Maybe there’s a new baby on the way or your toddler has finally made the great escape from their crib, but you’ve decided it’s time to transition your toddler out of their crib and into a bed. How do you decide if you should buy your little one a toddler bed or go straight to a twin bed (or even a double)? While some parents find them totally unnecessary, they definitely have some benefits.
For starters, toddler beds are typically the same size as a crib and this may ease the transition to a bed for your child since the size will feel familiar (bonus that you won’t have to buy a new mattress!). They are also low to the ground, allowing your toddler to climb in and out on their own, and the side rails decrease the likelihood that they will fall out.
REASONS TO CONSIDER A TODDLER BED
- They have made their great escape. Some toddlers figure out much (much!) sooner than you’d like how to escape their crib. A twin bed may feel like too big of a jump if this happens early, and you (and they) may feel more comfortable transitioning to a toddler bed.
- Save on space. Toddler beds take up much less space than twin beds, leaving more space for your toddler to play in their room.
- Baby on the way. You may choose to transition your toddler out of their crib a little early if you’d like to use it for the new baby. You may even be putting them both in the same room, making the toddler bed a better fit. (Plus, there’s some pretty cute matching crib & toddler beds out there!)
- Potty training. A toddler bed will make it easier for your toddler to access the potty at night since they are lower to the ground. Also, changing the bedding is much easier and quicker than a larger bed, which you might appreciate when you’re up with your toddler at 3 am. Bonus that you likely already have a collection of crib sheets for frequent bedding changes.
Also, if you haven’t already it’s worth checking to see if your crib converts to a toddler bed before buying a new one. Many convert by simply removing a side or you may be able to purchase a conversion kit that adds a side rail to your crib.
TODDLER BEDS UNDER $100
NOVOGRATZ PRISM METAL TODDLER BED ($79.99)
This toddler bed from popular home-decor brand Novogratz has a minimalist design at an accessible price point. It features an arched headboard and footboard with slatted side rails and is available in three colors. There’s a matching crib available if you want to coordinate with a baby sibling. BUY IT HERE.
TODDLER BEDS FROM $101 – $150
There is a lot to love about this sleigh-style toddler bed! The rails that surround most of the bed keep your child extra secure, and it’s available in nine colors including one that your child is sure to love. And once you’re done using it as a bed, it can be converted to two chairs and a table that are just the right size for your toddler! BUY IT HERE.
LITTLE SEEDS MONARCH HILL TODDLER BED ($109.99)
The adorable bed Monarch Hill is one of the most unique options. It is inspired by classic wrought-on furniture, but the powder-coated metal frame gives it a modern touch. There’s a matching crib here. Available in pink, white, gray, and black. BUY IT HERE.
TODDLER BEDS OVER $150
IKEA BUSUNGE EXTENDABLE BED ($199)
The bed has an adjustable design that will ease the transition to big-kid bed. It extends from about the length of a crib out to that of a twin-sized bed. This feature will give you additional years of use but you will need to buy the coordinating mattress for a proper fit. Available in pink and white. BUY IT HERE.