Deciding when to move your toddler from a crib to a bed can be a tough one. Sometimes, it can seem like they’re really not ready, even if they’re of an age that’s suggested is suitable. Likewise they might seem ready way sooner than you’d expect.
Even though it would be easy to live by the book, there are no hard and fast rules as each child is different.
What’s the Average Age for Transitioning From a crib to a Bed?
As we mentioned above, there’s no set time when you have to replace your child’s crib with a regular or toddler bed, although most children make the switch sometime between the ages of one and three. It’s said that over 90% of 18-month-olds sleep in a crib, but that drops to around 80% at two years and 40% by the age of three.
If your child is particularly active, you might be worried that they could cause themselves harm by climbing or jumping from their crib. If this is a constant worry, it might be worth considering making the move.
The transition can be made somewhat easier by going for a convertible bed, so one that will change from a crib to a toddler bed. This means the contrast in their sleeping environment doesn’t alter too much.
Signs It’s Time to Move Your Toddler to a Bed
As well as the worries raised by an active toddler, there are a few other indicators that would suggest it’s time to move your toddler to a bed from a crib.
One obviously one would be their size, if your toddler is becoming too big for the crib for it to be comfortable, then a change to a toddler bed might be the best option.
One reason parents might make the switch to a bed is the arrival of another baby. If this is the situation you’re in, try to make the switch at least six to eight weeks before you’re due. That way, your toddler should be well settled in their new bed before there’s a new baby “taking over” their crib.
Depending on your toddler’s age, you may also consider delaying the switch to a bed until the new baby is 3 or 4 months old. Your newborn will probably spend those first few months sleeping in a moses basket anyway and doing it this way, will mean your toddler will have time to adjust to the new baby, making the transition to a bed easier when it does happen.
On the other hand, if you feel your toddler just isn’t ready, then a second crib would be a better option than making the transition prematurely.
Do You Have to Transition Straight From a Crib to a Bed
To put it simply, no. One way to make the transition from a crib to a full sized bed would be with a toddler bed. As we mentioned earlier, a convertible crib that can be altered to make a toddler bed is a great way of easing the change. Many toddler beds also come with built in guard rails, meaning should they move around, they’re unlikely to fall out and hurt themselves.
Another benefit of toddler beds over standard beds, is that they usually come in funky designs and shapes; such as cars, boats and four-poster princess themed. Making them a much more appealing option for your toddler.
So, Is There a Right Age to Get Your Child’s First Bed?
When it comes to buying your toddlers first bed, there main thing to remember is that there’s really no hard and fast rules as to when this should be, though evidence would suggest that generally older (between two and three) is better, as by this point your toddler should be able to make sense of the imaginary boundaries that are set when sleeping in a bed as opposed to a crib. Some toddlers simply aren’t ready for a bed and transitioning too early, could mean they become a danger to themselves if they’re able to get out and roam freely.