When should I switch my toddler from a crib to a toddler bed?

I keep seeing on the toddler beds in the store that the age is for 15 months and up. My daughter is almost 16 months, I can't picture her sleeping in one any time soon. What age did you put your toddler in one?


Asked by Mom2vanna at 1:51 PM on Feb. 12, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • When they start climbing out of the crib or when a new brother or sister is due. I never used a toddler bed but moved the children right to twin beds. The older moved to a bed when his brother was on the way and I didn't want him to feel that the new baby took his bed. The younger started climbing out of the crib when he was about a year and a half, so I put him in a bed then.

    Answer by Bmat at 1:55 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • My son started climbing out of his crib at 11 months!! We put him in a toddler bed because he kept falling out. He did actually did great. So, I say whenever you think your child is ready.

    Answer by CjsMama914 at 1:57 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • As long as a child is in a bed by age 4 you can move her when you're ready or if she asks for a big bed.

    If she climbs out of the crib, switching to a bed isn't necessarily your only option. You could simply put the rail of the crib down and put pillows/cushions on the floor (plus a gate at the door). The pillows will soften a fall and the gate keeps her safe in her room.

    You can also put the crib mattress on it's lowest setting which makes it harder to climb out in the first place.

    My twins are 26 mos and still sleep in their cribs. Their cribs do convert to toddler beds but I'd prefer to just move them right into twin beds (with side rails of course). If I can just get DH on board we'll make the switch soon.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 2:02 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • It's really when you're ready. We put our's in one at a year, but it took 3 months for her to get used to it. You just have to find the right one for you LO and be patient during the transition. And don't give up. Once you switch stick with it.

    Answer by Momma2beauties at 2:15 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • About 18 months is how old my daughter was.

    Answer by Navymama at 2:29 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • We got our son a toddler bed, with side guards, a month before he turned two. It has done really great sleeping in it and has not fallen off.

    Answer by cmlockwood at 2:56 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • We put ours in a regular bed at 15 months. (twin size)

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 3:21 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • This is not age based. You have to evaluate your child's curiosity level, energy level, and maturity... how likely is he to obey rules when you aren't there to enforce them?

    When to move yours - to either a toddler bed or larger, it doesn't matter which -
    (1) Are you prepared to take your child back to bed without saying a word dozens of times all evening long and during the night?
    (2) Are you prepared for the naps to go away, no matter how exhausted and cranky your toddler is?
    (3) Are you prepared to find some way to keep your child IN his room all night so he doesn't destroy the house and harm himself at 2am by trying to make his own cereal in the toaster?

    There are no barriers to keep him in a bed. While you can say "stay in bed", if he can see it and get to it, it MUST be part of his bed. That goes for furniture to climb, curtains to swing from, toys to play with, books to read, other rooms to explore.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:54 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • Oh, and my child is VERY curious, has VERY high energy, and is a typical 2.5 year old... which means she has very little maturity. I know that my child would stop napping and would wander the house in the night to play with forbidden items while I'm not there to tell her no. Because of that, she's still in her crib though I am working on transitioning her by her 3rd birthday.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:57 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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  • I completely agree with kaycee 14. I do not plan on transitioning my son until he is 3. He hasn't started to climb out, but if he does I will use a crib tent. I know too many people who transitioned too soon and then their child started having sleep trouble. I know my son would not nap and maybe even some night wakings. I don't see the point in doing it any earlier.

    Answer by mazonmom at 4:41 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

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