At what age did you transition your child from crib to bed?


Asked by Candice_c3 at 12:54 AM on Dec. 15, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Ethans still in a crib and pack n play when we are not at home. He doesnt even try to climb out though. I hear not to switch them until you have to. I hear it can be way harder when they can get up. So when Ethan starts to try to get out of the crib or gets just way to big is when we will switch. Until then...seems like the toddler bed comes with a whole lot of more problems. I'm curious to see what others say? good question...

    Answer by mommy-momo at 12:56 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • No toddler bed. Straight to a regular bed at age three. He was able to climb out of his crib.

    We decided against a toddler bed because we didn't want to bed shop twice. My parents bought him a queen sized bed because we'd already estimated that he'd be about 6'3" tall...we decided to go with a big bed rather than an extra long because it can be harder to find good bedding. Also, his bed doubles as a guest bed when we need it.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:03 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • at 15 months for my boys.
    they kept getting there legs stuck in the railings
    We love it. i close there door but have a baby monator.
    if they arnt all the way tired they get up play for a lil while then lay down when ready.
    Mornings they get up play. knock on the door when they want out. lol they dont relize i have a monator lol*
    They are 17 months now and yes at 1st it was a lil hard. now everyone sleeps better

    Answer by mama2twins07 at 1:04 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • Dylan was about 18 months. I did the whole getting her excited for it thing I mentioned in your journal post. I took her to ToysRus and let her test out the beds, she picked out what bedding she wanted and was very excited once she got her bed. She fell out of her bed a lot so I put one side against the wall and set up some blankets on the floor so she wouldn't get hurt. I left her door open, but put up a fence so she couldn't just wander off. Try it out. It might help with the crying at night. You can always leave the crib up just in case she isn't quite ready for the bed.

    Answer by dylsmom at 1:42 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • All three were about 15 months old and to a regular bed, and only had trouble with my youngest. The other two just climbed in and went to sleep. To me, waiting until they climb out is taking too big a chance they get hurt. My cousin broke her leg as a toddler because her leg became caught in the slats as she was climbing out. Besides....our boys hit the height limit of the crib...35" (the older two anyway)

    If you make the decision to put them in a bed though....take the crib down. Out of sight, out of mind. With the crib up, they will see "their bed" and are more likely to want back in there...making the move to a bed that much harder.

    There is no magical age when they're ready...when you decide you want them out of the crib, take them out!! There isn't even any rule that they have to sleep in a crib to begin with anyway!!!

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:02 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • My kids have never been the ones to even attempt crawling out of their cribs, so I kept them in there until they were 2 and then put them straight into a twin size bed.

    Answer by Silvertears1275 at 7:05 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • About a week after her first b-day. Her crib was just unsafe and she had figured out how to drop the side of the crib by herself. Her crib was supposed to turn in to a toddler bed but it was ridiculously high off the ground and she had short stubby little legs so we went out and bought a $50 one that was MUCH closer to the ground.

    We never had a problem with her sleeping in it. The first night or so we had to put her back in bed once or twice but after that it's been a dream with her. :)

    Answer by Xynyth at 7:37 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • My oldest was 18 months, my youngest was 14 months. i switched them when they learned to climb out of the crib.

    Answer by Courtney610 at 7:49 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • My son was 22 months, and he forced the decision rather quickly, because he climbed out of his crib and fractured his arm! My BIG mistake- watch for signs of climbing, and then get them out of that crib!

    Answer by gvillekilnbilly at 7:51 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • she was about 13 months we switched her the first time she climbed out of her crib

    Answer by sweetdragoness at 7:53 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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