J.S. asks from Aurora, IL on October 05, 2007
Toddler Getting Ready to Go into a Bed from Crib-don't Know What to Buy
My daughter is turning 2 on October 19th and we're investigating getting a bed for her birthday. My husband likes the toddler beds, but I think we should get a twin bed. I've been suggested that if my daughter gets sick I can't lay next to her on the toddler bed, I'm not sure what the right way to go is and where to get a bed. We also have an infant due to make an appearance at the end of January.
J.G. answers from Chicago on October 05, 2007
We purchased a bed from Ikea for our 2-year old. It's bigger than a toddler bed but smaller that a twin (it's not quite as long, narrower and much closer to the floor.
It has worked very well and when she has had trouble sleeping, I have been able to fit in with her. I think it's from the Mamut range (not sure on the spelling), but they have several beds all the same sort of size.
K.T. answers from Chicago on October 06, 2007
I would recommend a twin bed. I think toddler beds tend to be a waste of money...they can only use them for a few years and the nice ones can be costly. Once they've outgrown them, then you have to buy another bed. My son was only 20 months when we switched him from a crib to his big boy bed and he adjusted well. We put up a side rail and we actually didn't even use it very long. If you are worried about a twin bed being too high/tall, get one from IKEA. They tend to be lower. Whatever you do, don't buy their mid-sized kids bed (it is bigger than a toddler bed but smaller than a twin bed)--you will have to buy a specific mattress (as the crib mattress is too small) and the only sheets that fit it are from IKEA. My girlfriend bought one and was kicking herself.
Now that my son is almost five, we have switched out his baby changing table, dresser, etc. and have purchased furniture to match the twin bed. Good luck!
A.G. answers from Chicago on October 08, 2007
We converted our daughter right to a twin bed from her crib and had no trouble. She was climbing out of her crib at 21 months so we didn't have a choice because we didn't want her to fall out in the middle of the night! We chose a twin bed from IKEA. Not so much the name but they had the best daybed we could find out of everything for the price. She is surrounded on three sides because it's a daybed and we put a safety rail on the open side "just in case" since I don't know how much she tosses and turns during the night. We bought a little step stool at Target so she can get up into the bed without having to stretch and she loves it! I think the best part is that she'll have plenty of time to grow into it, and it has a trundle for when sleepovers start later on in life!
Hope this helps~ Happy shopping!
P. answers from Chicago on October 06, 2007
To get our little girl used to sleeping in a bed, we bought her a toddler bed. They are not expensive at all. We bought her an inexpensive one from Walmart. She's been sleeping in it for over a year now and it's sturdy and looks great. You can use the crib mattress for it and also crib sheets. We'll be buying her a regular bed sometime in the beginning of next year, but we had no problems switching her from her crib to the toddler bed, I think because it wasn't a large bed and she still felt secure.
S.P. answers from Chicago on October 08, 2007
We went from a crib to a trundle bed - twin size. We started in the trundle (made falling out less painful) and then worked our way to the higher bed. Our son was 2 years and 7 months when we switched. We made a big deal and showed him the bed and worked towards the "special day". It makes reading time easier and we eventually got the safety bar but since it is a trundle bed had to get a special one.
in Lisle, IL
S.G. answers from Chicago on October 08, 2007
We had best luck with a twin mattress directly on the floor. Makes falling and getting out of bed trivial. Later, you can add a box spring and then frame. Also: going with a standard sized bed means you can get cute sheets easily enough. Getting into and out of bed with you daughter might be tougher later in your pregnancy, but it's a good transitional state.
S.N. answers from Chicago on October 07, 2007
We skipped the toddler bed. Our 20 month old has a twin trundle bed from Costco with the Moonlight Slumber twin mattress. Love them both. She sleeps in the trundle part of the bed so we do not have to worry about her falling out.
Hope this helps.
A.P. answers from Chicago on October 05, 2007
I put my daughter in a toddler bed originally. She slept in it fine. But she became a crazy sleeper, tossing and turning all over the place. So I had my double size bed from before I got married, so we set that up for her and it worked out perfectly! She has a ton of room now to spread out, and I can lay with her also when she needs me.