Crib to Toddler Bed

Samantha - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months. I was wondering when is a good time to switch her from her crib to a toddler bed with a pillow? She has only climbed out once and will still fight sleep when I put her down. She likes to lay on my bed on the pillow and pull up the covers but I wonder if she won't go to sleep if she can get right out and play. Any good advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Chrissy - posted on 05/20/2009

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Hi there. I'm Chrissy. My lil girl is 20months and in a toddler bed, she was in it at 18mnths!!! She is fantastic with it, really loves being in it. We made a big thing about it. New duvet cover (something she liked) and we haven't had a bad night.

I'd say go 4 it!! Good Luck x

Holly - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son went into a single bed when he was 11 months as we needed his cot for his brother. I had the thoughts of him falling and getting out all the time but none of that happened to my surprise! I say just give it a go, what is there to lose?! Good luck!

Candace - posted on 05/19/2009

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My youngest is 2 and has been sleeping in a twin-size bed with a safety rail for about six months. We were having trouble with her sleeping thru the night, so we moved her into the "big-girl" bed. At first, I would put her in our bed and lay next to her until she fell asleep, then I'd move her to her bed. Next, I put her in our bed and sat next to the bed until she fell asleep and then moved her. Now, she starts out in her bed. I leave her bedroom door open until she falls asleep at night and then close it. I've only had to go in a few times at bedtime to tell her it's bedtime and time to go to sleep.

If she wakes up before us in the morning, she will usually play by herself for awile before knocking on her door for us to come get her.

My older daughter really liked her crib. She has sensory issues and I guess it made her feel secure, so she was about 3 1/2 before we went to a toddler bed.

It just depends on the child.

Leslie - posted on 05/18/2009

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At about a year old my daughter refused to sleep in her crib. I didn't know what else to do and didn't have the money to go by a new bed of any sorts. My neighbor had a twin bed that she needed to get rid of because she didn't have the room for it and asked if I would want it. We put in our room at first and put rails up so she wouldn't roll off. We moved her back to her old room about 7 months ago and haven't had a problem with her getting out of bed really. My son is 9 months old and she is now 2 and they have to share a room. She will get out of bed in the morning and go talk to him and play with him but she never gets out of bed during to night.

Crista - posted on 05/17/2009

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I had my children really close together and no money for a new crib! When my second was born, my oldest wasn't even one yet! I began to get her ready to give up her crib at about 9 months. I just put the crib mattress on the floor and made her room really safe. A baby gate in the door and it was done! I did the same with the other two, although my son was a little over one before we made the switch. I have never had a problem with any of them playing all night and they seemed fine. I was more upset than them to loose the crib! I say go for it. Make the room safe, just in case she likes to play. Anything new might be fun to try but after a few nights of consistant redirecting her to bed, the novelty should wear off and she will prob sleep soundly in her new bed.

Kelly - posted on 05/17/2009

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We actually moved our son to a mattress on the floor when he was 8 months old. He never had a crib, just a sidecar style co-sleeper and then the floor. I read about this in a book on Montessori from birth to age three. Of course it was a flatter mattress at first so he didn't have far to roll. Now he is on a regular twin sized mattress, he is almost three. You just need to make sure her room is safe and either close the door or get a baby gate. We just close the door and he is used to that. Better for fire safety too. Our son, Leo just knocks when he wants out. The whole bed on the floor has been great for his independence. I don't think he gets up to play int he night. If he does he doesn't make to much noise. It is nice in the morning to since sometimes we say, "Hey I haven't heard Leo," look in and find him quietly playing or reading. he doesn't need to yell to get us up to let him out of a crib to play.

So I guess to answer your question, I say try it. You may want to talk to her about bedtime and what she does in her room at night. And you could put the mattress on the floor if you aren't comfortable with the height of a toddler bed. You might also think about skipping the toddler bed altogether and go straight to a regular twin sized mattress, you'll be doing it eventually anyway. Save some cash. You can also wait with the pillow if you like. It doesn't have to come with the bed. And/or you can start with a small one like a travel pillow sized. But if she is already comfortable with your pillow you may want to just try one like that. Just some ideas to try. Do whatever is comfortable for your family. And good luck. :)

Leanne - posted on 05/17/2009

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i thought that with my little girl what we did was put a safety gate up at her door and left her a few toy so if she did get out she got something to play with and my little girl sleeps fine. usualy a sign when they climb into your bed

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