Big boy bed

Megan - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 16 months and I am trying to figure out when to put him in a toddler or big boy bed. My nephew went straight to a big boy bed and never had a problem. But I was wondering when you guys made the switch and why?

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Sondra - posted on 02/13/2009

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Hi Jennifer,

I can't remember where I read about this tip, but it's one of those ideas that made the light bulb over my head go off LOL. And, if you have a pool, you get a toy when your child is done with it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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Quoting Sondra:

Instead of a bedrail, I tried this tip that I read about: get a pool "noodle" (those long styrofoam pool toys) and cut it to the size of the mattress. Tuck it under the fitted sheet. It acts as a "speed bump" and keeps them from rolling out of bed because they can't roll over it.


That is Genius!

Emily - posted on 02/13/2009

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We went straight to a big boy bed at 2 for my son partially because we needed the crib for my daughter and partially because we felt he was ready.  We made a big deal out of it for him because he was a big boy.  We went to Walmart and he picked out a couple sets of fun sheets, a new pillow and a new animal to "guard" his bed (his words, not ours!) and we kept emphasizing what a big boy he was and how proud we were of him.  The transition was very smooth and we have never had any problem of him getting out of his bed and wandering the house or anything.  He's been in it for almost a year now.  I believe that toddler beds are a huge waste of money and I'll transition my daughter to a "big girl" bed when the time comes.

Sondra - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi Megan

When my son was almost 2, we converted his crib into his toddler bed. We wanted to make the transition before his sister was born so he wouldn't connect the two events.



We bought "Cars" bedding because that's his favorite movie. Fortunately he didn't put up a fuss, and I think it's because he really wanted to sleep on his new sheets. Instead of a bedrail, I tried this tip that I read about: get a pool "noodle" (those long styrofoam pool toys) and cut it to the size of the mattress. Tuck it under the fitted sheet. It acts as a "speed bump" and keeps them from rolling out of bed because they can't roll over it. Once he was used to sleeping in a bed, I took the noodle out and he's been fine.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son grew very fast and was out of his crib - my memory is starting to fail me - but very close to his first birthday, maybe shortly before, maybe just after. He then went onto a makeshift bed on the floor next to my bed - I didn't have a big boy bed for him yet - and this worked out great. He couldn't fall out of bed, and he was near me. And he slept well. We did this for a year or two then moved him to a futon bed, lots of room to move and again, low to the ground. He's had his own twin bed now since he was 4.

Amber - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi Megan,



My son just went to a big boy bed at 2 1/2. He wasn't climbing out of the crib or anything so I wasn't in a real rush to get him into another bed. Plus I was afraid he would just get up and wonder in the middle of the night and possibly open the front door.  Fortunately he hasn't done either yet.

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I put my son in a big boy bed when he was 1, I put one side up on the wall and the guard rails on the other side. I stayed awake all night and watched him sleep and he slept better than usual. Hope that helped.

Irene - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hey Megan, I think it's different with each child. My four oldest were all in "big" beds by the time they were 18 months with no problems. My youngest is 19 months and I'm not ready for him to be a big boy yet. I've always thought the earlier the better, but I don't want my last little guy to grow up yet. Good luck whatever you decide.

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