Post # 1
My daughter is turning 2 saturday, 🙂 She has been learning how to climb out of her crib so i really want to switch her to a big girl bed before she hurts herself.
To those of you who made the switch, did you get a toddler bed or did you get a traditional twin bed? I am hessitant about buying a toddler bed because i dont know how much use we will get out of it (she is also a tall girl) so i am thinking about a twin bed that will last her for a few years at least.
What did you do? Also, i would appreciate any tips to make the change easier, im scared!! i feel like she will never go to sleep once she knows she can get out.
Post # 3
We will be going straight to a full. My sister did this and it’s worked out great. I don’t think a Toddler bed is necessary at all.
Post # 4
@lightmist: Can you get a twin bed with a toddler rail? Or a daybed with a toddler rail, so it’s closed on 3 sides with a rail on the fourth?
Post # 5
You can get a regular twin bed with a little gate guard on the side of it that you can remove later if it makes you feel more safe.
Post # 6
I bought a toddler bed when she outgrew her crib and she would. not. sleep. in it. For about three months I tried to transition her into that dang thing and everyone in our house suffered from lack of sleep as a result.
Then we moved and took the opportunity to get her a twin bed. It took a few weeks but she did sleep in it and was much, much happier with the twin bed.
We did put up a partial side rail on the bed just to prevent any falls, since she was still very small.
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride: i was actually just looking at daybeds actually. they seem to look safe so ill have to research some more on those.
If i do go the twin bed route i would get something really low to the ground like a platform bed so she doesnt fall and hurt herself.
Post # 8
@HeyKaraoke: this is what im scared of! She already just plays in her crib when shes supposed to be sleeping so i know that if she had the opportunity to get out she would play with her toys all night.
Post # 9
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Go to the twin or full. A toddler bed doesn’t get used for very long so you may as well make the more long-term purchase. If you’re worried about her rolling out of bed set the boxsprings and mattress on the floor and move up to the bedframe after a few month of safe sleeping.
Post # 10
FI’s aunt and uncle just got a twin-sized mattress for their youngest boy, and put it right on the floor. They’ll get a boxspring and frame once he’s bigger and they’re not as worried about falls.
Post # 11
@lightmist: I got my kids toddler beds but my daughter is petite and will probably use it for awhile and my sons was free from a family member. I would go to a twin with side rails on a platform so she can’t roll out or any bed low to the ground.
Post # 12
@lightmist: For my sone, I went straight to captain’s bed from the crib. He was climbing over the top of the crib rail anyhow, so the height of the captain’s bed was actually less than the height of a crib, if he did fall.
We did get a bunk bed safety rail and used that for a while. He had no falls and was so excited by his big boy bed that he stayed in it just fine.
Post # 13
My son’s crib can go to toddler bed which he will be going to soon since he is starting to figure out how to climb out of the crib. So we will be doing toddler bed.
Post # 14
@lightmist: We had that issue. Whenever she got out of bed, one of us would just go in and put her back into the bed. She was difficult about it at first and I spent many nights just sitting up in the living room because I knew she was going to get up multiple times. Eventually she learned to stay in the bed. It’s tough, but doable!
Post # 15
We had a crib that converted into a toddler bed, but I really think toddler beds are unnecessary. My DH, otoh, hates change and believed it would’ve been too much, too fast to switch our two year old straight over to an adult bed. So we converted the crib to a toddler bed AND had a twin bed in the room. Our daughter quickly chose to sleep in the twin and seems to like it a lot. We bought a bed rail but we haven’t put it on, because she hasn’t fallen out of bed and it doesn’t really seem needed. She does get out of bed a lot, but her room is childproofed as much as possible, and she always eventually goes to sleep on her bed, so we don’t make a big deal about keeping her in bed after tucking her in. If she wants to get up, that’s her call. She earned it when she demonstrated the ability to climb out of her crib.
We’ll soon be removing the toddler bed/crib from her bedroom to put it in the baby’s bedroom (the baby currently sleeps in a co-sleeper bassinet in our room).
Post # 16
Our crib also converts to a toddler bed, but after that we will probably go straight to a full size bed. If you would have to go out and buy a toddler bed now, then in 2 years go and buy another bed, then just buy the bigger one now.