Toddler bed at one house, crib at another?

posted 1 week ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I’m no help on transitioning as my son is only 4 months. Lol. They do make 2 in 1 options (crib that converts to a toddler bed) so that might be something to consider.  My son is still in a bassinet but but we plan on going that route when the time comes.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

That happened to us. Our son was sleeping in a queen bed at my in-laws (they watched him one day a week and occasional overnights) but was still in a crib at our house. Didn’t seem to matter to him at all. We eventually transitioned him to a real bed about 7 mos later at our house too. He was a little over two at the time. Good luck! 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

llevinso :  my daughter stopped napping in a crib at daycare at 15 months (they have mats on the floor) but stayed in her crib at home until she was 2.5 years old. Zero issues at all! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Eh I think he’d be fine. I’d just tell them to buy a twin or whatever real bed size they want and skip the toddler bed completely.

My dd has always had different sleeping arrangements at daycare versus home and had zero issues.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

My guy just differentiates all the beds. Like a pp above, he stopped using a crib in daycare first – they just have floor mats, heaven knows how it’s successful with 15 kids. He never learned to climb out of the crib either, so it’s his time out space now. Very occasionaly he has to sleep there too, if he won’t stay in bed. But overall we transitioned him to his “new bed” so baby sister can have the crib when she outgrows the bassinet (geez there are a lot of beds in our house!). There’s also the “big bed” which he knows is just for the wee hours of the morning or weekends when he gets up. He has no problem understanding what’s what. Yours should be fine. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Something to be aware of- we had a convertible crib/bed (it converted from a crib to a toddler bed then full size bed) and when we switched him over to the toddler configuration, he fell out of the bed quite a bit. It was low to the floor so it wasn’t a far fall, but since he was so used to the crib, he did fall out regularly and started getting a little worried about going to sleep for a while. Since it’s only one day a week that your folks have your son, I’d be concerned that he doesn’t get much time to adjust to sleeping in the bed (which means he may fall out regularly for a while). I’d suggest they just get a twin mattress and put it on the floor for him so that he can transition and rolling out of the bed won’t be such an abrupt drop.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

TwilightRarity :  You can buy bed rails pretty cheap, or just stick a pool noodle under the sheet too.

We kept dd’s crib mattress on the floor next to her twin until she got used to it. Cushioned the fall a few times lol.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Westwood :  I’ve never heard of the pool noodle idea, that’s a great one. We did have bedrails that we could lower and we did that- as soon as it was gone, though, PLOP!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Frozen II Plastic Sleep and Play Toddler Bed

We got one of these plastic toddler bed frames for my parents’ house.  It fits a crib mattress.  I like it better than a mattress on the floor by itself, because there are edges to prevent toys or your kid from falling off.  But, there isn’t far to fall anyway because the mattress is sitting on the floor.  It also disassembles easily and we can toss it in the back of our minivan for vacations.  They have all different cartoon characters and they are fairly inexpensive at around $60.  My daughter is 3.5 and loves sleeping in it. 

At home she sleeps in what was previously the crib, with the toddler bed conversion rails on it.  She is tiny so she probably won’t need a twin mattress for a long time.  We switched to that when she climbed out of the crib at 2.  Honestly, she was so much happier and better behaved in the toddler bed than the crib anyway, after a very short learning curve of like 2-3 days.  I will probably try to switch my second child sooner.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

TwilightRarity :  that’s actually one (of many) reasons we went straight to a full. She has space to roll around and be crazy and doesn’t fall off (although it’s low to the ground so if she does she’d be fine). She used to roll and jam herself against the crib rails so I knew she’d fall out if we converted the crib to the toddler bed option. 

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