When to switch to toddler bed??

Katy - posted on 01/23/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




Im wondering when I should switch my son to a toddler bed. Im not sure if there are any "signs" to look for to know he is ready, or if I should just do a transition into moving into the big boy bed. Anyone that has some experience with this, I would love some advice.


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Lucy - posted on 02/13/2011




my son is 23 months and i put him straight into a adult single bed at 22 months with a mattress by the side encase he fell out, he didnt and now sleeps well in his bed. I skipped the toddler bed stage a bed is a bed :) My son just decided to sleep in that bed one day after cottoning on my bed was different to his cot and he wanted the same. He did get out and sleep on the floor by the door a few times but after a while he worked out the bed was more comfy lol. And a child gate on the door is good to stop them wandering at night. Hope this helps x

Erin - posted on 02/12/2011




My husband and I switched are kids over to big kid beds when the were around 2 years old. Both my kids took very well to the switch. We got excited about it for or with them to. Saying excited things like 'yeah look at your big girl or big boy bed' and telling them that they are big girl or a big boy helped us. When we got my son his bed we went with a toddler bed and he was excited because it was a Handy Manny bed, so the excitment helped because he had a big boy bed and it had Handy Manny and his tools on it.

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my son crawled out of his crib at 22 months. So the very next day I went down and bought a twin mattress and plopped it right on the floor. if he rolls off he only "falls" a few inches - and he only rolled off a few times. it is great for bouncing on (we are a PRO jumping on the bed household), perfect for snuggling up and reading books on, and really nice when he needs me ot lay down next to him for some extra snuggles. It has even served as a guest bed a few times and he comes and cosleeps with me (or visa versa). Best of all - i skipped the expense of buying a toddler bed. :)
I did childproof the entire room and put a gate up across his doorway so he couldn't get out at night and roam the house.

Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011




when they are big enough to hurt themselves crawling out of it, or if they are potty training... they need to be able to go potty on their own at night if needed.

But, I usually switch mine to a bigger bed between 15-20 months... depended on the child a bit, though.

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2011




my daughter ouldnt sleep in crib so when she turned one i put her in a toddler bed before then she was co-sleeping

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2011




i got a toddler bed (fire truck 1) and put it in my sons room i tryed to get him to sleep init but wouldnt just kept finding him asleep by the door lol. so put him back into the cot for a few weeks then 1 night he said he wanted to sleep in the bed and he did. he was only 1 1/2 so after a few weeks i took the cot down he loves his fire truck bed. try lying him in the bed and reading a book or let him jump on it or hide under the covers playing boo. hope it helps

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