When to switch to toddler bed??

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

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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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LaCi - posted on 01/26/2011

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Mines been in a normal twin bed since he was about a year old and started refusing to sleep in his crib. He was a climber though. I gave the crib away to someone who needed one asap, so rather than investing more in toddler beds he'd outgrow soon I just went with the twin.

Chloe - posted on 01/26/2011

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I changed my sons cot to a bed a week after his 2nd birthday, i thought he was going to keep getting in and out but he didnt we brought a bed guard so he didnt fall out, he took it really well stayed in the whole night and has done ever since =)

Theresa - posted on 01/24/2011

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We do foster care and our foster daughter was in a toddler bed and shared a room with our own daughter. When out foster daughter left our daughter was 11 months old. I just left the toddler bed up because we were expecting another baby. It gave my daughter time to adjust to the bed and she could be in it if she wanted too. She was back and forth between the bed and the crib for a couple months, then she just switched to the bed. It went very well because we let her do it at her own pace. Good luck.

Delani - posted on 01/24/2011

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I have 5 children we chose to move them all the day after the first day that they climbed out of there crib.. worked well for the most part.. A couple of them we had to use there crib sheet to make the transition. They didn't want the new sheets. it all worked out in the end.

Katherine - posted on 01/24/2011

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My daughter went from her junior bed to a single in her second year. the books will say any time in between 18 months and 3 years. My daughter has a fairly big bedroom so we were able to have some time with both beds in her room so she could get used to the "big girl bed". At first we would just read some books on the bed, but then we spent a few weeks saying it was a big girls bed and then the transition was pretty smooth. Another tip would be to let your son decide what sheets/blanket he's like. Might make it easier if he likes a particular character!

Laura - posted on 01/24/2011

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I have a 2 yr old and when she was 18 months her big sister was getting bunk beds. We had no where to store the other bed so we took down the cot which is easier to store and got a bed rail ( you can get these from most department stores) and set up her sisters old bed in her room. She thought it was great and made the transition fine. They say that they are ready when they can easerly get on off the parents bed or have a tendency to try and escape from the cot.

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