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
DELTA BAKER PLATFORM TODDLER BED ($79.99)
Featuring a bell-shaped headboard, this bed is a classic style that will integrate seamlessly with the decor in any room. It’s priced at $79.99 and receives excellent reviews, making it a great buy for the money.
For a more modern look, this one from Davinci is among the most affordable. It’s available in four finishes, so there is one that will work perfectly in your space.
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.
DELTA HOMESTEAD TODDLER BED ($89.99)
There’s no place like the home, there’s no place like home! The unique silhouette of this headboard gives it a little something extra and will provide endless hours of imaginative play. Available in white or gray.
TODDLER BEDS FROM $101 – $150
DREAM ON ME EMMA CONVERTIBLE TODDLER BED ($109.99)
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!
DREAM ON ME TODDLER DAYBED WITH STORAGE ($129.99)
If you’re short on space, this toddler daybed has a drawer the length of the bed that you can use to store toys, bedding, or clothes. Plus the daybed style makes it a little more fun!
BABYLETTO ZIGGY TODDLER BED ($119)
Inspired by classic mid-century design, the Babyletto Ziggy is the perfect choice for any modern kid’s room. It’s constructed from sustainable New Zealand pine wood and comes in four color options: washed natural, grey, white, and walnut.
TODDLER BEDS OVER $150
KIDKRAFT AIRPLANE TODDLER BED ($179.99)
This airplane-shaped bed is one of the most fun options, complete with wings, a spinning propeller, and a secret storage space in the nose of the plane. It does take a few hours to assemble, but it’ll be worth it!
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.
KARAL DUBOIS BODHI TODDLER BED ($229.99)
This toddler by Karal Dubois is one of the most unique options we found. It’s both modern and playful, and the soft velvet rounded corners make it safe for playful tots.