Making the Move from Crib to Toddler Bed...

Heather - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is currently 21 months old. She sleeps fabulous in a crib (2 1/2-3 hr naps and 11-12 hrs at night). I'm wondering as she approaches her 2nd birthday if it's time to start thinking about a toddler bed... maybe as her birthday gift from mommy and daddy- big girl room?
Curious how long you waited to move your little one to a toddler/twin bed and any tips for making the transition go smoothly without a ton of sleep loss....
Any tips/tricks/thoughts much appreciated!
Thanks!

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Katherine - posted on 06/03/2011

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My 2 year old just figured out how to climb out of her crib. She had the boxspring taken out too!!! I am going to have to put her in a toddler bed and I think this is the perfect age. You don't want any accidents.

Wendy - posted on 06/02/2011

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My son started standing up and trying to crawl up the sides of his cribwhen he was 11 months - we moved him into a toddler bed at 13 months. He was much happier to be able to get out of bed if he wanted, he also was very good with sleeping, so if he was tired, he WOULD sleep in his bed. We would gate his doorway rather than shut the door until he was about 2. Our daughter, got the toddler bed when she was 12 months - she did NOT like being cooped into a crib or play pen. She only ever fell out of the toddler bed once, and she LOVES it. It depends on the kid, if your ready, and they are showing signs of being fed up with a crib, or can craawl up the sides etc then it might be a good time. it is always a nerve wracking transition - but also exciting =) You can also get bed rails of various lengths to ease your mind about rolling out of bed, but they do learn fast!

Sandra - posted on 06/01/2011

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I left my twins in their crib up until they were 2 1/2 they never tried climbing out of their crib and they slept extremely well. I just decided to take one side off their convertible bed and see how they went. After a few falls whilst sleeping.. i decided to convert in into a junior bed. they do tend to get out and play with eachother before they go to sleep but they never come out of their room. Its just a part of growing up i guess..Im sure if ur daughter is a good sleeper the transition should be quite easy :)

Kelsey - posted on 06/01/2011

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i moved my daughter into a toddler bed shortly after her first birthday... she was not liking her crib at all she wouldnt climb out but she would just cry and freak out everytime she would be in there even if we put her to bed before moving her in there.... when we swiched to the toddler bed we just put up an extra bedrail that you use for a twin bed and it covered the rest of the opening and she loved it never climbed out or anything she is now 2 and a half and does not use the rail anymore and still calls for us to come and tell her she can come out.

Brittany - posted on 05/30/2011

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She will love it.....just be prepared.

When we put our oldest in a toddler bed for the first time we woke up to....cereal all over the floor, opened bags of chips, banana peels, half eaten pop-tarts, emptied juice boxes, syrup covered children, and this was my daughters favorite thing to do:

2 A.M. she would get out of her bed sneak across the house into our room (we leave our door open) get nose to nose with one of use and sequel as loud as she could. We would jump and she would laugh as hard as she could call us "Silly" and go back to bed.

We tried cheap gates, expensive gates, tall gates, short gates everything you can imagine except locking them in their rooms.

Megan - posted on 05/30/2011

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I d say shes ready! Really the toddler beds are already low to the ground. That would be a nice 2nd birthday present. We did for my toddler as well!

Heather - posted on 05/28/2011

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Thanks for the thoughts, ladies. My primary concern was if she's too young to do it, but obviously many of you have moved younger kids than she is! We were thinking of getting the "big girl bed" as her bday present and letter her choose bedding and help set up the room in order to get her invested in it. We'll leave the crib up anyway and if she needs to go back into it a couple times (like she asks or something), then we can do that. My biggest thing is that we have another on the way and I don't want her to feel "displaced" from even her bed b/c of a new baby... she'll have enough to deal w/in that transition as it is!

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2011

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My son we switched at 13 months and my daughter at 18 because of climbing. We put gates in front of their doors to keep them in their room. Maybe do it over a weekend just in case you have problems. Mine took to the beds right away and I didn't have too many problems. Making it a part of her birthday might be more exciting for her.

Adrienne - posted on 05/27/2011

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My 4 boys are 4 yrs(on june 26), 3 yrs*(on june 26th), 13 months and 6 weeks old. My two older boys we moved into beds at 15 months old and our 13 month is in a toddler bed. It took a few weeks of chasing them back into bed and letting them cry but after that no problem. We are having a few issues with our 13 month old because he is use to being rocked but this is the earliest we had to use the crib for 6 week old since he was so big when born that up to 4 weeks old he was just to big for the bassinet. We let our boys help make their bed when we first introduced the beds and they loved that! Good Luck!

Medic - posted on 05/27/2011

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We switched our oldest at 16 months and our youngest at 14 months. Our oldest(son) was switched because he was climbing out and our daughter we switched because one day she napped in her brothers toddler bed and refused to go back to the crib. With our son we just took the crib down packed it away and gave him the toddler bed my dad and I made. We had no problems and never had to shut either of them in their rooms in any way. My daughter at 16 months understands "get into bed and lay down" just fine. My son slept in his toddler bed for 3 years before it was hijacked by his sister. New paint and new name plate makes it hers. I think that sometimes parents don't give their kids enough credit for what they understand. Our son knew to come wake us up first thing and he never got into trouble and with our daughter she wakes up her brother and he comes and gets us.

Kristina - posted on 05/27/2011

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My daughter is also 21 months old and she sleep perfect too. We did convert her crib into a toddler bed when she was 19 mons old but she would wake up in the middle of the night crying and she just didn't like it. We put her crib back together and shes back to sleeping great. I think we are going to wait until she tries getting out of her crib.
Good luck!!

Laura - posted on 05/27/2011

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We switched our son to a toddler bed at around 19 months because he was getting too good at climbing the bars and we didnt' want an accident. As for the transition, it worked well for us because we have one of those convertable cribs that changes to a bed. The first night, we just took down the one set of rails and replaced it with a bed rail, so he still had the security of the other three walls. After a few nights, I took the rest of the crib walls down leaving the little bed. It was good for him because he still recognized it as 'his' bed. It's been nice too because in the morning, he can get out of bed on his own and play with his toys for a bit before he wants me to come get him (which means a little more sleep time for me.

My plan will have to change though when he learns how to use door knobs and escape his room!

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2011

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My daughter is 2.5 years old. She still sleeps in a crib, and is just now trying to figure out her escape plan. I think we'll make the switch here pretty quickly. She sleeps well, too. She has been late on talking so we were not sure if we could get the message through to her to STAY in her bed, so the crib has given US peace of mind. We feel like she understands what we say now. We just thought, why fix something that's not broken. Every kiddo is different, so I'd just wait until the crib becomes more of a pain than a plus.

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