They’ve been waiting for the day they’d get a “big boy” or “big girl” bed, and we know you have, too. No more aching back from reaching over railings, no more worrying if they climb out. But the bed choice is as much about them as it is about you. Here are some things to look out for when you’re making your choice.
1. Safety. Until now they’ve slept surrounded by four rails or walls to keep them inside the bed, but the rails on toddler beds vary. Gauge how much your child moves around in his or her sleep and pick a bed that will fit them.
2. Durability. The toddler bed is the obvious step after the crib, but it may not be their final resting place. Judge whether you want a bed that will be convertible into something bigger or just something to get you through the next few years.
3. Height. Toddler beds allow children to climb in and out of them on their own – look for something low to the ground so your little monkey doesn’t get hurt testing out their new found freedom.
Dimensions:30 x 52 x 20 inches
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Pros: It’s a bed. No, it’s a chair. It’s both! Perfect for extending the life of this bed, the P’Kolino adjusts into a chair with an accompanying chair pad. Fold it up for day-time and back down for night, or leave it be until they’ve outgrown ir and then set up the chair for seating in the big kid’s room. Side rails come standards to keep tots from rolling out, and the bed fits a standard crib-sized mattress.
Cons: Looking for a budget-friendly pick? This bed’s not exactly it.
Dimensions: 23.6 x 29.8 x 53.2 inches
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Pros: The classic look of this KidKraft cot-style toddler bed will never go out of style. The wainscoting rails bring to mind a rustic bed in a cottage on the beach and the basic white color will blend well with any room decor. The bed also sits low to the ground and has side rails at the head to help prevent falls.
Cons: While it’s great that this bed has side rails, we’d prefer that they extended at least to the mid-point of the bed.
Dimensions: 53.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 inches
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Pros: The storage drawer beneath this bed makes a huge difference in a small bedroom. The drawer provides easy access to toys and whatever else you may want to store in there. While it does boost the bed a bit higher than most toddler beds, it’s still low enough to the ground for easy in and out access. JPMA certified, this bed has two safety guard rails of substantial size and a non-toxic finish.
Cons: In addition to sitting a little high, this bed is also somewhat bulky.
Dimensions: 22 x 55 x 30 inches
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Pros: This is the most expensive bed on our list, but it comes from the hard work put into custom making this bed fit your child. Hand-painted in a color of your choice, you can add design accents from pirates to kitty cats, plus your tot’s initial to let everyone who ensure everyone who enters their room knows just whose bed this is. Low to the ground, this bed is more akin to a crib than the standard toddler bed thanks to side rails that go all the way around, with just two small cut-outs for a child to get in and out.
Cons: Ringing in at over $300, this bed is expensive considering your child will outgrow it in a few years.
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