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12 Awesome Toddler Beds That Might Keep Your Toddler in Bed

By ilanawiles |

The time has finally come. At two and a half, we are ready to transition Mazzy from a crib to a bed.

Well, we’re not really ready, but we were told by our pediatrician— that’s what we are supposed to do. Especially since we have a new baby arriving in November and we don’t want Mazzy to think that the baby is here to steal her stuff.

One reason I am scared of a toddler bed, is that Mazzy has never tried to escape her crib at night once. She loves her crib. She sleeps with her hands and feet pressed up against the bars or practically hanging out between the slats. Plus, she refuses to use any kind of blanket or pillow, even in the winter.

On cold nights, I have snuck in to lie a blanket on top of her after she has fallen asleep, only to find it tossed to the ground in the morning.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine Mazzy sleeping in a toddler regular bed absent a blanket and pillow.

I also can’t imagine Mazzy willingly climbing into her bed and staying there when she has the freedom to get up and move about. I can just see the countless number of times, she will wander into our room and announce, “I’m awake!”

But on the positive side, Mazzy wakes up really early (before six most mornings) and screams for her father or me to take her out of her crib. Perhaps, if she can get out of bed of her own accord, we’ll get a few more precious hours of sleep?

Next step— teaching her to open the fridge, pour herself some milk and turn on the television.

Below are 12 of the coolest toddler beds I found on Pinterest— maybe one of them is compelling enough to make my daughter stay in it throughout the night.

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12 Awesome Toddler Beds

Modern Built-in Bed

How cool is this modern bed built-in to the wall? With modular playspaces above.
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Related: How to Prepare a Toddler for a New Baby

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10 thoughts on “12 Awesome Toddler Beds That Might Keep Your Toddler in Bed

  1. AdorzDMB says:

    Ditto on the next bed but I also want an NYC apt big enough to fit that next bed. One for me an DH and one for the kid’s own room!!!

  2. AdorzDMB says:

    **Nest Bed

  3. neal says:

    Addison is 2.5 and we’re contemplating the crib-bed switch right now, too. She doesn’t sleep with blankets (yet) either. I’m not looking forward to this. I’m a bit of the opinion that she might be able to sleep in her crib for maybe…sixteen more years. She’ll have to do a tight fetal position, but I think it could work. My wife disagrees.
    But maybe I’d get on-board if we could transition her to a drawer like the Japanese businessmen in Seinfeld.

  4. Tina says:

    a good way to see if your child is ready for a bed is to take off the drop side of the crib and have the bed closest to the floor. If this works then they are ready if you think they might fall out then just put the mattress on the floor then the roll wont hurt. As for a blanket some children don’t need them and may never use them at night. Mine is now 20 years old and still won’t use a blanket in the bed unless she’s really cold.

  5. Becky says:

    Personally, if your daughter is happy in a crib, I would leave her there. It’s far safer than having a 2.5 year old running around the house if she wakes up. My 5th son stayed in his crib til he was 4. He was small so that wasn’t a problem, and when he started crawling out we transferred him to a cool race car bed. If your new baby is due in Nov, get a cradle or basinette for new baby and that will keep your toddler in her bed for at least a few more months.

  6. Lauri says:

    I think I will try to make the moon bed for my upcoming grand daughter….the nest bed looks like a good one for my pillow crazed teenage daughter….and the tree house looks awesome for most kids….love the Tee Pee too….o geez, I think I like most all of them! Fun ideas!!

  7. Janey says:

    “Modern Built-in Bed … With modular playspaces above”

    What are you talking about?
    How tall dos the child have to be to reach those playspaces?

  8. Mary Bouchard says:

    I did a doll house bed it is wonderful can’t keep the grandkids out of that room they love napping and playing in there even adults dont want to come out of that room.

  9. nj hemphill says:

    i love the idea of the pallet bed but would caution that many wood pallets are made with treated lumber & may leech chemicals for many years…just an fyi…:) great beds & i <3 the moon :) want one for me…thanks for sharing all these awesome beds!

  10. sue marshall says:

    Dr. right baby should be put in real bed now so she does’t feel pushed out when the baby gets here…also can put a baby-gate at her door-way so she can’t wonder all around the house..good luck

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