When should we transition to a big boy bed?

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When should we transition to a big boy bed?

My son is 26months old. He is still sleeping in his crib at night. When is a good time to transition to a Toddler bed? He has never tried to climb out of his crib (to my knowledge), but I m worried that he will try to climb out , and he will get hurt. I am also wondering how to keep him from wondering around his room and playing with his toys once he does transition. Any tips would be appreciated!

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  1. *wandering

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    1. Leah, I am sure our pediatricians will have some helpful info for you – but just wanted to throw out there that my son will be 3 in December and he is still in his crib. He calls it his “cozy bed” and has never tried to climb out (now I’m jinxing myself…) so I figure why rush it? I assume I will lose all control once I do!!

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  2. I definitely agree with Dr. Jen. I think that there is no “right” age, it depends on your child. My second son never climbed out of the crib so I left him there until he was 3 and nearly too big to fit! Taking your child out from a crib too early may lead to big problems that could be easily avoided. I would slowly start mentioning a big boy bed and let him tell you when he is interested in making the change.

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  3. Thanks! I am hoping he stays in the crib for a while. Thinking about a big boy bed stresses me out!

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    1. Me too– my 2.5 year old is still in a crib and I’m in no rush to transition her! I think a benefit of waiting until they’re older is that usually you can reason with them better and often they’re more capable of understanding what’s expected of them. I plan on establishing very clear “big kid bed” rules up front so she will know for sure the expectation is that she stays put!

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  4. It’s so interesting, I’ve done the complete opposite with both my girls, moving them both to big girl beds at age 2. I’ve found that by putting them in a twin bed (not toddler bed), and lifting them in & out of bed rather than allowing them to do it on their own, has made the difference. Neither one gets out of their beds, even at 4 1/2. I just wrote about this at http://www.mommyinsports.com/. They can’t get hurt if you anchor the furniture to the walls and put pillows on the floor next to their bed. Only you know what is right for your child though, so you have to be comfortable with your decision. Just know that kids are extremely resilient, and we often are more scared of transitions that they are! Good luck!

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  5. Thanks for this question! My son is only 15 months old now, but I’ve wondered when I should make the transition to a toddler or twin bed. He would for sure tear his room to pieces right now if left alone to his own devices, so I’m sure he’s not ready yet. And he has never climbed out or really attempted to do so (to my knowledge), so I’m certainly happy leaving him in the crib as long as I can! Doesn’t someone make a top to go over the crib?!?! Kidding, kidding (not really….)! 😉

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    1. Kristen – apparently they do make things to keep the kiddos in! Who knew? But, looks like they’ve been recalled. Oh well…

      http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2012/Five-Retailers-Agree-to-Stop-Sale-and-Recall-Tots-in-Mind-Crib-Tents-Due-to-Strangulation-and-Entrapment-Hazard/

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