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Choosing The Best Toddler Beds For My Grand Daughter

Updated on June 1, 2014

Choosing The Best For The budget

Choosing the best toddler beds is easier than ever. After the decision to switch my grandchild from a crib to a small one I needed to have the correct bed and linens. It can be stressful for the child to change from the crib to a new bed. By choosing the best you can make this transition effortless with the right preparation. I remember switching my daughter to her new bed, the first night was so stressful for the entire family. Later when her sisters arrived and it was their turn to make the transition I became a bit of an expert by then.

The first thing you need to do when choosing consider the options. Many come in a wide range of prices. I don't like to waste money, but knowing that the first bed I purchased was wrong forced me to look at the choices. First, you need to decide if you want a bed with railing to prevent falling out of bed. Should the rails be screwed in place or simply tucked underneath the mattress? This is where I made my mistake the first time. My daughter figured out on the first night of sleeping in her new bed that the railing could easily be pushed off with her feet. I spent many stressful night teaching her to keep the rails in place.

The next thing you need to decide is whether you want a twin bed or a junior sized one. I believe that a smaller one is the best choice. The same crib sheets can be used and this familiar item helps to prevent the stress of a totally new place to sleep. I know that children become quite attached to familiar things such as blankets and recommend you use these on the new bed. This is what we did for our grandchild.

To choose the correct bed first set your budget. If you are trying to be economical you should purchase a frame and use the crib mattress you are already using. This way the child will have the same comfortable sleep she experienced in her crib. Choose a bed with rails which are firmly attached to the frame. Decide if you want a trendy bed made of plastic such as a car, or familiar character, or a metal or wood frame model. I like the wood frames best, wooden frames are not as likely to bend or get dented as metal one, or become brittle and crack like plastic frames. Whichever model you choose allow you child the opportunity to assist you with the assembly. This way she will begin to understand where she is going to sleep. You may even want to keep the bed in her room a few day while she get used to the idea of change.

The Best Choices For The Kids

Have you ever seen beds like these they are so cute.

Little Tikes Pirate Ship Toddler Bed
Little Tikes Pirate Ship Toddler Bed

Ahoy Matey! Sail away to sweet dreams in the Pirate Shop toddler bed,.

Durable themed toddler bed

Includes ship's wheel

Built in toy box with removable lid for toy storage

Headboard cubby holes for clock and books

Includes Working night lights.

Dream On Me Classic Sleigh Toddler Bed, Cherry
Dream On Me Classic Sleigh Toddler Bed, Cherry

A classic sleigh bed for your toddler in a beautiful cherry finish.Meets ASTM standards, Solid wood construction, Two safety guard rails for safety, Uses a standard crib mattress

Disney Pixar Cars Tent Toddler Bed(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Disney Pixar Cars Tent Toddler Bed(Discontinued by manufacturer)

How fun it is to sleep in a tent while preventing fails to the floor.

Cheerful Cars themed design featuring your child's favorite characters on the headboard and foot board

Sturdy steel frame provides stability that will last

Two removable safe sleep bedrails for safety

Meets all JPMA safety standards for toddler beds and comes in a non-toxic finish.

Bubble Machine for Kids - Portable Durable Automatic Bubble Blower with Over 500 Bubbles Per Minute - Birthday and Christmas Party Gifts for Children - Outdoor and Indoor Toy - Battery Operated
Bubble Machine for Kids - Portable Durable Automatic Bubble Blower with Over 500 Bubbles Per Minute - Birthday and Christmas Party Gifts for Children - Outdoor and Indoor Toy - Battery Operated

You child will race to bed every night with the Corvette model bed.

Includes Corvette decals for customization which may vary

Coordinates with the step 2 Corvette bed (821500) and Corvette storage chest (824400) both sold separately for an exciting room theme

Durable poly construction wipes clean easily and lasts for years

Minimal adult assembly required

Disney 4 Piece Minnie's Fluttery Friends Toddler Bedding Set, Lavender
Disney 4 Piece Minnie's Fluttery Friends Toddler Bedding Set, Lavender

This cute Disney bed in lavender for your little princess.

100% Polyester Microfiber

Set includes Comforter, standard pillowcase, flat top sheet and fitted bottom sheet

100% Polyester Microfiber


Take a Look at How Easy They Are To Set-up

I managed to set up the kit in about an hour. Not bad for my first time. I loved the way it turned out and the small size left a lot of space in the room.

It Takes Time to Adjust

The Adjustment Period

Just like a crib the mattress needs to fit tightly to the frame of the bed. When I purchase a toddler best for my youngest grand daughter I made sure that the mattress was the exact measurement the manufacturer of the bed suggested. She loves her little bed, but like any toddler it took her some time to get adjusted to her new space. We kept the same blankets and sheets so she would wake up with familiar surroundings.

My daughter started her off with an afternoon nap in her new bed. Just a word of warning your toddler will be free to leave the bed since the rails are open for escape. On several occasion while getting used to the toddler bed she got herself into some mischief. She took all of the clothing out of her dresser and played with toys until she was caught by her mother. It might be good to sit outside of your child's door until you are sure she is asleep.

It took a few week of getting used to since I purchased a new mattress for it the crib was left up until she understood not to leave the bed and sleep in it. I think any transition as big as a new place to sleep deserves some adjustments. If your are planned to use the crib for another baby you should do the transition a couple of months before hand to prevent resentment for the new baby. Now one wants to feel replaced and your toddler is no different.

Bed Rails

Thinking of Just a Railing?

Regalo Swing Down 54-Inch Extra Long Bed Rail Guard, with Reinforced Anchor Safety System
Regalo Swing Down 54-Inch Extra Long Bed Rail Guard, with Reinforced Anchor Safety System

If you have a restless sleeper you may need an extra long bed rail, great for use on a twin bed.

Easy swing down system

No tools required set up<

For use with up to a queen sized mattress

Extra long for added security

56" long and 20" high


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