S.A. asks from Ashville, OH on January 13, 2009
At What Age Do You Transition to a Toddler Bed?
My daughter is 2 years 3 months and we recently ordered a toddler bed for her. My husband thinks we should wait and set it up after she is potty trained in hopes that it will give her some incentive. I think she is ready for a toddler bed and maybe we should go ahead and move her into the toddler bed before she gets too attached to her crib? She seems to be very interested in her brother's bed (he will be 5 in March). Any suggestions?
M.H. answers from Cincinnati on January 18, 2009
I know I am a little late, but I have just gone through this. My daughter is exactly 2 1/2, and she JUST climbed out of her crib. So, we have switched her to the toddler bed. I had been wondering about it also, but everyone told me, wait until she tries to climb out or actually does. I didn't think she ever would but she did! Last night was her first night in her toddler bed (we have a convertible crib) and I am happy to say that she stayed in bed all night, and still called for me to come and get her in the morning (I don't think it sunk in that she could get out on her own!) We'll see how long that keeps going! LOL I also want to mention that she isn't potty trained yet either.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on January 15, 2009
Wait until she can either get out or shows interest in bigger beds. There's no reason to take a child out of the safety of the crib until they show a readiness for it!
K.Z. answers from Canton on January 14, 2009
My daughter is almost 25months old and we moved her to a toddler bed right before she was 2 and she loved it. She actually sleeps better now in the toddler bed than she was in her crib. It was a very smooth move, she slept prefectly fine from the 1st night in it.
R.B. answers from Toledo on January 14, 2009
She is old enough for a toddler bed, but you might want to consider a single bed with railings and save the money on the toddler bed. We bought a cute one that never got used. My daughter wouldn't sleep alone at that age, and I couldn't lie down next to her in a toddler bed to get her to sleep, whereas I could lie down with her in the single bed. Just a thought!
R.G. answers from Fort Wayne on January 14, 2009
This was just me personally but we transitioned her crib into her toddler bed when she was about 19-20 months. That didn't last too long, maybe 6 months before we got her a big bed. She is now 2 1/2 and sleeps in a twin bed. We are now focusing on her potty training and it is going very well. We tried starting that when she turned 2 but she wasn't really catching on. Waiting those 6 months worked wonders. She more consistent about telling us & about actually going on the potty.
Good luck with everything!
J.C. answers from Cincinnati on January 15, 2009
Go for it! If your child is showing interest, why wait? I don't think you should use this as an incentive for potty training. If potty training is going to take her awhile, she may be too big for her crib. This may even help with the potty traning if you tell her that big girls sleep in big girl beds and that big girls go to the potty. Since this is also just a toddler bed, the only difference is that it is low to the ground and she is not so caged in as she is in the crib but it is the same size. I put my daughter in a regular twin size bed at 2 1/2 yrs old, no problems whatsoever. She was getting too big for her crib and never wanted to sleep in it. Good luck!
D.T. answers from Muncie on January 13, 2009
My daughter is 29 months or 2 years and 5 months, this past weekend we moved her over to her big girl bed(Thursday noon nap). She's not potty trained, but that's next. We've had the bed set up in her room for a while though, she would play on it and sit on it, mostly getting used to it. You may be able to just move your girl into the big bed because you have an older child that makes it look fun and interesting. We cleared out her pack and play and set up her bed the same way and set her down for a nap just as we had before, keeping the routine the same and only the location change helped. The first few times she fussed at little more then usual, but she settled quickly enough. Now there's no fuss at all.
R.M. answers from Cleveland on January 14, 2009
We had to move Emily (my oldest) out of her bed at 22 months to make way for little Haley. We moved at the same time, so we talked up her new room and her new "big girl bed" all at once. She was pretty good about it, but the first few weeks there was a lot of up and down. We used our gate strategically..at first we placed it at the end of the hallway, but then moved it closer and closer to her door. (We have one of those gates that expands up to five feet and it portable.)
Eventually we placed it in her door frame and she figured out that she was supposed to stay put, but it took a good 3 weeks to get her to that realiziation.
When Haley turned 18 months old, we were contemplating trying the toddler bed with her and did it. She took to it wonderfully and is already in a twin bed in her sister's room at 22 months!
I think it all boils down to how ready your daughter is and if you think she will understand the concept. I wouldn't wait until she is potty trained, though. If she is interested in the big girl bed, take advantage of that and use it as a reinforcement of why she should potty train in the future (big girl bed, big girl potty, etc). I have a whole other opinion on that, but I'll wait for you to post that question later! :o) Good Luck!
A.W. answers from Cleveland on January 14, 2009
I transitioned my 2yr old son to a twin bed when he was 20 months old. He started sleeping on cots at school and did very well. He transitioned very well into his bed. For the first few months we did put up a gate in the doorway so he wouldn't wonder around.
Of course we make bedtime very special with songs, stories. We also have a few cool sheet/pillow sets for him and he seems to like this.
Good luck with the transition!
L.W. answers from Cincinnati on January 14, 2009
The question really is whether you are ready to deal with a toddler getting out of bed a million times a night. she might not do this--my oldest daughter didn't, but my son did all of the time. I guess my oldest didn't realize that you could get out of bed, but my son had seen his sister get out by that time and knew that it was a possibility. We put him in his big boy bed at about 23 months, and he was out of that thing every two minutes. In the end, we told him that if he got out of his bed he would go to his crib, and he didn't want to do that. We did have to put him in the crib, which we had left up, and it seemed to deter his desire to explore!
It was very stressful and difficult, though, so with our third we have left her in her crib. She's almost three, and we are thinking about keeping her there for even longer. We bought a crib tent, which you zip up to keep them in the crib so they can't get out and fall, and she loves it. She thinks it's cool, and she wants to sleep in it, so it's not a punishment.
After my son was already in his big boy bed, I read in a book about kids' sleep habits that they aren't ready for a big bed until they're three because they are too curious and want to get out and explore on their own at a younger age.
I'm not saying don't do it without a doubt, but just think about whether you're ready to deal with a child popping out of bed every few minutes.
M.F. answers from Dayton on January 14, 2009
We transitioned our oldest when he was 26 months (we knew we would need the crib when he was 30 months). We set the toddler bed up in his room where his crib had always been. We put his crib on a different wall. Anyway, we started with nap, and after two days he requested to sleep in his "big boy bed" We left the crib up for a week afterwards, just to make sure. He did great with the transition.