Twin or Toddler Bed

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Twin or Toddler Bed
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 7:32am

My youngest (almost 2) is ready to move to a big boy bed and we are trying to decide what type of bed to get.

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 10:56am
Our crib (used for both kids) is also a convertible. It's a crib, toddler bed, and then a full sized bed. We've never used it for anything other than a crib. DD was that last to use it, and when she was ready for a bed we just got her a twin sized day bed that fit her room better than a full sized bed would. Plus, she was very excited about her "big girl bed."

IMO, a twin bed would make more sense, if you can afford it now. I'd think a toddler bed would last until about age 4ish. He'd probably want a regular bed by the time kindergarten rolls around.

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 4:55pm

We used the crib as a toddler daybed until DS outgrew it, then got him a twin so DD could have the crib.

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Registered: 07-15-2007
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 6:03pm

I just went through this delima with my DS because we needed a crib mattress for the new baby!

He is 3 years now, and we decided to keep him in his toddler bed for now. He likes it, it is low, and I felt a twin bed was too high. He is 90% for height and has plenty of room still. When we do buy him a new bed I want to get him a cool bunk bed, and we felt that 3 was just too young for that yet. I didn't want to buy a twin or trundle, buy both mattresses, new bedding, etc for a short amount of time.

So we bought a new crib mattress for the baby and he is sticking with his bed for now. I think they can stay in a toddler for awhile, depending on height. I still don't like that a twin bed is very high off the ground, so we will wait till the baby needs the toddler bed then revaluate about what to do with DS's bed!

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 8:22pm

Thanks for the input!

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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 8:27pm

We got bunk beds for my older 2 when DS#1 was almost 4.

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 10:05pm
I would just take the side off the crib and maybe put a rail on it so he doesn't fall out. He can sleep in it until he's about 5, if he's a normal size kiddo. It's actually a 5 year crib. A crib mattress will be plenty comfortable enough for a long time to come. If you notice extra crankiness or other signs of inadequate sleep, it's time to move up. But I think it will work for a while. Then, in a couple of years, you can get that twin bed and new bedding, when you find what you need on a great sale. Make a big deal about it then. It just doens't make sense to me to buy a crib with all these great convertible features and then not use them! LOL
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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 12:52am
If your going to have to buy a bed anyways. Go right for the twin bed. You could probably find a cheap bed frame and head board at a resale or rummage. Then just buy new mattresses. I never buy used mattresses from anywhere. Just a sanitary issue. They do sell bed rails that slide under the mattress. So your child does not fall out of bed.

 

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 9:02am
Yep we've got the bed rail from the other kids, it is just the mattress and bedding costs that worry me. I'm like you, I would never buy a used mattress. Yuck!

I'm hoping we can make something work with BILs toddler bed and then we can upgrade to a twin when he outgrows it.
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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 9:10am
Wow I didn't know they could fit in a toddler bed that long! I'm definitely leaning that way just because of the cost of a new mattress and bedding right now. As for converting the crib... I'd be more comfortable with it if the side that we took off was the drop side but it is the fixed side. Our crib was part of the recall and has been used for 9 years and while it seems sturdy I'm a little concerned with taking away the solid side.
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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 9:22am

DS was in a toddler bed from 18 months until 5.

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