Toddler Beds

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going to be 2 in April. She is currently very close to getting out of her crib. She has already gotten a black eye from almost climbing out. I am afraid she is going to fall and break something, maybe even her neck. So, I am thinking about converting my crib into a toddler bed. Well, I have the crib that you would just put the little toddler rail on it. But my crafty Abigail can also open any baby proof thing that exists. She can open the front door and the screen. She gets into the locked cab nits, and she can climb into her highchair. When she can get a hold of it, she can even open up child proof tops on Meds. I guess what I am asking is a toddler bed safer than the crib at this point? I am torn on what to do. I, of course, do not want her to get hurt falling out of the crib, but at the same time, I don't want her getting hurt roaming the house, or God forbid, the street in the middle of the night. Is it too soon? What age did your kids get a "big kid" bed?

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Rowan - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Sarah!

I was worried about my son attempting to get out and then falling and getting hurt, so I just went and got a toddler bed with a character on it that he likes. This was a year ago at 2 yrs old. I thought I would have trouble with him getting out all the time, but no worries there. One he was settled in bed he would stay there.
The safety rails are usually not able to come off- they usually screw on don't they? So there should not be any reason to think Abigale could remove it, is there? If you worry a lot about that, maybe just go get a toddler bed? They are all one solid thing, so no fear of removing anything, plus they are SUPER low to the ground, so even if she manages to fall out somehow, she will just get a wee bump and not seriously hurt. My son likes his "big boy bed" very much! If he wakes up or is still awake when he should be trying to get to sleep, he will not leave his room (even though he can open the door). He'll just shout MOMMY! when he needs me. Good luck!

Deena - posted on 01/30/2009

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If you are worried about her getting outside without you knowing we had to put a latch hook on our front door high enough that my son could not reach it. You may even want to buy the kind that you have to pull back on at the same time you lift on it. It didn't take long for my son to figure out the one on the back door all he had to do was move his toy mower over to climb on.

Tanya Bauer - posted on 01/30/2009

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my daughter will be 2 in March and we changed her to a toddler bed at Christmas. She wasn't trying to climb out but she just wasn't sleeping well. After a short 2 weeks of adjustment, she is now sleeping better then ever. If you keep her door closed then she won't be able to roam about the house. Also, move everything out of her room that might hurt her, secure furniture to the wall, etc... If she can open doors get the door knob covers that they can't turn unless you squeeze. Her hands shouldn't  be big enough to actually do those yet. If necessary you could put a simple gate (not the really expensive kind) in the hallway outside her room that she can't get passed if she does get out of her room. 

Leah - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi Sarah! Well we put our daughter in a big girl bed at 2 yrs old. We actually had no choice..my sons crib was destroyed by the movers so we need to use her crib and get her a different bed. The toddler bed is closer to the floor than the crib is and the bed we got for her had the safety rails on it..screw in the bed. I hope this gives you something to go off of.

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