Our little guy is just about two years old, and we have another kiddo on the way, due to arrive this summer. I have heard so many parents talk about transitioning their toddler to a big boy or girl bed before the new baby comes and debating whether a toddler bed is best or if springing for the twin bed is what they should do. After asking a few friends who have experienced the same turmoil I am facing and doing some overly extensive research, I have come to a few conclusions of my own. Here is what I found out:
Your child’s age is a huge factor as to whether they are ready for a toddler bed, a twin bed, or if they need to stay a little longer in a crib. I have heard some say that if they can climb out of the crib, it’s time to move on to a bed, while others get creative and find ways to keep their babies in their cribs for as long as possible. I have met some parents who have moved their child to a bed when they were 18 months old and some who have waited until they were three years old. Such a variation! Let’s assume you have decided that your kid needs to leave the crib and embrace a bed; the age of your child is important to consider when choosing between a toddler bed and a twin bed. If they are on the younger end (i.e. 18 months to two years) I think that a toddler bed is the way to go. It’s small enough so that it will seem familiar to them. Most toddler beds even use the same mattress as a crib, and they are generally much lower to the ground for easier falls — which, lets face it, are inevitable. If your kid is a bit older, then I say spring for the twin! They can grow into it until they leave for college. Imagine not having to buy them another bed… ever. Sounds amazing.
2. Where Your Child Is Developmentally
Even if your child is ready for a bed upgrade age-wise, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are developmentally ready to spring from a crib to a twin. Sometimes the toddler bed is a necessary purchase to help them adjust and gradually move on to the twin bed. When it comes down to it, you just have to know your kid and what he or she would be comfortable with. The last thing you want to do is make the transition even harder on them and yourself by forcing them into a twin when they might not even be ready for a toddler bed! But you know your kids better than anyone!
Again, you know your children better than anyone else. If your kid isn’t walking yet, you might want to think about keeping them in the crib a bit longer. Then again, some kids are super developed in some ways, but don’t walk until they are older, because they just don’t want to. Every possibility is there, and when it comes down to it, it really rides on what you and your child are comfortable with. Weigh out the pros and cons for your own kid and make a decision based on that.
As for me and my research, I am opting for the toddler bed and I will likely move him into it about a month or so before we have the new baby. The toddler bed is closer to the ground, it takes up less space in our small home, and it is just what I am more comfortable with. Once you have made your decision on a toddler bed or a twin, then you have the joyous task of picking out a great one. My favorite toddler bed is this one from Land of Nod (pictured above). It’s pretty but could easily be used for a boy’s room. I love it!