when should i move my son into a toddler bed?

Nikki - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am just looking for advice from other mums as to when is a good time to get my son into a bed rather than a cot.



He is only 1 so I assume I still have a while to ponder this question, so when did you put your children into a toddler or regular bed for that matter, and how can you tell if they are ready??

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Tara - posted on 09/16/2009

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We put our daughter into a toddler bed a little before she hit 16 months - we were going to wait a bit longer (at least until 18 months, just before our 2nd arrives) but she started climbing (and falling) out of the crib, so we thought a toddler bed was a shorter drop :) She's been super in the toddler bed and is a restless sleeper. We just put some pillows around the edge of the bed for the first few days, and will be buying a safety rail just in case, although she's been pretty good so far :)

Michelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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You could try it now. Some little ones don't like the toddler beds until they are older because they like the "safety" feeling they get from having "walls" around them so they don't feel like they can fall. If he is a "wild" sleeper, if you put him in a toddler bed, you might want to put one side up against the wall and a safety rail on the other side.

I tried putting my daughter in a toddler bed when she was two (had to put it at the end of our bed so she felt safe). She didn't like her crib and refused to sleep in that so she slept with us in our bed until then.

Personally, I wouldn't go to a regular bed, twin or otherwise, until he can get in and out of it by himself without falling. Those are too high off the ground for the little ones.

You could always try the toddler bed for a week or so to see how he likes it. If he doesn't seem to have any problems with it, he is most likely ready for it. Each child is ready at different times.

Hope this helps you. Good luck!

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Samantha - posted on 09/24/2009

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I knew my daughter was outgrowing her crib, when she started climbing out of it. At first, she would TRY to climb, so I raised the side rails, then once she starting to successfully get out, I put her in a toddler bed. Now, she's 3 and because she's such a wild sleeper, she has her own full size bed. If I were you, I wouldn't worry about switching him to a big boy bed until he starts trying to figure out ways to get out.

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009

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My pediatrician told me that when the bar on the crib reaches her nipples, then it is time to switch. When it gets there, she can lean over and fall out of the crib, or start to climb out.

Christy - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter would climb out of her pack-n-play and get into her twin bed that was in her room for family guest who stay over. This was when she was about 18 months old. My biggest fear was what if she fell out. We would tuck the covers under the mattress on the side that was away from the wall. Then we stacked pillows on the floor. We never had a crib or a toddler bed. My daughter chose for herself when she climbed out of her pack-n-play(which has been her bed since she moved out of the bassinet.) She climbed into the twin bed and slept great. Now she is 25 months and if full-time in a big girls bed.

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We put our son in a toddler bed at 17 months. I had a friend who put her daughter in a toddler bed at 15 months. I did the switch right before his afternoon nap so that way I was awake and could keep an eye on him. We had one of those cribs that turned into a toddler bed and we just bought a side rail which gave him a small space to get out of which was fine with him. The first time he got out of the bed and was knocking on his bedroom door so I firmly told him that it was nap time and he had to stay in bed and never had any problems with him after that. So I recommend when you do the change to do it during afternoon nap time. He just turned two and is now in a loft style twin size bed with a slide and the side rail of course and we have not had any problems with that either. Good luck!

Mel - posted on 09/17/2009

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i generally took the cues from my boys, if they showed interest in a bed and especially when they started climbing out of their cots. Both of them were just before 2 years old when this happened.

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