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toddler be or full size w/ rail?

Postby lovlya » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:40 pm

Was wondering what everyone had success with? Thinking I want to try to switch her bed soon (pregnant and thought it would be a good time to transition) but I know some who don't do a toddler bed they go straight into a full size with a rail. A bit worried about her getting out at night (although she hasn't tried climbing out of the crib yet). Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Postby babyhelstrup » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:36 pm

Well I think that weather you get a toddler bed or a big bed with a rail she will still be able to get "out". I have not done the transition yet. With my brother my parents went straight from a crib to a full size bed w/ rail. And it worked just fine..... Even though our crib is convertable I am thinking of getting a Day bed next and putting the rail on.
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Postby Egray » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:21 am

We went to a toddler bed, only b/c our cribs converted. However at 19 months when we switched they could easily get in and out of a full size bed without issue. They can climb onto my bed and get down without any problems and my bed is tall!

So at 2 1/2 I'm guessing she would be fine with the full size. I wouldn't waste your money on a toddler bed at that age.
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Postby JenAsh3 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:05 pm

We've done both. Ds was only 18 mos when he climbed out of his crib. We immediately converted it to a toddler bed. I liked it at that age, because it was lower to the ground, so easier for him to get in & out. Plus, it was still his crib, just with a low rail rather than crib bars in front, so it wasn't strange/scary for him.
Both my dd's were over 2yo when we moved them out of a crib & we did go straight to a twin bed. They were better able to understand what was going on(so it didn't frighten them or disorient them) & could get in & out if needed. With dd1, we did do a rail for a month or so, but she slept against the wall so took it down soon. Didn't even bother with dd2 & she's had no problems.
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Postby shermy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:08 am

We have a crib that converted and Wes has yet to try to go anywhere in the month that he has been in it (started at 14 months). Since Wes is so young, I am glad that we have the convertible crib since it is so low to the ground and has the 3/4 rail
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Postby MegsIsMommy » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:50 pm

We're going to a full size mattress on the floor... She can climb in and out of bed no problems but is such a wiggle worm that I don't want her falling out. Figure it's the safest route right now.
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Postby lydiasinger73 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:41 pm

Toddler beds are usually lower and I prefer that for DD right now. So far the rail has kept her from falling but I still keep a cushion on the floor just in case she does. We don’t have enough space in the nursery for a full-size bed and a crib so the toddler bed we purchased online will have to do for now.
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Postby bellarock » Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:21 am

My older kiddo went from crib to a full size bed at 1yr. Younger kiddo went from crib to a toddler beds at almost 2yrs. Both kiddos had one side of their bed against a wall and a rail on the other side for a while.
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Postby victoria_1024 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:16 pm

We did a twin bed for DS, we switched him when he turned 2. His crib converted into a toddler bed, but we needed the crib for DD. It seemed silly to do a toddler bed when they would be in it for such a short time. He does great in his twin bed and I know he can be in it for a long time!
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Postby tara421 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:45 am

victoria_1024 wrote:We did a twin bed for DS, we switched him when he turned 2. His crib converted into a toddler bed, but we needed the crib for DD. It seemed silly to do a toddler bed when they would be in it for such a short time. He does great in his twin bed and I know he can be in it for a long time!


Exactly what we just did and its worked out perfectly! We kept the twin bed and the box spring on the floor for now until she gets used to it, in case of a fall its closer to the ground. So far so good!
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Postby babyhelstrup » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:30 am

Question for all on this thread.... how did your transition go? I posted a question but has not seemed to get many responces... You all seem to have been there. Suggestions....

LO started on the mat at school a week ago and since she wanted to sleep on the floor at home. I did that for a couple nights till our rail came in and we could tranform her bed. She was just fine those nights and also a nap. We got the rail last night and changed her bed but she would not sleep in it and wanted to be on the floor. I put the matress back on the floor but she would not lay down in her bed and stood at the door screaming. Finally I went in and laid w/ her and she went to sleep. I dont get it...
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