The Kids Beds Guide
It feels like only yesterday you were putting a crib together in anticipation of bringing home a bundle of joy. Every time you blink, it seems like your child has grown another inch. Given the importance of sleep in early child development, it’s essential to find the right bed to create a comfortable and restful space for your little one. You may be asking yourself questions such as, “When is it time to upgrade my child’s bed?” or, “How do I know what size bed to buy?” Rest easy knowing we have all the answers in the guide below.
When Is It Time To Convert To A "Big Kid" Bed?
If you’ve recently experienced watching your little one climb over the bars of the crib, this is a tell-tale sign you’re in the market for a new toddler bed. This changeover usually happens between 18 – 24 months old or when your child reaches three feet tall.
Standard-sized toddler beds are up to 50 inches in length and often use the same mattress as the crib. The mattress must fit the frame of the bed correctly. There should be no more than a two-finger gap between the bed and frame. Toddler beds are low to the ground to ensure your little one can easily climb in and out. You may choose a bed style with partial guardrails for added peace of mind.
Some parents choose to switch their child over to twin size or full-size bed immediately from the crib to minimize the number of transitions over time, but this is a personal preference. Because they are shorter than twin or full-size beds, toddler beds work well when space is limited.
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