What age should my son start sleeping in a bed?

Anna - posted on 09/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 1/2 and still sleeps in the crib. My husband is in no hurry to move hem to the bed but I think it is time. We don't have any problems with hem trying to climb out and he sleeps through the night. He was born 6 weeks early so he is small only 24lbs.
I could use all the feedback I can get...

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When ever you are ready and you think he is ready.
My son has been in a toddler bed since he was 15 months old without issue. Why so early? Because he shimmied his way up the bars and face planted on the floor.
Be prepared for some testing of rules and boundaries when it comes to staying in bed at bed time/nap time.
Be prepared for some "suckiness" because the big boy bed seems scary with no tall sides. We had to have extra snuggle time in the rocking chair for a month after we transitioned, but he always went to bed with no issue. He's never fallen out of it, though twice (he's 2 in 2 weeks) this past month we've found him sleeping on the floor with all his stuffed toys for no reason other then he felt like it.

Keep routine the same as possible and if your toddler bed uses the same mattress as the crib, keep the bedding the same too.

Good luck!

Emma - posted on 09/07/2010

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hi my son was 18 months old when he was moved in to a single bed and he has been fine ever since and he is now 2 1/2 and he has never fallen out of the bed your child kinda tells you when they are ready for the next stage

Corinne - posted on 09/07/2010

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We took the sides off our kids' crib at 18 months and put blankets on the floor in case of falls. By 2yrs old they were in big beds and we've had no problems. If you think he's ready for it, do it. :)

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I would say that the only reason to move your son out of the crib (if he isn't climbing out) is when it comes time to potty train. He then will have to get up in the middle of the night probably to pee. Hard to do that when you are in a crib. Otherwise - if he is happy, and you are happy, then just let it be!

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