Moving to the toddler bed?

Andrea - posted on 06/13/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )

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I'm interested to know at what age did you move your child from the crib to a toddler bed? Not sure if I'm ready to try it with my 21 month old or not....

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Morgan - posted on 06/28/2010

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We basically just did it cold turkey with both our girls both at around 18 months. Both of them took to it well. We just made sure that the bed was low enough that if they got out to play they could get back in and that the fall wasn't to far if the happened to fall out which neither of them did.

Christine - posted on 06/28/2010

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I have a son that is about to turn 3. we are in the process of picking his toddler bed out for his birthday. he isn't climbing out of it, & doesn't try, so I have kept him in the crib. Once in a while i lay down with him in the twin bed. I refuse to have him sleep in our bed. we may have issues, but will deal with them when they arrise.

Michelle - posted on 06/27/2010

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I had my son in his own bed by 18 months and he loved it when he was tired he just went straight to his bed. I have only just moved my daughter (3) out of her cot a couple of weeks ago and we have peaceful sleeps. The quicker you do it the easier they will love their beds.

Cassie - posted on 06/26/2010

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I moved my eldest son to a single bed from a cot at 2.5 years old... he is a little more advanced than some and coped with this quite well. he fell out of bed twice. He dealt with it very well though and have had no problems..

My second son was moved to a toddler bed at the age of 19 months... i think it was too early for him, being my second and not as advanced as my first i think it was a bit too soon... he likes to sleep in mine and my husbands bed in between us.. i think its for that added security.

Test your child with day sleeps on a bed and see how they go.. ultimately it is up to each individual child on how they go..

Good luck

Tanya - posted on 06/26/2010

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my son was delighted to move into a toddler bed at 18 months, his sister was 3 when i moved her, but she had become attached to her cot and didn't want to make the move as easily as her brother.

Sherry - posted on 06/26/2010

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I converted DD crib into a toddler bed at 12 months (she was/is a climber). No problems. She got out of it maybe once a week. She liked that she could climb into it. At 2 years we have taken down the crib (DS needs it) and have moved her to a twin size bed. She sometimes plays in there after we put her to bed, but she tires out, climbs back into bed and falls asleep on her own. If she has turned on the light we just turn it back off when we go to bed. It works just fine for us and DD.

Stacy - posted on 06/25/2010

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I switched when my son was about 13 months old and he loved it because that meant he could be able to use his bed whenever. He likes to go in and sit on his bed to 'read' his books.

Melissa - posted on 06/24/2010

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Our daugher moved to one at about 13months....our son was around 16 months I think.

Stefanie - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter went into her toddler bed at 18 months. It has side rails that are plastic, so I felt it was as secure as her crib and she hated being in the crib. She would fall asleep so fast in my bed but fuss in her crib, so we got her a toddler bed and told her it was her own big girl bed and she loved it and has been sleeping in it every night since!

Heather - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter is 2 years and 4 months old and still sleeps in her crib, happily most of the time. She cries when we lay her down, but that's because she doesn't want to quit playing. :) She has yet to climb out of the crib and doesn't seem interested in doing so either. Our opinion and from experience with our older son is, wait until they're too big for the crib or they're climbing out. If there's some other reason to move them, that's understandable, but wait as long as you can! Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 06/24/2010

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We switch our daughter to a toddler bed when she was 21 months old. Our daughter start refusing a to sleep in her crib after she had surgery at 18 months, and we struggled for months to find out what was wrong with her sleeping issues...she was having night mares..and was relating her crib to the crib at the hospital and having issues just from the surgery its self, it was very scary for her. We spent a lot of nights sleeping on the mattress on the floor in the living room. Then after a while we set up her mini travel size pack and play back up. And she slept fine it that but was out growing it so we figure it was worth a try to get a Dora toddler bed. (her fav. show) toddler bed was a HUGE hit. Since the day we got it, she has been so excited to sleep in her big girl bed, back on a normal sleeping schedule. And she goes to bed by her self at 9pm every night, on the dot. All we have to say is "time for bed". She will be 2 yrs old in 8 days.

Autumn - posted on 06/22/2010

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I love that you said 'Not sure if I'm ready'. My experience exactly! Moved my oldest to her 'big girl' bed, a regular twin, when she turned two. I remember walking in to look at her sleeping- so tiny in that big bed, and crying to my husband, 'It's too soon, she's a baby...' In our case we did it out of necessity, not wanting to purchase a second crib and her little sis was six months and moving out of the co-sleeper, my advise would be to enjoy the crib as long as it's working for child(ren). :)

Good luck

Rebecca - posted on 06/22/2010

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I moved my daughter to a king single bed at 18 months, I don't see the point of going to a toddler bed then proper bed, just more expense. I've had no problems at night, but she hasn't had a day sleep since she was about 21 months old. Both because she gets up and plays in her room and because she's stubborn. She still needs the day sleeps because she gets grumpy towards the end of the day, but since bringing her bedtime forward to 6.30pm, she still gets 13 hours sleep in a 24 hour period. 21 months old is certainly old enough to move your little one to a bed :)

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I moved my son at 2+1/2 year old. I think we could have done that a little bit earlier.

He was good with other beds; his aunt's house, my parents house, and hotels.. So I was confident that he would be Okay. You can try one (with guard rail) if you have chance.

I like a bed because he can climb up and down by himself. I don't need to wait for him until he says "yes" to change or toilet or breakfast.... I just say "I will wait for you downstairs!" then go, he usually follows me right away!
Also I can lie on the bed together and read books for him. It got really easy to put him in nap (and I can have some sleep too!)

Melissa - posted on 06/22/2010

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our son started easily getting out of his crib after he turned 2. a couple months later we moved him right into a twin sized bed. he absolutely loves it, and we didn't have any problems with the transition!

Emma - posted on 06/22/2010

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Hi my Daughter was 18 months old. The only reason we moved to a bed was because she started to cry when she was in her cot and was always trying to get out. since we have put her in the bed she has not got out on her own once.. Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/22/2010

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I moved my daughter to a toddler bed at a year old. She was ready and the people we lived with for a bit before we moved out wouldnt give me the crib back so i found a toddler bed cux my daughter hated sleepin in the playpen at night.

Gillian - posted on 06/21/2010

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18 mths, she liked being able to move around freely and was able to listen to reason regarding stqying in bed -good luck

Carrie - posted on 06/21/2010

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DON'T DO IT! Or at least wait until she's climbing out. :) My twins were just under 2 when we switched them to beds, because they started climbing out of their cribs. After that, they never stayed in bed. We still have trouble getting them to go to sleep at night, and they are almost 3 now. They were great sleepers before. They never take naps anymore either.

Leanne - posted on 06/21/2010

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Hi, I moved my little guy to a queen bed a few months ago and he will be 2 1/2 years old at the end of June. What we did is put the bigger bed in his room for almost 2 years. This got him used to having a different bed in his room. When we decided to see how he would do in the bigger bed, we moved his crib out of his room, (he helped). He was so excited to be in his "big" bed that we have never looked back.

Now I know not everyone has the room, we do but if you can put the new bed in the child's bedroom for a while to get them used to the idea, that would help a lot.

I had lots of people asking me if he was escaping from his bed...my answer was always no. He loved his crib and loves his big bed too.

Hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 06/20/2010

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It depends if your child is ready -- by that meaning that he or she keeps climbing out of the crib and he or she knows how to get up and out on his or her own. Then it may be safer and perhaps better in a toddler bed. My first was perhaps more ready at that age or a bit after. But my second now I believe is safer in the crib. Don´t worry. Don´t think about rushing into it. You will know when he or she is ready. Better to wait and let your child tell you, not you forcing him or her to grow into something that may or may not be right now.

Lea - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son was just over two years old but I've heard of people doing it at age 1. I think thats too early. I think age 2 seems about right.

Fiona - posted on 06/19/2010

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I moved our son a16 months and went really well- number 2 was coming along and we needed the cot. I think the earlier the better (within reason) as the older they get, the more words they have and more delay tactics are used. My son is now 28 months and I think it would be hard if I were trying to move him now!

Gillian - posted on 06/19/2010

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I have just moved my daughter who will be 2 at the end of next month in to a bed from her cot this week. The first two nights i was like a yo-yo up and down the stairs putting her back in to bed, after two nights the novelty of actulay being able to climb out of bed has gone. we are on the fifth night now and so far so good.
Good Luck!

Juliet - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son is almost 3 and quite happy in his crib - he's made no attempts to get out and until that happens I'm not making any changes. I have a friend who moved her daughter into a bed before she was ready and they had many sleepless nights and still do.

Hope that helps.

Marcia - posted on 06/19/2010

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I moved my son to a twin bed at 14 monts and my daughter at 10 months. It was easier for me because I can go lay down with them to put them to sleep and if they wake in the middle of the night.

Brittany - posted on 06/19/2010

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I moved my son to a toddler bed about 18-19 months. He wasnt trying to climb out of his crib much but we had his toddler bed in his room. And one day he climbed in it and laid down without me having to show him. So at first we started with nap time in the toddler bed then slowly worked our way up to at night. Now my son sleeps in his toddler bed just fine. We have to put him back in bed a couple of times before he stays laying down and goes to sleep. But other than that, he does very well with it. Hope that helps.

Toni - posted on 06/19/2010

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We moved our eldest into her own bed about 18months because I needed the cot for our new born. Our new born is now 19 months and has been in her own bed for the last two/three months. Let your child be your guide. If it helps, we use to put our youngest into her sisters bed for her sleep during the day, however we still used the cot at night for about two months until we were both comfortable with the idea. I think some of it was our youngest wanted to be like her big sister as they share a room. I must say though I do have a safty gate at thier bedroom door as they have helped thierselevs a few times to my nail vanish/makeup.......the little darlings! Good luck whatever you decide.

Penny - posted on 06/19/2010

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I moved my daughter into a toddler bed at 18 months. She hated the cot and was thrilled that she could in and out of her toddler bed on her own. The toddler bed uses the cot mattress and the same bedding, so the transition was pretty easy.

Tiffany - posted on 06/18/2010

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My son is now 22 months and he's been in a toddler bed for a few months now!
I just packed up his cot, set up his big bed and kept with the same routine as when he was in his cot.
The first night was the hardest because he wasn't sure what it was for, but after alot of reassurance and cuddles (in his bed) he fell asleep!

Now he goes and jumps in to bed and waits for me to bring his bottle in!!

Our routine is he gets in his pj's we get a bottle (he helps carry the milk carton) he jumps into bed and we read his favourite bedtime story. Then i give him a kiss say goodnight and close his bedroom door (he has his night light on)

Hope this helps!

Pam - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter was 20 months when she went to her toddler bed--she made the transition very well without any issues--she was climbing into her crib and thats when it was time.

Cathy-Lynn - posted on 06/18/2010

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My husband and I put our daughter in her toddler daybed at 23 months. We thought we were going to buy her a twin bed that day, but we didn't see what we wanted at the store. Her crib converted into a toddler daybed. So, we made it into the daybed. To prevent her from falling out, we got a bed rail. She is very active when she sleeps. Only the first couple of days did she get out of the bed and need to be put back to bed. It was more of a game for her. She does not even get out in the morning until we go to get her.

We would suggest closing doors to the bathrooms and other rooms. We have a ranch style home, so we used a gate to keep her from going down the hall into the living room, kitchen, etc.

Hope it helps! Good luck!

Jaimie - posted on 06/18/2010

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i just worry bout mine getting out of bed in the middle of the night and getting into something... sometimes i'm a heavy sleeper, but so far so good, she's done wonderful at 2...

Georgetta - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter predominantly coslept with us until she was about a 18 months. She is 2 now and since 18 months have been doing the toddler bed, has been hard because she loves to sleep cuddled under me. Good luck ladies.

Kelley - posted on 06/18/2010

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When my toddler started doing spiral jumps off the crib rail, it was time for the bed. We had no problems with the move to the big girl bed and she was 3 when we did it. Keep them in the crib for as long as you can!

Brandi - posted on 06/17/2010

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I moved my son at 13 months.He was so excited bout having it. He played in it consently. Loves to sleep in it also. If your afraid of them rolling out, I put a big body pillow next to the bed. It does help alot. He is now 14 months and has slept great better than in the crib.... Only has rolled out once. Goodluck!!!!

Natalie - posted on 06/17/2010

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my son went into a toddler bed when he 12 months old and he loves it! he stayed in there for 5 months then started climbing out but once we put a cd player in his room at night and played him some stories till he fell asleep he hasnt moved since and hes 19 months now

Cindy - posted on 06/17/2010

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My advice is just don't take this step unless you have a very solid bedtime routine. We did this with our son too early and almost had to revert back to the crib. When they are in the bed and don't want to go to sleep, they can just get up - walk over to the door - and open it. We put up a baby gate and then he would just stand there and take all his toys and chuck them over it into the hallway. Basically anything to get our attention. My husband ended up sitting with him a lot until he goes to sleep - or it takes repeated attempts of walking them back to bed and asking them to lay down. This still drives me crazy but I've hear that some kids just don't ever want to go to bed... and mine is one of them.



Oh, and we ended up getting a twin bed less than a year later... I recommend doing that instead of a toddler bed. You can find relatively thin mattresses and beds that are very low to the ground at Ikea for example.

Ruth - posted on 06/17/2010

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My oldest was about 2 and a half he loved that crib.....And my youngest was a year and a half becuse he keep getting out of his crib and we were scared he would get hurt............Your little one is a good age for a toddler bed.

Edietai - posted on 06/17/2010

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We moved my daughter when she was 19months old. She started climbing out of her crib so instead of risking her hurting herself by hitting the floor we just figured it was time to move to a big girl bed. She wasnt so sure about it at first but now he does fine.

Corrine - posted on 06/17/2010

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We moved our son at 21 months from the crib to a twin bed, mainly because he was getting too big to sleep comfortable in the crib. We just put the mattresses right on the floor, falling out wasn't an issue.

He was use to nursing/cuddle time before bed but once he got into the twin he was finished with nursing. We had to lay with him to get him to go to sleep and at the beginning that would take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. It gives the two of you a chance to read a story, talk about your day and what is gong to happen tomorrow.

My son is 4 1/2 now but he still likes you to lay with him...but now he's usually sleeping within a couple of minutes.

Good luck....

Kate - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hi, our daughter will be 3 in October and she's still in her cot. She loves going to bed, sleeps really well and isn't even attempting to climb out so we figure why rock the boat? She's got a cot bed so there's plenty of room so we're going to leave things as they are until something changes to make us think of turning her cot into a proper bed. Best of luck whatever you decide xx

Cory - posted on 06/16/2010

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My Daughter is 22 months old, last week we moved her to a twin size bed. We deceided to take her crib down and get rid of it after her nap. She of course "helped". She has done pretty well as far as Nighttime. We normally only have to go in 2-3 times before she falls asleep. Naptime is a different story. I normally would just keep going in and putting her back in bed, but i am 6 months pregnant and my patients are not that great here recently so i have been going in at naptime and lay with her and "hold her down" im not hurting her just to clear that up, i basically just have my arm around her, like im cuddling with her, i dont think she even notices until she starts trying to get up. But she knows she has to relax and go to sleep. Yesterday she only slept for about 1 1'2 hours and today she slept for over 3 hours. So i think its working. I will warn you that she now wants me to lay with her everytime she goes to bed. but its kinda a good mommy baby time. I never co-slept nor will i ever, but i do enjoy cuddling with her until she sleeps. I know at some point she wont want me to, so im taking it for now. Plus today is only day 6 of big girl bed. So the new has not completely worn off. Good luck.

Manda - posted on 06/16/2010

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my daughter two in october an i have just put her in to a big girls bed as she wasnt sleeping an i thought that maybe if she had more room to spread out in a big bed she would get a better sleep. It was so hard to make the transision my baby girl was really growing up once she in a bed, not a baby any more!! I think that our babies grow up fast enough with out making them grow up faster if you know what i mean???
It was the best choice for my daughter as she now sleeps all night, but i think if your babys happy an sleeping well then they probly alright in crib for now!

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My son was 21 months when I moved him into one. He was climbing out of the crib so it was a safety issue with him.

Maureen - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son is just 25 months. We tried putting him in a day bed. We just took off one side of his crib. He did not like it. He cried all night long. I tried laying next to him but each time I thought he was a sleep, I would try to get up and he would cry again. We put the side back up the next day and he is back to his happy self. They will let you know if they don't like it. All three of my kids transitioned at different times. Good Luck.

Eugenia - posted on 06/16/2010

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My Grand-daughter is 21 months now and shes been in a toddler bed since she was 15 months.She loves it..

Karine - posted on 06/16/2010

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Hi there! My daughter was sleeping in a big bed probably around 1 1/2 because she would sleep with her grandmother when she would go over. I bought her big bed at home when she was 22 months, it was a little tough at first because we had to lie down with her until she fell asleep. I also recommend putting the safety railings on each side of the bed. Now shes 3 and she goes to bed alone( sometimes she tries to manipulate me to sleep with her, but i tell her shes a big girl now and i have to put her little sister to sleep! i sometimes do to cuddle with her cause i miss it but she understands when mommy says its enough.All in all, i tried and it worked and she was ready. Every child is different, maybe u can try and u see how it goes, u will know when its time. Good luck !

Kristen - posted on 06/15/2010

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We just moved our just 2 year old last week. So far so good. We are expecting another one and we wanted the crib to not be "hers" anymore. She freaked a little the first night, and now she likes that she can get out of bed on her own, but overall it has been a smooth transition. Then again, she has always been a good sleeper. I think as long as you are consistant with the bedtime routine anytime that you are ready is fine.

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