What is a good age to start the

Kortney - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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What age is the NORM to start your baby in a Toddle Bed?

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Jessica - posted on 04/02/2010

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We put Antoinette in a toddler bed when she climbed out of her crib on her own and came walking out to us after a nap.

Dorcas - posted on 04/01/2010

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My 4 month old either sleeps in bed with me or in the bottom bunk of a bunk bed with side rails. My first 2 never slept in the crib because they would wake up and cry everytime we put them in the crib. I will NOT let my kids cry it out, because there has been studies done that show that actually can do brain damage to an infant. Even the supposed expert who came up with and promoted it at first (can't think of his name right now) says he would not do that to his kids now if he could do it over again.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/01/2010

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At least 12 months old is the recommended age, but if they are not trying to get out, you can leave them in a crib longer. My son was about 13-14 months and climbed out of the crib twice, so we had no choice in waiting!!!

Lea - posted on 04/01/2010

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Kortney, wait til at least 1 1/2 to think about the toddler bed and potty training!

Cynthia - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter is only 13 months but I have had friends put their 2 year old into toddler beds becuase they climb out of the crib. When they start that it poses a danger to them. One friend put down a thick piece of foam on the floor so if she rolled out of bed she wouldn't get hurt.

Shelley - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son is 23 months and I just got him in a toddler bed. I caught him several times trying to climb out of his crib. I was worried he wouldn't be ready, but he's done a great job! Everyone told me that he will let me know when he's ready and I guess he did by trying to get out.

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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I agree that it depends on your child! My son was about 15 months when we got him a "race car bed." He thought it was amazing! Our decision wasn't based on him climbing out of the crib. My husband rejoined the Army and we would be moving to Germany for 3 years and we didn't want to take a crib (that he would soon outgrow) with us! I wanted to get him used to a "big boy bed" before we moved! His toddler bed doesn't have rails, but it's super low to the ground and we've never had a problem with him falling out...have had problems with he was supposed to be sleeping and we found him out of his bed playing with toys haha! Hope this helps!

Shari - posted on 03/30/2010

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It all depends. My daughter was about 1 1/2 years old, she refused to sleep in her crib. My son, who is just over 2 years old, just started slepping in a twin size. I kinda skipped over the toddler bed this time around. He was trying to climb out of his crib so that is why I switched. Hope this was helpful.

Kortney - posted on 03/30/2010

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Thanks Ladies! Such a big help!! Now what are your suggestions on POTTY TRAINING :)

Bri - posted on 03/30/2010

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I waited til my daughter was a year and a half...and it was easier than we thought... i knwo some parents worry about the crib-to-bed transition, but it helps a lot when u have a convertable crib...the one that goes from crib to tot bed then a day or full bed..... you're generally using the same mattress and its not like they'll have to get used to another bed, but their old bed in a different form...hope this is helpful in some way

Louise - posted on 03/30/2010

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We have bought a cot/bed that will take our 17 month up to the age of 6. The cot rails are still up as she can climb but as she wears a baby growbag in bed she can not physically climb out of the bed. I will take the bars down when the growbag is too small as I know I will have problems keeping her in the bed to go to sleep.!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2010

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It really does depend in the child. For my daughter Alex she got her's on her first birthday and we got the ones with the side guards. For our youngest I think it might be a little later because she is a BIG roller! What ever you feel comfortable with, you can always get one and try it. It took Alex 2 nights to get use to sleeping in her toddler bed and not in the crib

Cheryl - posted on 03/30/2010

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I believe it depends on the child. I know you're supposed to take your child out of their crib when they can climb out of it (or that's what I was told when my oldest was a baby). When they are able to get out of the crib on their own, that crib is no longer safe for them to sleep in. If you're concerned about your baby falling off of a toddler bed, you can purchase mesh rails to go on the sides of the bed. If I had to choose an age for a toddler bed, I'd say 18 months & up. I'm not sure this post helped you at all, but I thought I'd try. LOL

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