(Closed) Toddler Beds…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

everyone I says says there is no need for a toddler bed , that kids can go straight from a crib to a regular bed.  we will likely convert the crib to one just to save on space until we buy a big kid bed – or need the crib for the next baby!!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My nephew’s toddler bed is smaller and closer to the ground than a regular twin sized bed.  It also has removable rails (which are off now) that kept him from falling out in the middle of the night.  I’m not sure toddler beds are super necessary, but it might be nice to have. 

We just have a “convertible crib” that will change from a crib into a toddler bed, and then a twin sized bed, so we won’t have to buy the baby any new furniture.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Both of my girls had toddler beds with rails after the crib. I felt they were safer than having them flop and scoot around on the bed all night and if they rolled off the bed, they were less likely to hurt themselves. I’m a big fan of the toddler beds.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My son loves his toddler bed. Like the poster before me said they have guard rails on them to keep your child from falling out and if they do some how manage to fall out, cuz lets be honest kids manage to do alot of stuff, it’s so close to the ground that they won’t sustain any injuries or minimal injuries. I love the for those two facts along. My son has one (Disney Cars) and he loves it. Judging on how tall he is now, I estimate that he may be in it until he’s 5 or older.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It’s not a necessity, but they are nice to have. Kids are more comfortable and feel more secure in small spaces, so a twin sized bed can be a big large for them.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

My first bed after a crib…was a full sized bed.  I never had a problem with it, I loved my bed!  I think that toddler beds were made for people who don’t have the room for a twin size bed in their current nursery.  They make rails for twin beds, and most twin bed frames are pretty short anyways, so except for the length I really don’t see the difference.  (Except maybe you’ll have to buy a new mattress if your toddler pees all over it during potty training.)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@MightySapphire:  You could always put plastic sheets on the bed while “training.”  I’m with you on just going from crib to a normal bed.  You can buy varying height bed frames and rails for twin beds.  You could also put the bed in a corner so it’s surronded on three sides.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@beekiss2: Oh, good call on the corner idea!  Didn’t they used to sell plastic sheets or waterproof liners or something for beds?

Post # 11
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I used to have a plastic sheet on my bed Embarassed. I never had accidents during the day but I was such a heavy sleeper I never woke up to realize I had to potty. Anyways, I think it saved my mom a lot of money on having to buy a new mattress 🙂

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Eh well, maybe my son’s just spoiled rotten but as long as he loves it then he’ll have it and he absolutely loves his lightning mcqueen toddler bed! He’ll get another bed when he out grows that one. No biggie!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My son has a toddler bed. It is really low to the ground, small (his crib mattress fits it), and has rails on the part by his head so he can’t roll out. his mattress pad is a “plastic” one, like its lined or something. His mattress is also a weird plastic covering, not like our mattresses.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@babyboo: My sister was also a heavy sleeper, so growing up our bunkbeds had special mattresses that wicked away moisture.  Thinking about it now, the mattresses are very uncomfortable but for a little kid, it wasn’t a big deal.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think they are a waste of money, my daughter used a twin bed at 1.5 and has never fallen, you can always buy a railing if thats what you’re worried about. She loves her big girl bed too!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Our infant mattress is double sided, one side for infants, the other for toddlers.  And it does have that plastic lining.  I never thought of that, but it might be more economical to have a toddler bed because you could keep using the baby mattress.  Plus that plastic lining MUST be a lifesaver!

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