At what age did you Transition your child into a Toddler bed?

Audrey - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My son is 16 months and I think I want to get him a toddler bed is it to soon?

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T - posted on 03/12/2010

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if you don't need the crib for another baby, I'd wait until he is close to 2 years old. My daughter found the transition to be very tough, so personally, I'd do it as late as you feel that you poss can. Enjoy the days of your son being a baby and being in a crib b/c this is one action that validates that he is becoming a big boy. I actually found it to be somewhat sad. Don't rush yourself or him just enjoy!

Shelley - posted on 02/14/2010

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My advice dont move them to a toddler bed until they try to climb out.Which my 1st started doing at 18-months.He didnt even want the side rail on.(he's now 4) But my 26 month daughter is still in her crib & hasn't tryed to get out.I w/keep her in as long as we can,until she trys to climb out.I figure she w/try to get in bed w/us when we do it.But,you w/do what works best for you & yur family.Good luck!! P.s.my son did not try to get in bed w/us,he did like his new bed,only when he was sick or teething!

Mary - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping in a toddler bed since a little after her first bday,get one with rails on the sides,just start him off taking naps in it first to see if he's ready,and you can better watch him also.And make sure you baby proof,gates,moniter,plug protecters,no small toys in room,and its more scary for you than them lol

Tracey - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi Audrey,All my 4 children went into their big beds when they started to climb out of the cot,for the first week we just left the cot side down so they wern't climbing so high but they continued to climb out so I moved them after putting them to bed on the first night we had them come out a few times but this didnt last past the 3rd night ,they felt more grown up and had more space and just seemed happy to be there in their BIG beds.Good Luck it can be a trying time but be cosistent and your son will soon get the drill of going to bed in his new big bed.I think they all ranged between 16 and 20 months,make it exciting take him shopping for the bedding let him select from a few doona covers you like giving him the final choice Best of Luck

Sonia - posted on 02/08/2010

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Wellllllllllll, we did it at 15 mo as we wanted her to be out of her crib so we could give it to the new baby coming in a few months..........this was almost a year ago, and she rarely slept in her toddler bed..........and we have gotten into very bad habbits of letting her sleep in our room (on the floor, in our bed, on a cot, etc :) I have heard better success stories when there is NOT a baby on the way, but most of my friends that have left their toddlers in cribs till 2 yrs old have had better luck getting them to stay in there beds when they make the switch!!

GOOD LUCK!!

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Audrey - posted on 03/12/2010

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thanks to all that help me with this I put him in a toddler bed the other day and he is fine! he loves it and sleeps better at night so I am glad that I made this choice! :)

Audrey - posted on 02/23/2010

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I think I want to put him in a toddler bed now all the advice helped alot. I feel like I want to do this because I want to start him around 18 months on Potty training and I feel like transitioning him into a toddler bed and starting him on potty training would be to many things all at once. When did you guys start pottying training and what are some tips especially for boys. I am kinda afraid to train a boy cause I grew up with all sisters and I dont know how to really train a boy to stand up and pee. LOL

Jen - posted on 02/15/2010

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We put our daughter in her own bed at 11 mo. it took a week or so to get her to stay in bed that was over a year ago and she does very well now.

Chelle - posted on 02/15/2010

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yes my little one is 16 months and altho i always thought it would be somewhere more around 2 we can definitely see him needing to be in a toddler bed sooner. I was told the best indicator is when their nipples are at the height of the top of the cot, it is time to transition them.

Hilah - posted on 02/15/2010

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I changed my son to his toddler bed last week. He was 25 months. He has a calm nature and goes to bed very easily, never a problem once he is in bed. I put him in the toddler bed now because I felt certain he would not come in our room at night and he doesn't. If he had been a climber or a really busy kid I would have waited longer.

Lauren - posted on 02/15/2010

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my son is 14 months, im gonna wait til he can walk properly and get up and down off the bed easily. he's not walking yet, but can get up and down off the sofa easily. i think he'll probably be around 20 months - 2 years. i think it depends on the child.. and the parent.

Jessica - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son wasn't even a year and a half when he switched to a toddler bed. However I switched im so early because he would be dead a sleep and when I laid him down in his crib he would wake up screaming he hated his crib. He loved his toddler bed though!

Belinda - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son was 18 mths and we had my fatherinlaw coming to visit. We went out and bought a full sized bed with trundle, and started him on it(the trundle) straight away. The first night was funny(i say that now!) as I went in to check on him,and he had rolled off the trundle-no damage, didn't even wake him up!-and under the normal bed. I thought someone had taken him! Point being, he loved it, it was safe, very roomy(my kids sleep like starfish!) and got him used to a bed without borders...eventually.

Jodie - posted on 02/14/2010

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no as soon as they can climb I like to get them out of a cot as the cot can be a potential climbing hazard and they can fall out.At least with toddler beds you can put safety bed rails on them and they are lower to the ground if they were to fall out

Sarah - posted on 02/14/2010

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well my 2 children went straight to a toddler bed at 3-4 months as soon as they were done in their bassinet, i thought that it would be much easier than bassinet to cot to bed. they took to it very well and they stay in there all night

Shaunna - posted on 02/14/2010

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I did it at 19 months and he loved the change. Only you know you son so if you think he's ready go for it. I would move the crib into the garage or out of sight untill he takes to the big boy bed.

Marie - posted on 02/14/2010

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i but all of my five in toddler beds at about 1and half yrs and i have had no problems since

Heather - posted on 02/13/2010

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Well to be honest, my daughter was 8m when she began climbin out of the crib and so she went into a toddler bed that young.. that was really young but all worked out well

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Once we put our 18 mo old in his crib and then 10 minutes later found him peeking around the corner. He climbed out of his crib!! He went straight to a twin bed. the next day.

This transition was hard. He got up a lot and we had to keep putting him back to bed (without saying a word) close to an hour each night. This lasted about 1 -1 1/2 mo. before he stayed in his bed. My friends son is almost 3 and he is still in his crib. I don't belive in putting a lock on kids doors, it just dosen't seem safe to me.

Megan - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter hated her crib. She refused to sleep in it no matter what we tried so after a month of trying to get her to sleep in it we bought her a toddler bed. She was 7 months and she slept in that fine until she got bigger and there wasn't enough room for her to roll around. Now she has a twin bed and we bought the rail to put on the sides.

Paula - posted on 02/13/2010

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my daughter is 18 months old and we recently took her crib and turned it into a toddler bed we put her bed to the lowest level and we put blankets to the same level and she sleeps in her toddler bed so i think 16 months is ok to put your son in a toddler bed i say go for it

Nancy - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am waiting until my DD starts climbing out of her crib. She's almost 2 years old and she hasn't been successful yet. As far as I know, she hasn't even tried.

Lydia - posted on 02/13/2010

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Glad you asked this as my little girl is 18months and I want to buy her a todler bed but loads of people are saying she's too young and it will scare her. What do other people think?

Sue - posted on 02/12/2010

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Glad saw this topic,as my son,Tyler is almost 16mths,I bought his toddler bed,a few mths ago,but didn,t like the idea,at putting him in the bed,due to,getting up,etc,but,I strongly recommend,if your child starts trying to get out,then thats the time too change,my baby,was average in walking 13mths,but the other morning,were hed tryed climbing out,fell,from,normal,size cot,which couldve caused injury,also,you have diffrent toddler beds,ours is safe,so if did,fall,out during night,would roll,I also,only put him bed when exahausted,so will,rearly wake up,and for now am shuting door,till,child locks fitted on door,too,avoid wondering,but until,baby,trys getting,physically,out,better in cot,im in for a few sleepless nights,wondering,if hes going to roll,but rather that then,fall,goodluckxx

Caroline - posted on 02/12/2010

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I transfered our daughter at about 11 months however this seems safer she was the size of an 18 month old and was walking and climbing. My decsion came when I found her trying to climb out of her cot. Never looked back. My son transfered to his toddler bed at anout 14 months. I think its what you find best for your child and you. My neice is 19 months and is still happy in her cot so is my sister.

Kara - posted on 02/12/2010

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We switched to a toddler bed at 20 months old and he did fine! We used a childproof handle lock on his door.

Maria - posted on 02/12/2010

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I transitioned my daughter to a toddler bed at 16 months, and it was too soon. Most child development experts recommend waiting until they're two to get rid of the crib, and I will second that advice!

Kim - posted on 02/11/2010

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We just moved our son, 2 1/2 yrs. to a twin bed. He's been great! Stays in his bed all night and no problems. We had more difficulty when we moved his oldest brother when he was 18 mths because he was crawling out of the crib. So my experience is waiting longer is much better! Good Luck

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Hi Dana, my daughter is 3 in April and still in her cot. She's our second and seems happy enough and comfortable and so far has never tried to climb out. We'll keep her in there for a while longer as the cot is a big one. Her older brother moved to a bed at 2ish because he did keep on try to climb out. It took him a while to stop coming in and out of the room and it was a 'nightmare' some nights!!! I think people should go with what's right for their kids and try not to worry what other kids of similar ages are doing. :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2010

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Every child is different as far as when they will be ready for something. I was always told not to do the transition until they can climb out of their crib. I switched my son's crib into a toddler bed around 20 months but I know people who switched their child's earlier than that. When I switched to the toddler bed, it took my son a few nights to adjust to the change, partly because he is a very active sleeper. I put pillows on the floor along the edge of his bed and that seemed to help alot. I also praised him alot for getting in and out of his bed himself and sleeping a full night in his bed without complaint. He would get out of his bed a few times in the beginning but I just took him back to his bed and kissed him goodnight, the same as they say to do when you're teaching them to fall asleep on their own. Hope this helps and good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Katie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I put my daughter in one early, and sometimes I thought too early, she was almost a year. But I did this because she was sleeping in a port-a-crib (not comfortable about inch and a half thick padding) But keeley slept really good in her bed she would actually sleep better in the toddler bed than she did in her crib and I felt more secure about the chance of her tipping the crib (it is an older type and she would get it shaking good and I was scared) and she never fell out her bed.

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter is 17 months. When she was 16 months I moved her in to a toddler bed. She was always trying to climb out of her crib so I talked to her for a few day about having a big girl bed like Mommy and Daddy's then I took her shopping for big girl Jammies that she picked out her self. and a safety railing too.Hunter also got new sheets for Christmas that we never put on her bed till she was in the toddler bed .As for coming out of her room we had 2 nights when she was coming to my room but I just put her back in her bed ,gave her a kiss and left NO talking to her! ( I also started closing her door at night) Now Hunter stays in her bed all night and waits in the morning for Myself or daddy or her big brother to open her door and tell her its ok to get out of bed. Gook Luck!



Also She still takes her naps during the day too .We let her get in bed herself and I find that helps alot. She tells me now that she is a big girl . If I put her in her bed that is when we have the problems...

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my son is 19 months and is still in his crib! I want to put him in a toddler bed but once i do that i know nap time will more than likely stop and he will be getting up and down every night! from stories i have heard i would wait until they completely understand about the big boy bed or they keep climbing out of the crib!!

Leah - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 in December and she is still in her cot. Lots of people say keep them in there as long as possible because once you put them in there they just get in and out, in and out. I have a bed all ready for her and have been introducing the fact to her over the last few weeks. She is starting to grow quite tall so I think that it is time to put her in one.

Carolyn - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter just started sleeping in her toddler bed instead of the crib. She just turned 3. She loves it now that she understands its a big girl bed lol! we tried to put her in it a few times since she was 1.5 but she wasnt ready. she would cry for her crib. There is nothing wrong with waiting to put them in a toddler bed. But if you think they are ready you should definitely go for it!

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2010

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i was told that as long as they arent climbing out of the crib, you can use it until they are 3 cuz you know for sure they are safe

Steph - posted on 02/10/2010

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AT 1 1/2 is a great time. I just made sure I gave her something she liked from her crib.ex she has part of her bumper, she holds when she falls asleep.

Heather - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter just turned 3 and we are thinking of switching to a toddler bed. She has never tried to climb out of her crib so we've left her in there. I thought it was safer so she wouldn't be getting up and roaming around in the middle of the night. Her bedroom is upstairs and we are down. It's comforting knowing she can't get out. Now we are potty training so I want her to be able to get up if she needs to. I put a potty in her room so maybe she won't go roaming.

Dana - posted on 02/10/2010

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I asked my Pedi this question, and she strongly recommended waiting as long as we could. She kept both of her kids in their cribs till 3 years. I plan on doing the same. We considered switching our daughter (17 months) into a bed before our new baby arrives in May but decided against it after some research and talking to her doctor.

Amie - posted on 02/10/2010

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my son will be 18 months on the19 and he's been in a toddller bed for 2 months now n doing great

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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William moved to a twin bed right before he turned 2. Too many nights of him climbing out of his crib freaked me out, I figured 2 ft off the ground, was better than 4 ft!

Jen - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have a almost 2 1/2 yr old little girl (monster). She has been in a child size twin bed since she was 10 months old. She has an older sister that is 4 and they share a room. They started out with bunkbeds which was fine because when my 4 yr old Helena was younger she never evan tried to climb to the top or any thing so I did not worry. Addi my little monster was up and running at nine monthsand would climb any thing she could get her little paws on there was no slowing her down. for her first three months she slep glued to me because I breast fed and I was a human passi. It was rough would not take a bottle or a passi on any type. I tried a bassinet any thing I could. When I finally got her to sleep in the crib she never slept good at all she would get up 10 to 15 times every night. Finnaly when she started to climb I was affarid she was going to fall and get hurt on her crib because she would climb the end of the bunkbeds and thats were the crib was. So we took a big chance and took the crib down, took the bunkbeds apart and set them next to each other and she went to sleeping in a big bed of course it did have railings on both sides so she could not fall out, but ti did help. She may have been 10 months old but she was loving it. She started sleeping better not waking up so often, and I also started to finally get some sleep. Now are challange is to get her to go to sleep on her own. All she wants is mommy, mommy, mommy. She does not want to go to sleep with out me. 90% of the time she will lay and scream like your killing her untill I go lay with her. If she gets up at night which is usually two or three times I have to lay with her till she goes back to sleep or she will scream and wake the whole house up. She sleeps all through the night maybe once or twice a night if I'm lucky.

Naomi - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son now 25 months is still in his cot unfortunatly. We tried putting him into his big bed when he was around 18 months but he was waking during the night constantly and walking down to our bedroom and i was forever walking him back....he moves around alot when he sleeps and a change of sleeping environment threw him way out....i think it depends on the child....if you think your bub is ready then do it....you'll soon find out for yourself if he's ready. I'm starting to consider having another child so for us it will be giving our little one no choice but to move to his big bed....but for now he feels safe and secure so i'll leave it a little longer :) Good Luck with everything :)

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son was around that age when I first put him in his toddler bed...the toddler bed is in my room though so that he couldnt just get up and get into everything without me knowing what he was up too..He is now three and I am looking to put him in a regular bed. I haven't had any problems at all with putting him in a toddler bed that early.

Chelsea - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son is 21 months old and still isn't walking due to cp but can crawl around some. Do ya'll think I could put him in a toddler bed with sides on it and he would be ok? That way I wouldnt have to keep lifting him into the crib. We have a toddler bed but I don't know how to approach this with the problems we are having and what is safe to do.

Audrey - posted on 02/08/2010

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a lot people that I have asked said that it was way too soon and that he would have a hard time but I think that he is ready because he doesnt move around in his crib and when hes at my moms while she is babysiting she has him sleep on the couch and he doesnt roll off and when he wakes he will sit up and wait until she says he can get down. so I think im going too. I just hope that I dont make the mistake and push him before he is ready. I will let you all know what happens. we are getting him his new bed once our tax returns come. what would you think would be the best way to transition him into the toddler bed?

Tara - posted on 02/08/2010

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I was glad to see your question because I too was wondering the same thing. I've had family members wait untill just before their children were two. I have a 19 month old and I'm not confident she would stay in a bed! I plan on working with her on it soon and look forward to seeing the responses you get for your question!!!

In the mean time I have set up in my daughters bedroom. a toddler matress with bedding on it in hopes that she will one day soon tell me that is where she would like to sleep. She know's it is her "new bed" and she likes to pretend to go to sleep on it and put her stuffed animals and babies to bed as well.

Good luck !!!

Mandy - posted on 02/08/2010

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We made the switch for all 3 of our kids at 18 months. They all stay in their bed pretty well. They also couldn't open the door so that was a plus. Child #2 started testing boundaries with coming out of her room when she turned 2. We used a child lock on her door for a short period time and that helped. Good luck!

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