When to switch to toddler bed??

Katy - posted on 01/23/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Im wondering when I should switch my son to a toddler bed. Im not sure if there are any "signs" to look for to know he is ready, or if I should just do a transition into moving into the big boy bed. Anyone that has some experience with this, I would love some advice.

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Maureen - posted on 01/23/2011

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My suggestion is keep them in the crib as long as possible. We have three children. Our first son climbed out at 13 months. Our last son we tried switching at 18 months and he cried all night. He didn't go over to a day bed style until over 2 years. Each kid is different. Just know that once they are in a bed they can get out.

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Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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I put my 14 month old down for naps in his new room in his toddler bed to get him used to it. He somehow doesn't get out even though the rail we put there is low enough for him to climb over. I thought he'd get out and run away but hasn't. We haven't put him in there at night yet but will soon.

Shannon - posted on 03/27/2011

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Heather I just put a gate up in the door that way if she does get up she just yells MOMMY until I come get her she is 3 now thou and figuring out ways to get out of the gate but being your daughters only 18 months it will work

Christina - posted on 03/27/2011

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my daughter is 14 months and is already in a toddler bed i feel safer with her closer to the floor since she has learned to climb out and over everything.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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We just switched our daughter at 21 months and it's been great. She wasn't trying to climb out of the crib or anything. I was just tired of bending over the crib with my pregnant gut so we thought we'd give it a try. I read all this stuff saying to keep them in the crib as long as possibe. I guess if your kid can open doors it's a problem, but mine can't. She doesn't get out of her bed anyways. She loves it in there. Since we made the switch she's only had one nightmare where she had them every night before. She also doesn't want to come to our room after a nightmare. She prefers her own bed to our room now. So everyone has been sleeping better. Even her naps have been longer. And she doesn't wake up crying anymore. Yeah...I am glad I didn't listen to the advice of others. Ha.

Shannon - posted on 03/27/2011

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I switched my daughter to a Big girl bed when she was 3 and her feet started going off the bed and I think theres a weight limit to on the toddlar beds

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son was in one by 13 months because he was climbing out. My daughter was 18 months when we moved her for the same reason. If your son can get out you'll sleep better if he's in a toddler bed. All kids are a little different. As long as you can up to 2 is usually pretty a good guideline. I had to put gates in front of my kids doors to keep the wondering down to a minimum but they eventually got the message that they needed to stay. Good luck.

Katherine - posted on 03/27/2011

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I wholeheartedly agree with Maureen. Keep them in the crib as long as possible. Mine got out and wandered all over the place. It's much safer for the LO's to be in the crib up to 2yr's old.
I can't imagine having a one year old in a toddler bed, but if it works for some people then I guess that's right for them. I wouldn't recommend it though, just my opinion.

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/27/2011

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All 3 of mine where transitioned at a year old. At first i was worried about them rolling out, but they never did. My advice is just to try him and see how he goes.

Candy - posted on 01/24/2011

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I put mine into a twin bed with rails at a year old. Most people put them in toddler beds or twin beds when they start to climb out or it gets hard for you to pick them up.

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