are toddler beds necessary

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Jen - posted on 07/03/2011

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If you wish to save money, don't worry about the toddler bed as yes it is a waste of money. I purchased a toddler bed for my then 2 yr old and he used it for a year and my two boys share a room so I needed to buy bunks. My 22 month old is now in the bottom bunk and i just have a safety rail..

Jme - posted on 01/11/2010

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I don't think buying your child a toddler bed is a waste of money because a toddler bed is low enough that they can get in their bed on their own and if they fall out they won't get hurt. Your childs safety is worth the cost of a toddler bed.

Sunie - posted on 01/11/2010

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It depends on the child of course BUT my daughter did great in her toddler bed so I moved ger to a full size at age three and she fell off and broke her collar bone in the middle of the night! Now her bed has no frame and the mattress is on the floor. She loves it like this. Your child may do great in a big bed, but maybe a rail would be good!?!

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All of my children went straight to a twin bed with a guard you can buy at the store. It saved me money and time.... I did start the bed out on the floor though and eventually raise it up. If you are going to do a toddler bed get a plastic one- they tend to like to jump on them and the wood ones can splinter- along with a wood crib that you COULD have re-used or sold.

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i think there are i think there much safer for a little one to get in an out of by there self

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Kerri - posted on 01/13/2010

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No, you don't need them. I bought both my girls king single beds pushed them against a wall and bought a bed rail for the side, and if you are worried about them crawling their way out the bottom during their sleep just buy a second bed rail to place along the end. It works out cheaper than a toddler bed, or in my case two!. My girls are now just 4 and just 5 (13 months apart) and neither of them ever fell out of their beds while the rails were on. Now they are off it is a whole nother story!

Wendy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Convertible cribs seem to be the way to go. That way it isn't a huge change all at once. And because we are having our second baby this spring, and our toddler is just now 15 months, we are able to convert the toddler bed BACK to a crib before the new baby arrives, and get our son his own "big boy bed" now that he has had a chance to get accustomed to a bed. (although we are thinking of going the route of getting him a toddler bed that converts to fit a normal single size mattress, so we can then get him an actual big boy bed when the new baby is ready for a toddler bed!)

Selena - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have 2 girls...they went straight to big girl beds with a side rail and a stool to climb up, as long as you can teach them to put their feet first to come down off the bed... you shouldn't have any problems. :O)

Nichole - posted on 01/13/2010

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no thay are not necessary i did not get one for my son brady it relly all to do on the kid and how good he can get up on it and off it

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2010

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thank you everyone for your wonderful advice! based on your comments i decided to buy a a single bed which is lower to the floor than normal. It is being delivered tomorrow and tomorrow night will be 'big girl bed' night so il let you know how we get on!! Thanks again
xxx

Karen - posted on 01/13/2010

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Nope but they are a nice transition if you don't want them in a big bed. I picked one up really cheap otherwise we would probably go straight into a normal bed. A lot of cots now transform into toddler beds so it's a great way to get more time out of your cot, they are so expensive.

Katrina - posted on 01/12/2010

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a toddler bed i think just makes it easer and may be a little less scary for a small child to get in and out of. as far as if it is necessary to have a toddler bed i am not sure

Kayla - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter sleeps better in a full size bed than she did in her toddler bed. Her toddler bed lasted a few months and we just gave up and moved her to a big bed. She sleeps through the night now.

Sherri - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter began climbing out of the crib so we bought a toddler bed she loved it. We had no problems with the toddler bed and used it through two of our three kids (we got rid of it after the mattress started ripping) by that time we had a bunk bed, then my 4 year old daughter cornered her 2 year old brother and kneed him (can we say OUCH?) so we moved her to a room of her own and the boys shared the bottom bunk until the youngest decided he wanted to sleep on the top bunk.
So the choice is all yours Rachel.

Celina - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter grew out of her bassinett within 3 months and we couldn't afford a cot, so we just bought a new cot mattress and put it on the floor, she's 8 months old now and gets out of bed in the morning and plays with her toys, she can also crawl back into bed when she wants. It also saves the hassle of getting her used to a big bed later and she learns how to get off it feet first and we don't have to worry about her falling a great distance. When she is ready she will get her a big bed. But hey, a mattress on the floor is an option if you are worried about them falling out of a big bed.

Rebekah - posted on 01/12/2010

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i have a crib that converts to a todler bed but since i am expecting i bought a used toddler bed they say its fine till they are age 5 it depends if your going to pass it down like i am then it would be worth your money or get a twin bed that sits low to the floor

Kelly - posted on 01/12/2010

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None of our 4 girls had a toddler bed. They went right from a crib to an adult bed with a rail. Never had any problems... they felt so "old" and we didn't have to spend any extra money.

Jane - posted on 01/11/2010

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we went to a queen bed for our oldest when she was 18 months. she is a thrasher - i was going in a few times a night getting her hands and feet out of the crib slats b/c she was stuck and waking up. so when we were expecting our 2nd, we got a queen bed. they will be sharing a bed later on and it's a nice bed that our oldest can take when she moves out of the house. i put bed rails on both sides that i put all of the way up to the top, flush w/the wall. for me, i think toddler beds are a waste of money and time. my parents didn't have them and they had 7 kids. she has a step-stool that she used for about a week, now she gets herself in and out on her own by climbing. she doesn't get out of bed until she calls for me, not matter what time of day or night.

you can always just take the side off of the crib and transition her that way and save money that way.

Kellie - posted on 01/11/2010

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I say they are a waste of money. My kids went from a crib to a fouton bed, which was great because they are low to the ground. My daughter went to a twin bed once my son needed the fouton, and she adjusted fine, only fell out once. Toddler beds seem so small and the kids grow so fast so they are not in them long.

Rachel - posted on 01/11/2010

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I think it honestly depends on how rough a sleeper your child is. My daughter is 2 and in a toddler bed because she moves a lot in her sleep so she needs the guards and something lower to the ground in case she falls off. However my 3 year old son was in a regular bed at a year and half and we have never had any problems.

Anna-Marie - posted on 01/11/2010

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hi Rachel i think thay are not needit. i have my two year old in a big bed and it was no proumble take care Anna-Marie

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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I think they are a waste of money. I have three children and have never used a toddler bed. They went straight from a crib to a regular bed. I just used one of the small saftey rails that you can get at wal-mart for $15.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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absolutely not. our daughter went from crib to a full sized bed when she was about 15 months old. we just put one of those side catches on it and had it against the wall for a while. she's only fallen out once and she was 18 months old when she fell out - trying to get bunny she said. so really, it's a waste of money. and i hear if you co-sleep when they're babies, you can even skip the cost of the crib. i like to have my own bed after the first coupld months, so we use our crib, but toddler beds are just something to get you to spend more money i think.

Beth - posted on 01/11/2010

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I also think it's a waste of money. I bought one (luckily at yardsale) and my daughter refused to sleep in it. She slept on the floor.I think she was probably 3 yrs old. So we got her a twin bed and painted it for her. She loved the bigger bed. Now we have to find her a softer mattress b/c she says she can't sleep(not comfortable). We did get a side rail so she wouldn't roll off the bed.

Brittany - posted on 01/10/2010

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IKEA can easily solve this problem. They have a ton of beds that go from toddler to twin sized. It's what we did. Of course, we co-sleep, so she has yet to experience that bed, but maybe one day. Ha.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2010

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No they are not necessary. We have one because my brother gave us one and because my son had been climbing out of his crib since he was about 14 months old. At 16 months we gave up and put him in one. He's 2 now. In a month or so we're moving him to a twin bed that my parents gave us. It's up to you and what you need financially and space wise. They're not necessary but I did feel like it was a good transition for my little escape artist.

Kim - posted on 01/10/2010

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We got my son a twin bed when he was 2. We actually bought a bunkbed and used the top bunk with the rails as his bed and put the other one away. The only reason my girls had a Toddler bed was because someone gave it to us.

Kim - posted on 01/10/2010

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No, I do not feel toddler beds are necessary, unless you have a crib that converts to a toddler bed, then yes, I would use that part. There is no magic age to take your baby out of the crib. The only reason would be they are climbing out of the crib or they are physically getting too big for the crib. Of course, if they are getting too big for the crib then a toddler bed probably won't work either b/c it's the same mattress. I think it's okay to skip the toddler bed all together and go straight to the big bed.

Brandi - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have my kids in toddler beds (that I found either on sale or second hand for financial reasoning) in order to be able to use the crib mattress a little longer (as they aren't inexpensive either). However, if you would rather skip the toddler bed step, they aren't really NECESSARY. Wal mart and probably target sell side rails for regular beds to prevent them from falling out. So if you already have bigger beds for them or you only want to have to buy their "bed" once, then go ahead and buy a regular bed, but be sure to get the rails cuz it's farther to fall from a regular bed than a toddler bed. My daughter DID fall out of her toddler bed several times before she realized the edges in her sleep, but my son hasn't fallen out yet (KNOCK ON WOOD) he has only been in his toddler bed for a week. lol. I also chose to use the toddler beds cuz my kids share a room and the toddler beds are quite a bit smaller than the regular beds. HOWEVER, this summer, I'll be on the lookout for a reasonably priced twin sized bed for my daughter who will be turning four this spring and in another year or so will have outgrown her toddler bed. For our family, the toddler bed was less expensive and has bought us a little more time in finding an affordable twin bed for our kids. For you, though, as you stated money isn't really an object, you might ACTUALLY SAVE some money in the long run to buy the big bed first. It's really up to you and your child. Good luck. :-)))

Kristen - posted on 01/10/2010

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When my son was about 16 months we moved him from his cot into a low bottom bunk with a guard rail which worked perfectly for us. I personally think the toddler beds are a waste of time & no-one I know of has ever used one.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2010

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our little one has been in a twin bed since he was around 6mos. he just refused to sleep in a crib anymore.. i think the matress was just too hard for him... but we just did a homemade railing system for it until he got old enough to get in and out of it safely on his own. he's almost 16mos now and the only "railing" on it is one of those that slides inbetween the matress and boxspring. so he's got free run in the mornings so if he wakes before we do he can get down to play in his room without waiting on us... and at night and nap times he can crawl in all by himself and he loves that feeling of freedom. it's really just whatever you feel safest with and what baby will tolerate..

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2010

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With #1, we already knew #2 was on the way by the time he was getting old enough to come out of a crib, so we bought bunk beds and just used one until #2 got big enough to need the other one. So #1 and #2 went straight into those beds. #3 went from a crib into a daybed with a trundle bed for eventual sleepovers, and it gets used rather frequently as it can be pulled out and used in any room. #4 does have a toddler bed, and at 4 she still sleeps very well in it; I plan to keep her in it another 2-3 years if possible. I would by no means say a toddler bed is necessary, but one thing that is nice about it is that it is very low to the floor, allowing ease of getting in and out, and reducing your worry about if they roll out during the night. It also takes up a lot less floor space, so if you would rather have the extra space in their room for toys, it is nice. One drawback to a toddler bed is a parent can't lay down with the child, if that is something you think you might do. I wouldn't say they are a waste of money, because they don't really cost that much and you could use it for several years, and they don't take up much space if you wish to store it in the attic between children. Just some different things for you to consider.

Valerie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Depends on what your most comfortable with. Our kiddo moved out of her crib when she was a year old, so we got a great toddler bed for 60 bucks at once upon a child. She loves it cause she can crawl in and out herself (she was too small for most of the big kid beds) and we probably won't move her to a big kid bed til her sister needs it. But it's all personal preference. Nothing is a waste of money if you truly use it. Heck, I only used the bouncer for my oldest for about 5 months, but the sanity it brought me was well worth the money! :)

User - posted on 01/10/2010

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I do think that toddler beds are a waste of money but, I'm assuming of course that you do not have a convertible crib....If you've already invested in a convertible crib then it just makes common sense to get the full use out of it!

We had a standard crib given to us when our son was born and we are currently in the process of moving our 26 month old toddler into a 'big boy" bed....We chose to go the "bunk bed" route...."Twin over Double".......The bed has a staircase instead of a ladder which we find is safer! You can easily purchase side rails from places like Toys R Us....If you're still concerned about your toddler climbing to the top and falling...Keep in mind that many bunk beds allow you to set up "just the top or bottom" until you're ready to convert it to a "bunk bed" style! For example the bed we purchased allows us to use the upper twin portion separately until later when our son is older and is fully ready for a bunk bed! Best of all - Because it's the upper portion of the bunk bed; it already has a side rail attached! I also think that when converted into the bunk bed that the twin upper bed is a great place to store his beloved stuffies and is perfect for future sleepovers and that the double lower bed allows my husband and I a spot for enjoying cuddle and story time!

We went this route because we have found that most of the toddler beds we have seen are plastic or cheaply made.....Plus, it's just another thing we'll have to replace (yet, again!) in just a couple years....We decided to spend more money now on something that will last well into our son's grade school years! The mattress/sheets and comforter may change frequently from year to year but, the bed should last for many years including those "soon to come" sleepover requests!

We also considered a "Captain's Trundle Bed".....Another great "grow with me" option you may want to consider!

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son hated the baby bed i think he slept in 2 hrs maybe..... at 8 months old he was sleeping on a bottom bunk bed with no problems.... it wasnt high off the floor and we put pillows etc.. i even bought the little tikes bed for him he would not sleep on it and he is 5 now and still sleeping in his bunk bed no my daughter is 9 months old and she LOVES her baby bed and will not sleep unless she is in it so every child is diffrent but do what you feel is the safest

Raven - posted on 01/10/2010

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My daughter went from crib to a day bed. We bought a safety rail for it though, it was only $30 and she loves her 'big girl' bed. I have a friend who moved her son directly to a bunk bed, he was on the bottom bunk, and never had a problem with him either. So yes, I think they are a waste of money.

Elisha - posted on 01/10/2010

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If you have a crib that converts to a toddle bed, I would recommend using it. Depending on your child's sleeping habbits... it would be ok to get a normal sized bed as long as it didn't sit high off of the ground. Some children tend to roll in their sleep and that could pose as a risk to your child, as they could roll off in the middle of the night. The cribs that convert come with a rail on the side. Personally, I bought a crib that didn't convert and most likely will end up buying our son a twin sized bed with some type of rail/side to it. Perhaps a race car bed! They have plenty of cute beds like this that are twin size and can be used for many many years!

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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I think it is easier because they still have the same bed as the crib and it's not to much all at once.

Rachel - posted on 01/10/2010

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are toddler beds necessary? iv been told they are a waste of money and to just get a normal bed but then some normal beds are not suitable for under 5's. money is no object im just really confused!!

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