At what age did your son change from his cot to a Junior bed?

Meryem - posted on 10/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My little boy is 18 months and just today has mastered climbing out of his cot. He has been climbing out of his travel cot which he sleeps in when he is with my mum. But today he has started getting out of his cot. Do u think it is the right time to change his cot to a junior bed?

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I changed my son's crib to a toddler bed with the safety rails when he was 18 months old. He hadn't climbed out of it yet, but he was trying like crazy and I actually caught him in there one day with one leg over the rail and the other barely touching the mattress. Here's what our doctor told us, regarding a baby falling. This rule applies to not just cribs, but to falling in general. If a child falls from a distance that is less high than they are tall, chances are they will be fine. Maybe a little bruised, but fine. If a child falls from a height that is TALLER than they are, the chances for serious injury go up something like 75%. That's why when I caught my son coming so close to climbing out of his crib, I immediately changed it to a toddler bed. The way I see it, why take the chance? Just remember that once you put your baby in a toddler bed they have the ability to get out of bed any time they want. This is a good time to put a child safety doorknob cover on the INSIDE of their bedroom door. That way they can get up and play safely without getting into dangerous things elsewhere in the house while Mommy is sleeping in the middle of the night :)

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Beccie - posted on 10/25/2010

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My son went into a proper bed at just before 18 months. We also didnt bother with the bed guards, my way of thinking being that he would take longer to learn how to sleep without falling out. His bed is quite low anyway, so we just rolled a spare quilt up and put it next to his bed, giving him a soft landing. Within 2 weeks he had mastered the art of not falling out lol. We just make sure all the doors upstairs are closed except his room and or room, and have a stairgate at the top of the stairs. He is now just about to turn 2 and sleeps no problems. We did find after a few weeks he realised that he had the control over whether he stayed in bed or not, so just be consistent in putting them straight back in with no messing, then that phase passes in a few weeks. Good luck :) x

Kristen - posted on 10/25/2010

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My son went started using his bunk bed at 1 year. We have the side railing set up, and he has no issues with climbing in out himself. Whatever you guys are more comfy with is what you should go with. I get grief cause my son doesnt use a toddler bed, but I havent had one issue with the bunk beds, so I see no issue =)

Mothtoflame - posted on 10/25/2010

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my son went into big boy bed with a safety rail at 18 months and was very happy about it. as long as he is happy with the change also go for it.

Ilene - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter was sleeping in a toddler bed when she was about two. Never really slept in a crib. she's not quit 3 now and is sleeping in twin bed. I've never worried about her falling off and when she wakes up she can get down herself and get me if I'm sleeping. It's quite nice this way.

Angela - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter was 18 months when we switched her from her crib to the toddler bed.

Heidi - posted on 10/23/2010

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my little is3 she was in a crib till she was two half but she never climbed out. my youngest is 15 month i still have him in his crib but i am sure it will not be long before he figers out. how to climb out. if he know how to climb out. i move him to the biger bed

Kristin - posted on 10/22/2010

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Hi,
I have heard as soon as they can climb out it is time to change. And I have also heard keep them in as long as you can!! That been said my son is going to be 3 in December and he is still in his crib! He knows how to climb out, but doesn't do it. I think we are going to change this weekend.

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