what is a good age to try my son in his own bed?

Michelle - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my son is two in november and i am worried he should be in his own bed by now not still in his cot please help me xxx

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Cindy - posted on 09/12/2009

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my son is 16 months and use to wake up and cry every night, my hubby and i decided to put him in a toddle bed just last week and guess what..he sleeps through the night, i couldnt beleave it, He loves his bed, last night i heard him get up and walk around his room maybe to get a teddy but in the morning i found him back in his bed! love it

Betty - posted on 09/11/2009

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Today is as good a day as any. My guy is about your son's age and we converted his crib to a day bed (just 3 sides) several months ago. He might like it. It may even take him a while to figure out that he can get out when he wakes up.

Rainbow - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son was almost 2 when we put him in a toddler bed, its helpful if you make it their bed. Let them pick their favorite character sheets or bedspread.

Nikki - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have a daughter, Leena, who will be two in October and she has been in her own bed since about 18 months. I also had a single bed in her room and i found that she was unsettled in her cot because she wanted to be in the single bed so we tried it for a few nights and everything was ok, i was not even thinking of moving her into a bed until i realised why she was not settling. I would not be too worried about still having him a cot at 2 though, I have heard of some kids who are still in theor cots at 3 and there is no problem. I think that if your son still settles easily while in his cot then leave him there where he is happy.

Jamie - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son is 2 1/2. I just put him in a toddler bed next to our bed and it's working well. He doesn't need to be in his own bed until you are BOTH ready. Here's an interesting article for you :). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk... Not saying I totally agree, but all I'm trying to say is the time is right when you both are ready, not at a set age.

DeVorra Lynn - posted on 09/10/2009

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START NOW~~~ THE SOONER, THE BETTER!!! LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE THERE IF THEY NEED YOU!!! BUT, U WANT TO GET THEM STARTED NOW!!! BUT, BE PATIENT!!! I GO TO PUT MY GR.DAUGHTER TO BED (3 !/2), SHE WANTS TO EAT, DRINK, PLAY, GO POTTY, & ALL THOSE THINGS ONCE SHE IS IN BED!!!

Brittany - posted on 09/10/2009

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Ethan was 14 months when we put him into his toddler bed. It made the tantrums in the mornings and at night disappear since he could get out and come to us and let us know what he needed instead of having to scream this loud and at this pitch to get mom here faster! haha Just make sure you either baby gate his bedroom or baby proof your house. Our bedroom is next door so at first we put up one of those gate pens (you know the baby gate that turns into a play area) to lead straight from his room to ours. Now it's gone and he comes strait to us to slap us awake.



Our son is a VERY independent creature so a toddler bed was just one more way for him to be in charge of what's happening to him. Just be ready for putting him back in bed repeatedly some nights! It's had to be firm when they come out with a bottle between their teeth, clutching their pillow and smiling at you. Just give him a hug and say back to bed. Pretty soon at the words "get in bed" he will run and jump into bed. Ethan did it after three days and I still think it's the cutest thing four months later.



When did they get so big?

Nicole - posted on 09/10/2009

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There is no rush :) . If your son is safe in his cot, meaning not climbing out, then let it be as long as you want. I have put a toddler bed in my 21mth old daughters room and I know one day she'll just want that bed instead like her sister did! The longer you wait, the more you can explain it to them and make it less daunting but that being said, you dont want them to be too free thinking when you do it! Baby gate idea is great, safety rail a must to avoid a scare and also, you could try buying a new blanket / cover for his "special new bed". Hope this helps :)

Lori - posted on 09/09/2009

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Our pediatrician always said to not rush it. I had my son when my daughter wasn't quite two. It was much easier on us to keep my daughter in her crib so I didn't have to worry about her wandering around the room or getting up to check on the baby in the room next door. As long as your son isn't trying to climb out I think you can wait even 6 more months. My daughter was 2 1/2. She understood so much more at that age and I could 'reason' with her. We've never had a problem.

Ashley - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter is going to be 2 in january and i just got her to sleep in her own bed.

Amber - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son started in his toddler bed at 15 months. At this point he was tall enough to climb out on his own and that was scary so we got him a toddler bed and he loved it.

Ani - posted on 09/09/2009

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my daughter started screaming at bedtime when she was about 1 year old. the first night that i put her in a bed, she went to sleep normally. my son has been sleeping in his bed for the last 2 weeks, no problem. i'm lucky, the transitions were really easy. try putting the cot and the bed in the same room - if he flat out refuses to go in his bed, just leave it until he is ready.

Lorie - posted on 09/09/2009

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18 months till two is a good time to put them in their own big girl/boy bed

Nicola - posted on 09/08/2009

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My boy is 22mnths and its his first night in his toddler bed tonight, got pilows on the floor incase he falls out again, (Just had to put him back in bed) but he didnt wake up. all seems to be going good. Dread the morning, his room is gonna be a mess.lol. got a gate on his door so he cant run round the house or fall down the stairs.
We had a nice bed time story an a hug and he went fast asleep.
We also let him view his new bed before bedtime, he loved this an wanted to go bed there an then.lol.
x

Anna - posted on 09/08/2009

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Well it doesn't hurt to try it now. Just be gentle about it and don't force him if he doesn't want to. Try and make it fun, like let him choose a new cover for the bed or something like that.

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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i put my daughter in her toddler bed at 1 and a half. i just put a baby gate up on her door and made sure there was nothing in her room that she could hurt her self on. when i tucked her in i would put some pillow on the floor so if she fell out it wouldnt hurt and after a while she would wear her self out and fall asleep. i would just go in her room and make sure she was in bed if not put her in bed and after a week or two she would just stay in her bed and go to sleep when she was tired

Crystal - posted on 09/07/2009

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i agree, i think 2 years is pretty normal, or if they start climbing out before hand

Brenda - posted on 09/07/2009

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I think 2 or 3 they should be in their own toddler bed. My children 7, 5 and 4 slept with me in my bed from the time they were born until they were 2 yrs. old. They do from time to time sleep with me still..but they love their own beds!! I made it fun for them by reading to them and putting a tent over their beds and letting them listen to soft music before they went to sleep and they adjusted quite well to that. They can sleep without music now. I don' t know if my way is right...I just did how I felt in my heart. Every child is different and you have to treat them as such.

Terrie - posted on 09/07/2009

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my son is coming up 1yr an a half and he is in his own bed i put him in his own bed because he wasn`t settling in his cot

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