend. He hates his crib, but if we put him in our bed and leave the room he'll go to sleep without crying. I know others whose kids are still in a crib at 2 and 3 years old. I think the biggest concern is what they can get into if they wake up and don't wake you up first. The parenting book I have says at 35 inches or when they start trying to climb out.

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