Moms, advice on transitioning toddler from cot to toddler bed?

posted 4 months ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

churrosandroses :  we started by taking the side off of her crib. After a couple months of that we got her a full size bed. We didn’t want to buy multiple Beds over the next few years and I felt like she was less likely to roll off with all that room. She fell out of her crib one time but she’s never rolled out of the full. 

I don’t know if that’s helpful but seriously, I’d recommend getting whatever size bed you plan on DS being in for multiple years. Were hoping this bed lasts until she moves out haha 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

We had a crib that transformed into a toddler bed, so we just took off the side. But if you don’t, I would say transition straight into a twin bed. As for the side rails – you want your lo to be able to get in and out of bed by themselves. It is true that they might roll out of bed inadvertently in their sleep, but with a twin bed it is probably less likely ad mine got used to staying in bed pretty quickly.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

churrosandroses :  Aussie here. What they call twin beds is what we call single beds, I think. In any case, we put each of ours into a single bed at somewhere between 2 and 2 1/2. Each of them stayed with that all the time they were growing up.

We didn’t bother with a rail because they were fairly low beds, and we figured they had to learn to get out at some time; though the first few times I tucked them in well and made sure there was nothing hard to fall on 🙂 . None of ours ever fell out.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

churrosandroses :  my only tip is make it fun! Some kids are super into getting a new bed while others love the comfort of the crib. My daughter didn’t show signs of transition until she was 2. When we took the side off we had her in the room and told her she was getting more space because she was becoming a big girl (she’s obsessed with growing up which breaks my heart) we laid next to her until she fell asleep for the first two nights but she didn’t seem to mind the change. We didn’t use a rail, just put a body pillow on the side of her crib in case she rolled out.

Honestly the best thing you can do is try to read if your DS is ready and if he is celebrate it with him! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

churrosandroses :  oh! We also put a baby gate at her door for the first couple weeks. It was the first time in her life that she could just leave her room potentially while we were sleeping. She got in the habit of calling for us with the gate up and now her first place she goes in the morning is our room (or the bathroom if she has to go lol) 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

eagleandimgone :  Absolutely agree on not rushing it. We did it at 2 yo, because dd absolutely refused to stay in her crib and would jump out, which seemed quite dangerous. However, if your lo is happy in the crib, let them be (except obviously that you might need to potty train at night ;)). It is so much easier, when they don’t have the option to get out 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee

churrosandroses :  Our crib mattress is much smaller than that for a twin (single) bed. Another possibility that some people do is to just put the crib mattress on the floor (provided it is sufficiently sturdy). That immediately solves the problem of falling out of bed or climbing out of the crib, but you can do it immediately and then have time to decide and buy a bed you will be happy with.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m due with #2 when DS will be 21 months.  while the new baby will be in our room for a couple of months, i probably won’t be ready to move DS to big bed and i don’t want to buy another crib.

 

i’ve seen toddler bed on sale on mom swap groups for under $30 and my mom also suggested i just put  mattress on the floor until he is ready for a big bed.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Another vote for not rushing it, two year olds quite literally have almost zero impulse control so if you can safely keep them in the cot then you should! My big girl went straight from the cot into a king single (I’m in NZ) and she was closer to 2.5.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We moved our son from the crib (or cot as you call it) to a captain’s bed when he was 18 months. He was climbing up and out of the crib all the time. It was actually less distance to the floor from the captain’s bed than the crib, if he did fall.

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