Crib to Bed Transition

I have had a lot of friends tell me to keep my kid in his crib as long as possible and not rush the crib to bed transition. He sleeps well in his crib (naps at least 2 hours during the day and 10 – 12 hours at night). He does not try to escape (or not yet at least and he turned 2 in April). But, I started thinking about how long the transition could possibly take and the fact if he ever becomes potty trained (LOL) then he will need to be able to access the bathroom whenever necessary.

Give me your advice and let me know your experience. Do I convert his bed into a toddler bed or just go for a twin bed? What worked and what didn’t, what to do and what NOT to do. Tell me what I need to know about the crib to bed transition and whether I should just put it on the back burner for now. I know all children are different, but I want to know what I am in for.

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9 Thoughts to “Crib to Bed Transition”

  1. I think that it all depends on the child really.

    My middle daughter learned to climb out of and the right back into her crib when she was two! I immediately changed her over to a toddler bed! I was really amazed that she was able to climb back in too!

    Now that I’m starting all over again with my little man I’ll probably be asking the same question in about a year and a half!

    The only problem with the move to a toddler bed is that they quickly learn that they can get in and out on their own and of course that makes nap & bed time a bit of a challenge.

  2. Marie Byrd

    With my oldest we went straight for the twin bed at about 20months. Her transition was easy and she was eager to pick out her big girl bedding etc.
    With my middle one she transitioned to the toddler bed with ease however as the other post stated nap and bed time became a challenge for months because it was a game for her to keep getting in and out of her bed!
    My son is 13 months, and I am going to try and keep him in his crib as long as possible as he out of my 3 children is by far the best sleeper and he loves his “space”! 🙂

  3. Susanne

    My daughter turned 2 in April as well and I wanted to keep her in a crib as long as possible since she is very curious. Over mother’s day weekend she hopped out of a pack n play while on vacation and never wanted back in. A day after we came home she came out of her crib. We immediately put her crib mattress on the floor while we ordered her big girl bed. Her crib transitioned to a full sized bed. I thought about getting a toddle bed but we decided to just do the full and buy the side bars by Summer. We let her pick out her bedding and decorations. She loves her big girl bed.

    The hardest part was the transition. She wouldn’t stay on the floor mattress and we had to lay down next to her. We tried to keep her door open but she would come in and out. We finally closed her door and she had a fit for a minute or two, but after a few days she was comfortable. We never had any issues with her when she moved into her big girl bed a week later. We also kept telling her that big girls sleep in big girl beds.

    We are still working on the potty training and she hasn’t needed to get up to go. She even stays in her bed when she is awake and just plays or talks to herself until my husband or I get her up.

    Good luck!

  4. Deb Brown

    We put Veronica in a regular full sized bed with a safety rail. She did very well at first… (she loved her beauty sleep). Still does well at night, because we put her to bed the same time as her two older brothers (6 and 4) because for now, they have to share a room. But nap time is more difficult now because she figured out that she can just crawl out. I guess that’s better than the alternative of having her try to crawl out of the crib!!! I do love the safety rails… she has never fallen out, and is able to get down safely herself. But the potty training will be awhile yet :/

  5. Deb Brown

    oops… I meant twin bed. lol

  6. Dalia

    Let us know how it goes! We’re going to do it within the next couple of months. Julian has been a good sleeper, and I’m hoping that it doesn’t affect the naptimes too much. Fingers crossed.

  7. Brie

    Ava sounds very much like Cameron in that she was content in her crib and never tried clombing out. We would have kept her in her crib; however, we were expecting Audrey when Ava was 2.5 and even though we had already bought Audey a new crib we wanted to go ahead and transition Ava to the toddler bed before Audrey arrived in order to avoid too many new transitions at once. So, we converted Ava’s crib into a toddler bed first (it also converts to a full-bed, which is why we bought Audrey her own crib because we bought Ava’s furniture to grow with her). She did really well. I know for the first week or so nap time was a little bit disrupted due to the newness of being able to get up, but she quickly adjusted to it. We also put a baby gate on Ava’s bedroom door (it was there since she was an infant to keep ou cat out of her room), but we left it up and it actually helped when she transitioned to her bed because then, even if she got out of bed, she couldn’t leave her room in the middle of the night without us knowing. I highly recommend the baby gate, it’s great for peace of mind!

  8. I put my youngest in a toddler bed at around 2 1/2 years old. I tried before that but she would not go to sleep. And mama needs sleep.

    So I do think it all depends on the child. But it does make nap time and bed time much more difficult…at least for us.

  9. Thanks for all the comments (here and on the facebook fan page). I am going to be selfish and keep him in his crib a bit longer. He really does love his crib and I shouldn’t push for him to grow up so quickly (plus, I am VERY selfish and LOVE the fact he sleeps so well now and do not want to jinx that).

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