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When to Transition From Crib to A Toddler Bed?

When to Transition From Crib to A Toddler Bed?

Cameron Smith |

Transitioning your child from a cot to a toddler may be a stressful task for parents, but Bedroomking is one of the top bespoke companies that lets you personalize beds to fit your child's needs. Between the ages of 18 months and 3 years is the ideal time to move your kid from a cot to a toddler bed. During the transition, one of the most crucial decisions for your child is selecting the ideal kid’s bed. It is usually advisable to choose a twin-sized bed with guardrails for your child's safety, taking into consideration their demands.

How old is old enough for a toddler bed?

For your toddler's safety, the ideal age range to transition them to a children’s bed is usually between 18 months and 3 years old. This transition is usually triggered by behaviours such as crawling out of the cot, outgrowing the cot, or showing interest in a "big kid" bed. When making this transition, safety is the most crucial factor to consider. Ensure that the child can get in and out of bed safely and that the bed is low to the floor with guardrails to prevent fall. The child must also comprehend the fundamentals of good sleep hygiene to stay in bed at night. Given the distinctive nature of each kid, parents ought to consider developmental markers and readiness.

What type of bed to choose for your toddler?

Transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed is a significant milestone. Here are some types of beds you can consider for this transition:

Toddler Bed –

  • Single beds for girls and boys also known as a twin beds are designed to use the same crib mattress.
  • Often comes with built-in guardrails to prevent falls.
  • Familiar size and comfort, making the transition easier. Lower to the ground for safety in addition to a foam or spring mattress for your toddler.

Twin Bed with Safety Rails:

  • Standard twin-size bed with attachable safety rails.
  • Can be used longer as the child grows.
  • Cost-effective in the long run since it won't need to be replaced as quickly. More options for bedding and accessories.

Convertible Crib:

  • Crib that converts into a toddler bed (and sometimes into a twin bed).
  • Gaming beds for boys or pretty girls’ beds, can attract your toddler and make this transition much easier for you.
  • Multiple stages of use from infancy to early childhood.

Floor Bed (Montessori Bed)

  • Mattress placed directly on the floor or a very low frame.
  • Encourages independence as the child can get in and out of bed by themselves.
  • Safe because there's no risk of falling from a height. Encourages a sense of freedom and independence.

Considerations When Choosing a Toddler Bed

  • Ensure the bed has sturdy construction and secure rails if needed.
  • Choose a bed that fits comfortably in the room without overcrowding it.
  • Ensure your child is ready for the transition, showing signs such as climbing out of the crib or expressing interest in a “big kid” bed.
  • Consider how much you are willing to spend, especially if you need to buy new bedding and accessories.

Ottoman Beds

To make this transition easy and comfortable parents can go for ottoman bed, which allows you to store your child’s stuff in their bed.

  • This bed can be customised as per your child’s interest, for example, car’s bed boys, single beds for boys and girls, pink beds for girls and much more.


Q1. Is 18 months to early for toddler bed?

Ans. The transition of a toddler to a big kid bed depends on the toddler’s mobility and their surroundings.  Some children are not ready for the transition until 18 months or later however some 18 months old or younger might be fine.

Q2. Is toddler bed as the same size as the single bed?

Ans. A standard bed measures 90cm x 190cm whereas a toddler bed measures 70cm x 140cm.

Q3. What safety precautions should I take with the toddler bed?

 Ans. As a parent selecting a bed is the most important part of this transition, however the bed should be sturdy with guardrails, and low to the ground. The bed should be made out the non-toxic material and with smooth edges.

Q4. Can I use the same mattress from the crib in the toddler bed?

Ans. Yes you can use the same mattress from the crib in the toddler bed if it fits the requirements of the bed properly, however, make sure there are no gaps between the sides of the bed as it can be a major risk factor.

Q5. Should I expect changes in my child’s sleep patterns after this transition

Ans. Yes, it is possible that your child’s sleep patterns might change after the transition due to the changes, however, be patient and consistent with the sleep schedule of your child.

Q6. What if my child is resistant to transitioning to a toddler bed?

Ans. the best way to reassure your child and involve them in choosing the bed or making the room according to their preferences.

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