When is it time to switch from crib to toddler beds?

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Sarah - posted on 01/02/2009

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Our oldest was about 18+ months, and we were expecting our second shortly after she turned 2, so we wanted to have her in a big girl bed before then.

I think that having two walls, an end board and a bed rail helped in the transition, as she was surrounded on all sides, much like a crib. We had no real issues with the transition either.

I would say, though, not to go to a single or twin, but rather to a toddler size. I feel it makes it less of a change as well. Our 3 year old is still sleeping onher original crib mattress on a bed we resized to fit it (instead of a single mattress).

Amy - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son was in a twin bed right at a year old. He wouldn't sleep in a crib for love or money and I was getting tired of being kicked all night every night. Our daughter "moved out" when she was about 16 months. I was pregnant with our 3rd and wanted to transition her before the baby arrived. The third one is 20 months old and still in the crib! With the 2nd one, I started out putting her in the twin bed (with a safety rail) for naps. Once that was going smoothly (it took about a week or so), we'd put her to bed in the big bed. I laid down with her a few nights, but she's done great ever since!! Good luck!

Ginger - posted on 01/02/2009

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both of my kids were in a twin bed at 18 months.. I just have the side rails on and the matress lowered.. so if they manage to get off they can get on by themselves.. I had my kis 2 years appart and wanted to use the same crib for the baby.. and the second is in the twin bed because another is on the way.. trust your instincts.. if you think your child can handle a big bed do it..

Tanya Bauer - posted on 01/02/2009

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not every child will crawl out of their crib though. It's whenever you think your little one can handle it. My little girl never climbed out of her crib and she loves her toddler bed.

Jo - posted on 01/02/2009

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This one is pretty easy. When your baby is crawling out of his/her crib even though the mattress has been lowered to the lowest settting, then it is time to put your baby in a toddler bed.

Ninouska Doval - posted on 01/02/2009

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Each kid is different but when your kid starts to climb out the crib then it's time to change. Especially if their method of escape can get them hurt. If you have a 4-in-1 convertible crib, then simply removing the front side is enough. The kids love it because it's still their crib but it has been transformed into a "big kid" bed. If you don't have a convertible bed then I suggest the toddler beds that are close to ground and have a side rail. Good luck

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2009

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both my girls who are 4 and 2 now were switched over at 18 months. they never climbed out of the crib, but when my 4 yr old was 18 months , i was expecting my 2nd, and i knew we wanted one more so i got the 2 yr old out at 18 months also so there wouldn't be jealous of the new one.

Joanna - posted on 01/02/2009

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When we started potty training my daughter (about 2 1/2 years old), we talked up the whole "big girl" thing. She had a baby sister and Maya became the "helper". She helped pick the baby's clothes and pass the diaper to mommy etc. Then as she was learning to do her business on the toilet she wore pull-ups, not diapers b/c she was a big girl now. Then came the big- girl panties, etc.. So after she was potty trained, a couple of months before her 3rd birthday we bought her a toddler bed and dolled it up with princess themed sheets, blanket, pillow. The rule we made clear from the very beginning was that once she was in bed she was not allowed to get up until the morning. Maya loves her bed and that made it easier for us to place the baby in Maya's old crib (which we kept empty for a few weeks until Maya adjusted to toddler bed and didn't care that her sister was in "her" baby crib). I think making her feel special about being a big girl helped with the potty training and transition to toddler bed.

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2009

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We got lucky by having our son make the decision for us. When he was about 18 months, he started crawling out of his crib on his own-I was scared to death that he was going to break his neck jumping. He has a 4-in-1 convertible crib, so when he started jumping out of bed, we just took the front off the crib, and he had his own little bed. It took a few weeks for him to adjust, but now he's already moved to a double bed and he does just fine.

Bethany - posted on 01/02/2009

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Well, our son turned 3 mid-Nov. & he is still in a crib. He can climb out now but he usually doesn't & he has always liked the "coziness" of the crib. When we go out of town I have a twin air mattress I take because he no longer fits in the pack n play but even on the mattress I have to put it in a corner by something so that up by his head is "cozy". He doesn't like the feeling of being "wide open". Does that make sense? Anyways, he's been very uneasy with change since he was very small so it doesn't surprise me. I think that each child is different. So, do what seems right for yours... in my mind the only rule on the "right" time is if they've outgrown the crib! :)

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