When to transition 1 year old to big boy bed? Baby 2 in May.

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

gpsp2B:  My son moved from a crib to a captain’s bed when he was 18 months old. He was constantly climbing over the sides of the crib and they were taller than the mattress on the capatian’s bed.

We used a side rail on the open side temporarily to prevent rolloffs in the midle of the night amd placed an ottoman at the foot of the bed for climbing up, but he never used it. He would put one foot on the shelf and then get up into the bed.

I would have the new bed delivered to your new home. He is old enough to get excited about having a big boy room and bed.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2006

My daughter never tried to climb out of her crib so I actually kept her In it until she was 3. I felt like she was safe. She was calm within the rails. if she had tried to climb out I would have been forced to transition her but I never had to.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My best friend moved her son into a full size bed around 2 years old. They just have the mattress on the ground in case he were to ever roll off.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

gpsp2B:  Captain’s beds have built in storage underneath the mattress so they are quite a bit higher than a regular bed.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

gpsp2B:  i think one might be a little young to make the transition to even a toddler bed, let alone a big boy bed. I know you have the new baby coming, hate the crib, and you probably want to get as much of this transition stuff out of the way as possible before new baby gets here, but while your son may be physically the right size for a real bed, he can’t possibly be mentally ready, and you are REALLY going to struggle with keeping him in the bed. I know when my daughter was one (and she is very smart) there was just no way I could have taught her not to roll off the bed, save maybe letting her actually roll off a bunch of times which I wasn’t willing to do and risk her snapping her neck just to get her out of the crib. You also have to consider the extra difficulty training him to stay in his bed/room at night at that age. Everyone I know says to leave them in the crib until they can physically climb out so they are as mentally ready as possible for the ttransition and it goes smoother.

My daughter is 2 and 4 months and we are just now making the transition to toddler bed, and trust me, its rough! If I wasn’t able to explain to her and have her understand at least on some level why she needs to stay in the toddler bed we’d be getting nowhere right now. One year olds are nowhere near that level of comprehension. Sounds like you are going to have to buy a new crib for baby 2 anyway so my advice would be to just leave him in there (buy cushion bumpers for the sides) until after may. I know its not ideal, but its one of the pitfalls of having kids so close together. I would just accept it instead of trying to force him to grow up faster than hes ready and risking injury to him just to get the transition out of the way before the new baby. Or for Pete’s sake at least try a safer toddler bed first so even if it doesn’t work no harm done to anyone but you and your sleep schedule! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

This article says the same; wait as long as you can. At one most kids are either just walking or starting to learn… There is no safety concern with them “climbing out.” If he’s too big you can also consider buying a better crib and using his squeaky one for the new baby who wont be moving in it in the meantime.

http://www.babycenter.com/404_how-and-when-should-i-move-my-child-from-a-crib-to-a-bed_4598.bc

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I just want to say that drop-side cribs are outdated and dangerous. They’re not up to current safety regulations. So get rid of that crib ASAP! If your MIL complains, cite the regs. This is something that our parents’ generation just isn’t aware of. My mom was shocked when I said the side of my crib didn’t go down and I was shocked that she thought it could. Times have changed.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My daughters climbed out of their cribs at 11 months and 15 months respectively- so we moved to toddler beds early. I had bought convertible cribs- so we just used those I instead of going straight to a regular bed, but I realize that’s not an option for you. If your son is tall as you say, then go for it.

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