Time to convert to a toddler bed??

Helayna - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 2-1/2 yr old daughter still sleeps in her crib at night. When is the right time to convert to a toddler bed? Am I behind on this?!

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Crystal - posted on 11/01/2009

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it all depends on you and your child, my son turned 2 in oct. and he isnt in a bed yet. i wanted to put him in a toddler bed at 2 but we moved in sept and we now have stairs, and he isnt used to them yet. so theres no way he is going to be in a bed until he can do the stairs alot better. and hes not trying to climb out of his crib, so hes fine until he is ready

Kayla - posted on 11/01/2009

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We moved our son out of his crib to a toddler bed just after his 1st birthday, he is now almost 2. We have never had a problem with him being in it. In fact he loves it and falls alseep right away when he is layed down whether it be for his nap or for bedtime. He is able to climb in and out of it but he won't leave his bed until my husband or myself go into his room. The only thing you can do is try, but if she isn't climbing out of the crib I would say no hurry.

Connie - posted on 10/31/2009

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I just made my daughter's into a toddler bed about a month ago and she just turned 3 on the 22nd of October. It was nice because even though she could easily get out of it she woud stay in there until I came to get her out. But she kept begging for a toddler bed so we switched it. I've read that when they start to climb out you should otherwise don't worry about it. Once they get that toddler bed they get out and can run the house.

Elexis - posted on 10/31/2009

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Aidan has been in a big boy bed for a few months now, He is the same age as your daughter. The first time I tried to put him in a toddler bed he was not happy about it. Try it out talk to her about it she if she is excited about it. The second time I took Aidan with me to pick one out and then we went and bought his pillows and big boy bed set. The first few nights he didnt no what to do with all the freedom lol. but he has settled in fine. My suggestion is give it a whirl and if she doesnt go for it yet try again a little later...

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I'm with you on this Helayna. my dughter will be two in december and everyone keeps telling me to put her in a toddler bed. but i say why if she is still fine in her crib. she doesnt try to climb out. i think once they try to climb out then its time for a toddler bed for safety reasons. or if they are approaching the wieght limit for the crib. if niether is happening IMO leave them and fight that battle another day lol

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Helayna - posted on 11/02/2009

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Thank you all for your responses :-) I see some of you are saying if she's not trying to climb out of the bed then don't rush it, and she hasn't tried to climb out yet. My concern is that she sleeps all over the place (when she's in the bed with me), but she sleeps fine in her crib. But I guess that's what railings are for!

Kayla - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son will only sleep with his bedroom door shut, and hasn't figured out yet how to open it. So we haven't had the problem of him trying to go wandering around the house. Plus the fact that he won't leave his bed, even to play with his toys, until my husband or myself come in his room.

Christy - posted on 11/01/2009

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Mine is 2 and a half, too and still sleeps in a crib. He gets into way too much during the day, I fear if he figures out he can get out of bed at night, he will do the same. I think I am going to wait until he is potty trained to switch.

Robin - posted on 10/31/2009

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well I got ,my son a toddler bed for his 1st birthday he is now 2 and he sleeps well in it so i would try to asap exspecally if they are climbing out of it

Julie - posted on 10/31/2009

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We have 2 1/2 yr. old twin boys and we recently moved them into a twin bed because they were climbing out their crib. I would say if she is content and not climbing out let her stay in. We skipped the toddler bed because we figured they would not be in it too long anyway. We bought bed rails and went for it. So far so good. We sit at their door for 5 min. or so until they settle down, but other than that it is good.

Letisha - posted on 10/31/2009

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My son was in a toddler bed by the age of one only cause he hated cribs but my daughter didnt move to a toddler bed tell 18 months. I figure the best way to know is if the can climb of and on the couch then they will do just find on a toddler bed.

Jodie - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi Helayna,

We just moved our little girl into her own room to make room for number 2 but we did it slowly, and made sure that she was apart of everything we were doing in her new room and when ever we did some more to it and friends or family would come over we would tell her to go and show them her new room!! She was soooo excitted to show it off and she had about a month to get use to it being her new room before actually went in there. We didnt plan it like that we just did a little bit a time when we had the time thats why it took so long but she is only 19mths old and hasnt had a problem. Lunch time sleeps can be interesting coz she can also open her door but she is always that tired at night she just crashes. Not only did we have to move her out of the nursery we couldn't keeo her in the Cot so it was also a major safety issue for us to move her. I hope you have an easy transition!

Heather - posted on 10/30/2009

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My daughter is currently 3 and she has been sleeping in her own queen size bed since she was 1. She would not sleep in a crib whatsoever. Not enough room maybe, I have no idea. So we put up railings and padding on the floor and gave it a whirl and what do you know, she slept perfectly and all night. I say it's never too early or too late to give em a full size bed. Plus it will help you out because she won't bother you to get her out of the crib. She can get up and play when she wakes up. All safety concerns addressed of course. I'm no professional, just wanted to reply.

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