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I Chose Not To Use A Toddler Bed

By Naomi Odes |

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I may have mentioned before that my toddler doesn’t sleep in his crib. He probably slept there for 3 months total, and even then, not the whole night. Now, he sleeps in a big boy bed with a special pillow as a guard rail. Also, my husband ends up sleeping with him for a portion of every night, and to add to that, he sleeps with me sometimes too.

So, I guess that whole musical beds game is still going on. Well, after this weekend, everything could change.

Maybe if we had decided to use a toddler bed things would be different. But I just couldn’t bring myself to get a toddler bed. Sure, a toddler bed gives your overpriced crib mattress another couple of years of life, and toddler beds are totally adorable, even still, we decided to skip them.

Why you ask? The transition to big boy bed seems so comparitively, huge, right? Toddler beds are so low to the ground, they have built-in rails, much easier for a kid to get used to, but for us there were a few reasons not to go down that route.

1. Toddler beds are so temporary. To spend more money on a non-permanent item after the whole slew of baby crapola just left our fingers didn’t sit well from an environmental perspective.

2. The financial expense also seemed unecessary. Sure we could’ve found a toddler bed for really cheap on Craig’s list, and like I said above, we wouldn’t have to get a new mattress, but we still decided it wasn’t the route for us.

3. We are big cuddlers in our house. Some people might call it co-sleeping. If we got toddlers’ beds, the only place left to cuddle in our house would be in our bed. Yes, we let our kids in our bed but it’s nice to have options. I guess we like the musical bed game.

4. We happened to find two cute matching big boy beds that fit perfectly in our kids’ room. So, that was that. Big boy beds beat out toddler beds. I’m happy that we don’t have to buy our boys new beds in 3 years, as they can probably stick with these for a good 10. Of course, this could change, when they decide they want bunk beds in 5 years.

5. We’d probably need two of them, since I have a 1 and a 3 year old, rather than keep transitioning both boys. Then we’d need to offload two in a couple of years.

Are we worried that they fall out of bed? Yes, but when they do there’s a nice soft rug under them and it’s
only about 24 inches from the floor. Last week Shnook fell out of bed but didn’t even wake up. Meanwhile, both my boys like sleeping in their big boy beds together in the same room.

What do you think about Toddler Beds?

More by Naomi:
Adventures In Weaning From A Dad’s Perspective
Why I’m Ready For My Toddler To Be A Kid
Weaning Update:We’re Down To The Wire

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “I Chose Not To Use A Toddler Bed

  1. BeccaV says:

    We went right from a crib to a full sized bed when our son was 2. We didn’t see the point of the extra expense either. Two sides of his bed are against the wall and the bed is close to the ground so we really were not worried about him falling out either. I think he’s fallen out of the bed 2 or 3 times in the 1.5 years we have had it. The last time he just crawled right back into bed and went to sleep!

  2. KeAnne says:

    We decided to see if our toddler was ready for a toddler bed at 18m by putting our guest room’s full mattress on the floor of his room. Over a year later, he’s still sleeping on the mattress. I’m a little embarrassed, but it works. We’re planning on transitioning him to a real bed soon, but it will be a full-sized bed, not a toddler bed.

  3. Megan says:

    We used a toddler bed with my son, only because the crib we bought transitioned to one. If it hadn’t we would have gone straight to a big kid bed. We will see what happens with our daughter. We’ll do the toddler bed unless we end up needing the crib again, then she’ll just get the big girl bed, probably my old one from when I was a kid.

  4. Gwendolyn says:

    My son slept with me from 10 months of age until he was 2 years and 3 months old. He woke up frequently due to allergies, like more than three times every freaking night and getting him back to sleep was a nightmare. I was a zombie all of the time.

    So after many months of drama, blah blah blah and getting most of his allergies under control, I decided it would be nice to sleep in the same room as my husband once more. So I painted my son’s room (which was unused since moving in the house) and fixed it up all nice and got a big fat Thomas the Train toddler bed that looks just like Thomas.

    Yes, people may cringe at them as I once had…but he sleeps IN the bed and is sleeping through the night now at 30 months of age. It’s pure freaking bliss. I will probably cry when he grows out of that thing.

  5. Meagan says:

    Our crib converts to a toddler bed… I thought they pretty much all did!

  6. cocoschmoco says:

    Our older son slept with us until about 24 months – we bought an Ikea toddler bed (longer than a crib mattress, smaller than a twin bed), and he loved it, and has been sleeping in it since (he’s now four). My younger son is 18 months, and we’re planning on just getting a twin mattress, and eventually swapping beds when he gets older and is sleeping through the night. I don’t regret the toddler bed, I think we’ve gotten a good amount of use out of it. And it’s big/sturdy enough for a grown-up to cuddle him, if need be!

  7. HeyBeckyJ says:

    We will be skipping the toddler bed as well. We plan to move my daughter from the crib to a twin mattress on the floor. We already have the twin mattress, and will need the crib for baby number two. So it’s one less thing to buy and one less transition to make.

  8. Lo says:

    No toddler bed here too. It does not make sense to me either…I chose to have the biggest crib i could find for my girl and left her sleeping there up to two year’s old. We lowered the side when she grew so that she could could climb easily. Then it was a big bed for her, she fell few times but there is a nice thick rug close to her bed. Like Shnook, the fall did not even wake her…I’m expecting to do the same thing with my 1 year old son…It is not about giving credit or treat them like adults when they are not or anything…it is about being practical.

  9. Nathalie says:

    My daughter and I co-slept until she was about 8 months old (as a single mom, the choice was easy to make) then she would fall asleep in her crib and when she would wake up in the middle of the night, I would bring her in bed with me. I switched to a twin-size bed when she was about 20 months old because her feet would get caught between the rails as she was sleeping and that would wake her up at night. I chose a twin-size mattress set that I put on the ground, and as she was used to sleep in my bed I didn’t even bother buying one of those side rails, I just put a few pillows on the ground, she never fell. At first she did not want me to take down the crib, so for a few weeks she had both in her room, that took out some of the stress as she felt safer knowing that she still had that option, but never did she ask to go back. She will be 3 in July, and every morning she joins me in my bed when the sun comes up and we cuddle until the alarm clock goes off. :)

  10. JennyG says:

    She went straight from her crib to a double sized bed. I thought the whole toddler bed thing was a waste of money and didn’t make sense. She absolutely loved her big bed from day one.

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