Congratulations! Your little one is making the move from the crib into his or her big bed. Now the dilemma is should it be a twin or toddler bed? Both have pros and cons.
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Pros of a Toddler Bed
1- The have rails or higher sides built into prevent falls.
2- They are made lower to the floor so a child can get in and out of bed easier.
3- They use the crib mattress you already have.
4- They use the bedding you already have as well.
5- The do not take up a lot of space.
6- Toddler Beds can be very low-cost to get into.
7- The size of the bed is less overwhelming for a small child.
8- There are so many cute toddler bed designs to choose from.
Cons of a Toddler Bed
1- There is not a lot of room for your toddler to move around so if they are a restless sleeper they will be banging into the rails.
2- Generally you will only get a year or two out of them so it is another temporary piece of furniture.
3- There is no room for an adult to lay on the bed with the toddler to read books, cuddle and so forth.
4- Most will not hold up to larger siblings sitting on them there are weight limits on most.
5- Over the long haul you will have spent more money.
For us, we did go to a toddler bed. Little Miss was obsessed with her Pop-Pops car and he found a car bed for her at a good price. That was a year ago when she was almost two. She is a very tall girl and an extremely restless sleeper. Her arms and legs would bang into the sides of the bed and wake her.
So we recently moved her into a twin. I fully believe it would have been a better choice right from the start
For those worried about the height of a twin bed, you could start with just the mattress and box spring and later on add the frame. Bedrails are a simple addition to prevent a small child from accidentally rolling out of bed.
While the toddler bed was a fun addition to her room she sleeps far better in her twin bed now.
What are your thoughts on Toddler Bed Vs. Twin Beds for toddlers?