When to Transition from a Toddler Bed to a Twin Bed
Time to read 6 min
Time to read 6 min
Your little baby is growing up. From baby to toddler to little kid and beyond, each stage comes with new transitions—including their sleep environment. You may have converted your little one’s crib or bought a separate toddler bed once they were ready to leave the confines of their crib. Now, you may wonder if it’s time for a bigger bed.
Is your kid ready to move out of the toddler bed and into a twin bed?
When is the right time to transition?
We’ll help you decide.
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer for transitioning to a twin bed. Consider your child’s age, size, and overall development before moving to a new bed. Children may change to a twin bed at 18 months old, 3 years old, or 5 years old depending on their individual circumstances.
There’s personal preference involved in making this decision as well. Some parents jump straight to a twin bed once the crib is no longer suitable, while others keep their kiddos in the toddler bed until they’ve maxed out the height and weight limits.
The Kids Bed from Nurture& is an upholstered, twin-size bed made to be your child’s first big kid bed. Rounded edges and stain-resistant fabric are perfect for any age. The Kids Bed has options to add matching safety rails to the sides of the bed and trundle storage underneath. Plus, there are 12 color combinations neutral enough to match any room decor while still getting kids excited for their new bed!
The simple answer is size. A toddler bed frame fits a standard-size crib mattress which measures about 28” x 52”. A twin-size mattress is larger and requires a bed frame that fits approximately 38” x 75”. This is important information to have so you can measure beforehand and make sure that a twin bed will fit in your child’s room.
A toddler bed is likely to come equipped with a bed rail or guardrail for one or both sides of the bed, whereas a twin bed does not. Side rails can still be a good idea for your child’s twin bed, but you’ll need to buy them separately.
There are many different style options for twin-bed frames, including bunk beds, loft beds, and daybeds. Toddler beds may come in different colors or designs but are all generally compact and low to the ground.
A toddler bed is frequently the middle step from a crib to a twin bed because of its convenience. Convertible cribs and standalone toddler beds can accommodate the same mattress and sheets your little one has been sleeping on in their crib. Once you make the decision to transition to the twin bed, you’ll need to buy a new mattress of the appropriate size.
If you’re feeling unsure about moving your little one into a full-size bed, it can help to know what signs to look out for.
A toddler bed typically has a weight limit of around 50 pounds. If your little one is creeping up on this mark, it’s time to start considering a bigger bed.
At some point, your kid might start to prefer the coziness of your bed as opposed to the firm crib mattress in their toddler bed. Providing them with a snuggly sleep space of their own may help keep them in their own bed all night.
Tossing and turning in their sleep or bumping their arms, legs, and head on the sides of the bed can be a sign that your growing child isn’t comfortable in their toddler bed anymore. This would be similar to what you saw when they started getting too big for the bassinet.
You might want to convert the toddler bed back into a crib before your new baby arrives. Just make sure that you give the new big brother or sister plenty of time to adjust to the bedtime routine in their big kid bed before the baby comes home.
Making multiple changes at once, like a new house with new bedroom furniture, can be fun for some kids and make the transition easier by making it an exciting, big deal. Other kids may have a hard time with too many big moves in a short amount of time. Then, it can be better to draw out the process a little longer by taking one transition at a time.
If there’s no other pressing issue, but you feel your child can handle the move to a twin bed, then let them decide when they’re ready! Sometimes the transition goes more smoothly when a kid feels a sense of independence in making the choice to get a new bed. There are young children who will show interest in a big bed—especially if they have an older sibling—well before they’re ready, so use your parental judgment on this one.
The biggest concern of moving to a twin bed is your child falling out of the bed while they sleep or treating it like a trampoline while they play. Explaining—and repeating—the rules of the new bed will be important as your kid learns that it can be dangerous to stand or jump on the bed.
Positive reinforcement when they’ve used the bed correctly can help, but you can take further safety precautions when your child starts sleeping in a twin-size bed with these recommendations:
With all of this in mind, you know your child best. Watch for signs of readiness and be prepared for the twin-size bed transition—it comes sooner than you think!
Discover what makes Nurture&’s twin bed great in our virtual store. For more information on going through life’s biggest transitions with your little ones, you can browse through our Journal. Nurture& strives to bring today’s modern families premium nursery furniture made for parents, by parents.
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