S.M. asks from Issaquah, WA on March 21, 2008
S.M. answers from Portland on March 24, 2008
We bought a twin mattress/box and just put it on the floor, incase of a fall out of bed incident. It worked great and we still got to make a big deal out of a big kid bed, even though it wasnt in a frame. When they were older (6th birthday) they got to help pick out a frame.
Each of my three got to do this, it was a great system.
Portland Mom of three.
A.C. answers from Eugene on March 23, 2008
We tried putting my son in his toddler bed and he refused to sleep in it. We have had major luck with his twin bed though. My husband built it from scratch, and put railings on the side. He sleeps great in it and loves his big boy bed.
S.L. answers from Yakima on March 22, 2008
When it came time for us we bought the Captains' bed which is the bed that has the drawers below and very low to the ground. If they were to fall out they would not fall far and the few times they did, they just fellright back to sleep or didn;t even wake up at all just kept on sleeping until morming. Just a suggestiion but the toddler beds are a waste of money as they are no bigger then a crib and they grow out of them so quick. You can always buy bedrails too, if you buy a regular twin bed.
Hope this helps. Good luck. S.
C.J. answers from Richland on March 22, 2008
My 2.5 year old just moved into his new twin bed. My mother has a toddler bed for him when he stays with her. Personally, I prefer the twin bed as it's big enough for me to climb in with him to rub his back and sing to him to help him fall asleep. He seems to sleep fine in either. If money is a concern, the twin bed (with a good waterproof mattress cover!) will last your child alot longer!!!
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M.C. answers from Portland on March 22, 2008
My boys were both really long (tall) and I found it was just easier to put them in a twin. At almost 2, your son might find it great to be able to stretch otu more. I do recommend one of those bed rails (or whatever they are called) to help him from falling out, though! My 23 month old would probably fall out of his twin bed without it!
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K.C. answers from Seattle on March 24, 2008
My son just recently transitioned to a twin bed from a crib. He was a little over 3 (he didn't want to leave his crib). Although it was tough at first we felt it would be better to just go to a bed and not have to transition again. We got him fun bedding, a bed rail that you can install and there are twin bed frames that are close to the ground (we got a captains bed so was a bit scarier/higher). I was trying to ease him into it but my husband voted for cold turkey and it worked. My friends have also said the sooner the better, I think we waited to long. Good luck. :)
N.W. answers from Portland on March 22, 2008
S., Why move your little guy out of his crib???? You say he is not yet two. Several good reasons to continue using the crib. Safety and security are on the top of the list. You need him to be safe and he needs to feel secure. Don't do this now if you don't absolutely have to! Gran
R.S. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2008
We converted our son's crib to a toddler bed first and attached one of the safety bed rails you can buy. We put it all the way at one end, so he could get in and out by himself and that seemed to work really well. We used that for 3 or 4 months and then moved him to a twin bed. He's had no problems with it and loves his new bed! Good luck!
M.B. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2008
When it was time to move my son out of his crib, we started with just a mattress on the floor, in case he fell off. We were (still are) tight on finances, so we couldn't afford something that wouldn't grow with him. Anyway, he didn't like the mattress on the floor idea, so we moved him into a twin sized bed that had one of the removable safety railings. The one we got has a metal disk that went between the box springs and mattress and looked kinda like this: |---- (|=the disk, ---- =the straps) It's hard for me to describe, but the disk controlled the slack of the mesh railing, and prevented the whole thing from just falling off the bed. The side part was about 3 feet by 3 feet, and the metal bars went between the mattress and box springs too. I don't know if I'm being clear at all, but you can find them at Target or Babies "R" Us for fairly inexpensive.
Hope this helps,
if you have more questions feel free to send me a message,
K.D. answers from Portland on March 22, 2008
We moved both of our children from a crib to a twin bed with a rail. We figured they'd use the twin bed for several years whereas the toddler bed you'd eventually need to then move them once more to a twin bed. Our kids never were great sleepers, but they seemed to transition just fine.
L.P. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2008
I agree with most other people here...My son will be 3 in May, and I have thought long and hard about this exact issue....I am getting a twin bed (the slat kind that aren't as high up since they don't have boxspring)for a few reasons: 1) you can lay on the bed together to read books, etc...with a toddler bed, they often have weight limits of 70-100 pounds. 2) I don't want to buy new 'bigger boy" decor for toddler bed and turn around and have to re-do and spend more money in a year or so 3) The rails for twins work fine....Totally saves money. You can add a boxspring to the slat beds when the child is older, making it more like a regular twin bed...BUt for now, I only have to spend the money on the bed and a top mattress....