Are you ready for your child to go from crib to bed? Whether it’s because you have a new baby on the way or the baby has outgrown the crib, it’s time to consider your two options: a full-size bed or a toddler bed. The camps are divided into this. Some people believe that toddler beds are the way to go and others think why spend money on a toddler bed that will need to be replaced soon anyway. Still figuring out whose side you’re on? Stop listening to others and take into account your own situation. Figure out how much space you have, what your budget is, and most importantly, think about what your child would need best. Before you decide, you need to consider the pros and cons of toddler beds.

Advantages of the children’s bed

– A toddler bed could use the same crib mattress your child was used to. So this makes it easier to settle back into the familiar environment. The big advantage is that you don’t have to go shopping for new bedding as the crib mattress is usually the same size, making it a cost effective option.

– The bed is lower, so it is easy to get in and out. If you are afraid that your child will fall, you can buy a toddler bed with guardrails to prevent it. These rails can also provide the child with a feeling of security similar to that of a crib.

– These beds are great if you’re short on space and need to store the crib for another baby. This is also ideal if you want to save more space in the play area.

– There are many themed beds available in this style. So this can make the new bed fun for the child.

Disadvantages of the children’s bed

– A big disadvantage is that these beds are intended and designed for children from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 years of age. Therefore, your toddler is likely to outgrow the crib. Once the child gets used to the toddler bed, it’s time to switch back to a larger double bed.

– Just because these toddler beds are lower, it’s easier to get in and out of. While this can be good, it can also be bad. Your child might keep getting out of it because it’s easier than staying in bed.

– When buying a toddler bed and mattress, be careful about the size. Some companies build both in odd sizes, so you have to go back to them for sheets and/or accessories. They usually charge a premium due to lack of competition.

– Also note that a standard crib sheet measures 52 inches x 27 inches. If your child is in the higher percentiles, the time spent on the bed will be even shorter.

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