at what age does your baby go from crib to big bed?

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Heather - posted on 03/25/2009

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I had heard that when they turn 2 kids could (should) go to a big bed ... my son turned two and that same week we switched him. He doesn't seem to know what to do with his new-found freedom. He's up playing and we're constantly putting him back to bed. :oP So my advice is that there is no set age ... wait until your child understands what it means to be in a big bed and make it a really big deal! Train them ahead of time to go to bed, go to sleep and that's it. My son always played in his bed for a bit before he went to sleep and we've learned that if we could go back, we'd wait until he was ready. :o)

Tracy - posted on 03/24/2009

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My daughter is 3 years and 3 months old and likes her crib. She has never attempted to climb out and doesn't fight getting in it. She is potty trained but still wears a diaper at night. So, she will probably stay in her crib until she is ready to use the potty overnight.

Fatima - posted on 03/23/2009

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I have a 31/2 year old son and i put him into his big boy bed when he was about 21/2 almost 3. I had to put him in a big boy bed because he knew when bedtime was, pj's, brush teeth, potty and then story, AND he knew how to climb into and out of the crib with the rail being at the highest. Dangerous I know i wouldnt recommend ppl to let this happen honestly but my son never got hurt thankfully, and he is in the 97th percentile for his height so it was really unfair for me to keep him in the crib for so long, i was just not ready for the transition. SO my suggestion to you is to see if your kiddo is 1-climbing in and out of the crib (which pretty much leaves no point in having him/her in teh crib anymore), and see if you are ready for thsi change. It's really about the privacy you get with your significant other honestly. Running around all day with your baby and getting chores done and blablabla its exhausting sometimes you just need you time or just a sappy moment with ur partner and having the baby easily coming out of the crib or not being ready for the big boy bed is a real kill joy. Don't get me wrong. I love my son and love having him everywhere with me, but its important that we give time for ourself too. SO see what HE is ready for and what YOU are ready to handle. :) hope my mini novel helped. hehe

Kim - posted on 03/24/2009

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I have twins that are 2-1/2 - when they started climbing (or falling) out of the crib we had no choice to put them in their BIG beds. Advice: I would try to keep your child in their crib for as long as possible ... once they are in big beds, the freedom begins - yikes!!

Leanne - posted on 03/24/2009

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hi there im going to probley sound the worst but my lil girl was in her junior bed at 6mnths old,for some reason going in a crib did not sit well with her but now she is 26mnths and has been in a sleep routine ever since and now she is learning my mates lil girl wno is 1yr that sleeping in a bed is what "big girls do",when they pop round they lie on her bed and "read" books.

but its always up to you...like the old saying goes "mommy nos best" so go with them feelings xx good luck xx

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Heather - posted on 09/11/2013

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I got my oldest into a big bed at 23 months because we needed to crib for the new baby. that baby is now 16 months old and we are thinking of moving her to a toddler bed as the crib is old an falling apart so it is no longer safe. Any ideas on convincing her to stay in her bed. I am already planing to add a rail to the side that wont have it to keep her from falling out of bed at night. please help me with ideas.

Janet - posted on 03/24/2009

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Hi I do not think there is a certain age persay. Just watch and when your child starts trying to climb out it is time for a big bed. One of mine was as young as 18 months. Depends on the nature of the child. Then you have to look at if the child is getting to big for the baby bed.

Rachel - posted on 03/24/2009

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It's not a specific age, it's when you feel they are ready. We waited until our daughter started climbing out of her crib which wasn't until after her 2nd birthday and we just took the front bars off her convertible crib for a few months before we put her in a real bed. Children are creatures of habit and routine so why change it if what you are doing currently is working for you.

Brooke - posted on 03/24/2009

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Whenever you feel comfortable and feel that your child is ready.  My daughter is nearly 21mo and just last week we put a twin matress on the floor for her to sleep on.  We only did this once she started crawling out of her crib.  In another week or two we'll put the matress on a frame with side rails to keep her from rolling out.  We opted against the toddler bed and went straight to the twin.

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Hi Kellie,



I think it depends on the child.  If your baby is not climbing on anything and seems happy with the crib, I say leave him/her there.  But if your baby is climbing, it may be time.  My son is 17 months old and we will be transitioning him from crib to day bed in 2 weeks.  We would do it now, but we are getting married in 2 weeks and his room will be a guest room until then so now isn't the time to do it.  But as soon as all of our company is gone, we're gonna make the switch.  He hasn't tried climbing out of his crib yet but he climbs onto anything and everything else he can.  It's only a matter of time before he tries to get out of his crib.  We still use a baby monitor so we will be aware when he gets up.  Also, we are going to put a child safety door knob cover on the inside of his bedroom door so that he can't wander the house alone.



Hope this helps.
Joy   

Stephanie - posted on 03/24/2009

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I only switched my son into his big boy bed when he was 2 1/2yrs - I would have kept him in it longer but we were going on vacation and packing two play-pens (we also have a 13 month old) on a plane was not practical along with a stroller, two car seats plus all our regular luggage. He transitioned no problem, but I agree with a PP who said "the longer they're in it, the better!" He wasn't a climber and always felt secure in his crib.

Our 13 month old also is not a climber and still doesn't know how to get off the couch by himself safely yet, so I predict he will be in his crib for a long time as well.

Jamie - posted on 03/23/2009

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i got my daughter in a big girl bed when she was 20 months old i have not had any problems with her falling out while sleeping. Only problems i have is her getting out and playing with toys when she should be sleeping

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Hi Kelly, my son is very tall for his age, and stubborn as I am. lol He will be 3, the beginning of May. We had to convert his crib to a toddler bed back before Christmas. My son was climbing out of his crib left and right. He was 2 years and 7 months when we converted his crib converted to a toddler bed. He was still a little high up off the ground, and does NOT lay still so he would fall out. We got one if the bed rails, and that works perfectly. He sleeps in his own bed all night.But like others have said, it is different with every child.

Jaime - posted on 03/23/2009

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It would all depend. Unless your child is climbing out of the crib, you would keep them in there as long as possible. Usually @ 3 you transition into a bed. My son climbed out before is was 18 months so we had to do it sooner.

Lisa - posted on 03/23/2009

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my son climbed out of his crim one  night around 14 months and i took the side of made it a like a day bed and then when he he was 23 months he was in a twin bed



 

Wendy - posted on 03/23/2009

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I just put my son in a bed a couple of days ago. He will be three in June. If  your child is not climbing out of their crib, I see no reason to rush into putting them in a bed. I am planning on potty training my son in the near future and wanted to get the crib/bed transition out of the way before trying to deal with the diaper/potty transition. I say, the longer you can keep them in the crib, the better!! ;)



 

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2009

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My son is 2-1/2 & he climbed out of his crib well over a year ago but we bought the Crib Tent II to keep him in. It is his personality - he sleeps well in his crib (2 hr naps + 12 hrs at night). There is no way he would stay in a big boy bed. He has never slept in our bed because he will not stay in it, he keeps getting down and running away - and that was when his fever was at 105!

Since I have medical issues and am a SAHM mom who really really needs him to take that nap during the day we've decided to keep him in the crib until he's 3 or 3-1/2. He's getting closer to being ready now - going to bed more willingly, asking for his nap, so maybe we'll all be ready at age 3.

I know my brother and I were each in a crib until age 3-1/2. Reading other responses on here that seems old but do what works for your family.

Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 03/23/2009

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Every situation is unique but for me I say as long as it's safe and they are sleeping well I plan to leave them in the crib. My son turned 2 this month, he's a great sleeper and we have a really solid routine. He can climb out of the crib but he's only done it once and knows he's not supposed to. If he starts doing it consistently then I'll have to do it for saftey reasons, but until that happens I don't want to mess with the routine.



On the flip side, I have two friends with girls who had a lot of trouble sleeping. They both moved them between 18-24 months into big beds and the girls started sleeping really well after the move. Clearly it depends on the child and the parents. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2009

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Fully depends our your situation. Obviously if your child is a climber he or she would be safer in a toddler bed. With our first son we placed him in a toddler bed around 20 months simply because we had another on the way and needed the crib. We wanted to give him a little time to adjust before new baby came. With our second the crib broke so he was put into his toddler bed at 18 months.

Taryn - posted on 03/23/2009

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We put our daughter into a toddler bed when she was able to walk and climb on and off the couch safely to prevent accidents.  she was 13 months, been in a bed now over a year and she loves it :-)



 

Allie - posted on 03/23/2009

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My son is 2 and we decided to tackle the potty training first, and get into that routine before transitioning to the toddler bed. It was kinda rough deciding which to do, we just moved to a new location and I really didnt want to shock him with a lot of changes all at once. We have the potty training routine down, going in every 30 minutes....by timer....he tells me now that it is potty time, so next step is the big boy bed.

Chelsea - posted on 03/23/2009

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hi kellie, i have a son whos 2 next month, and i first moved him into a "big boys bed" when he was 13 months old. if you dont have a side that stops them falling, plenty of pillows on the floor works. another way is removing 1 side of the cot and then the other side so your child gets used to being in a bed. this might help.

Emma - posted on 03/23/2009

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i put my child in her first bed jus after her 2nd bday.but its wen u think they r ready really as my bf sis has boy younger than paige and was in his cot bed at about 1yr old or yonger .gud luck

Chelsea - posted on 03/23/2009

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hi kellie, i have a son whos 2 next month, and i first moved him into a "big boys bed" when he was 13 months old. if you dont have a side that stops them falling, plenty of pillows on the floor works. another way is removing 1 side of the cot and then the other side so your child gets used to being in a bed. this might help.

Chelsea - posted on 03/23/2009

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hi kellie, i have a son whos 2 next month, and i first moved him into a "big boys bed" when he was 13 months old. if you dont have a side that stops them falling, plenty of pillows on the floor works. another way is removing 1 side of the cot and then the other side so your child gets used to being in a bed. this might help.

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