Good Questions: Toddler Bed or Twin?

Good Questions: Toddler Bed or Twin?

Julia Cho
Aug 1, 2008

Ohdeedoh readers- Grace needs your advice!

I had a question for the Ohdeedoh readers - toddler beds. We realized that we totally WASTED our money on our crib cause our almost 2 year old son has started climbing out of it! We should've just bought a cheap one! Anyways, do you know how long toddler beds go for or is it just better to move onto a twin bed with rails?

The objection we're having with the twin bed is that all of them are kind of high for a 2-year old to climb on to. But the toddler beds seem like a waste of time to put together/buy if they don't last too long. We should've maybe bought the whole Stokke system from the beginning but the steep price deterred us although the price doesn't seem that bad now considering 3 different types of furniture! The extendable bed from Ikea is what we were considering but the mattress on that didn't seem too good. I would like any input from you or your readers as we're really agonizing over this toddler-wandering-not-sleeping problem!

While we're big fans of the toddler beds at Ikea, going straight to a twin is probably the more efficient way to go. You can get extra long guard rails, and you can put pillows on the floor if that helps. Toddler beds are actually a pretty new thing. Most of us didn't have them!

Another thing a lot of parents do is transition by putting the twin mattress on the floor first until the child is comfortable with the larger mattress. Then, when you're ready, you can put it up on the frame. If you like to sit on the bed with your child and read- the twin will also make that easier.

Readers- what worked for you? Has anyone tried the convertible toddler bed at Ikea?

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