It’s the first big move to independence: a toddler bed. If you’ve had a toddler-age child before you know the pure joy toddlers experience when they get their new, big kid bed. It’s a big step for you both and normally comes with some ups and downs. Now imagine that times two! We can’t wait to share with you how to know when to transition to toddler beds, the best toddler bed for twins and how they are set up, and finally a look at our top five bed recommendations.
When to Transition to a Toddler Bed
Transitioning to a toddler bed is a big deal. Not only is it a sign your baby is growing up, it also gives them free range to get out of bed whenever they want (a scary notion for some of us with more adventurous kids). But how do you know if your baby is ready? Here are some clear signs to help you determine if they are ready to get out of the crib.
- They are climbing over the crib side to get out by themselves. This is the biggest sign.
- They are potty-trained or potty-training and get upset they can’t get out of the crib to use the bathroom.
- They ask to have a big bed.
- They no longer fit comfortably in the crib.
Most toddlers transition to toddler beds between 18 months and 3 years old.
Twinning is winning: the Best Beds and Setups
Twins are such a blessing, and, really, a great 2-for-1 deal. The best part about twins is that your children automatically have a best friend. Since twins are so close most parents have them share a room for as long as possible. This can be lead to a little bit of stress as two beds can be hard to fit into one room. Let’s look at the best beds and setups for twins sharing a room.
Standard Toddler Bed: You can simply turn a classic toddler bed into a toddler bed for twins by buying 2! You can put them side-by-side on an anchor wall or across from each other. If you like a classic dorm room look, this could be the option you choose. It also leads itself into twin beds as your toddlers grow.
Floor Bed: These beds sit on the floor and are great options for active sleepers. They will allow your little ones to climb in and out easily. These beds can also be side-by-side on an anchor wall or across from each other.
L-shaped Bed: We love the L-shaped bed set up because it uses the corner of a room and saves space!
Trundle Bed: If you’re looking to really save space, a trundle bed is a great option. It lets you pull a second bed out from under the top bed at night, and put it away during the day.
Twin-sized Daybed: If you have the space, twin beds make great toddler beds, and then you don’t have to worry about going to the next size as your toddler is already in a twin. You will probably want to invest in a guardrail, though, to ensure your little one doesn’t fall out of bed!
We didn’t include bunk beds because toddlers just aren’t quite ready but would be a great option once they reach 5-7.
The Best Toddler Bed for Twins- Our Top 5 Picks!
Whatever setup you choose, these are our top five favorite toddler beds.
1. Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed
We love that it’s simple and comes in so many colors. In fact, the wood frame comes in 12 different colors! Plus, it is built low to the floor and includes side safety rails.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Stars
Overall dimensions: 57H x 28w x 30L
Recommended weight limit of 50 lbs
Negatives: Requires power tools to put together; low weight limit of 50 lbs.
2. Karla Dubois Toddler Platform Bed
Our favorite modern design, this bed is too cute to pass up! It has soft-touch velvet upholstery surrounding contemporary sculpted panels to provide premium style and security. It comes in four colors so you can perfectly match your decor.
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars
Overall dimensions: 30H x 31.5W x 57.25L
Recommended weight limit up to 250 lbs
Negatives: it weighs 68 lbs when put together and is pricey for a toddler bed.
3. South Shore Sweedi Natural Popular Twin House Bed
Do you love the outdoor adventure look? Or perhaps you did a garden-themed nursery? This is the perfect crib replacement! It comes in white, beige, black and pink. The open concept allows for creativity to decorate with any special piece of art or makes a statement without hiding existing decor. You can place the mattress directly on the floor or set up a bed over a box spring mattress.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Overall dimensions: 71H x 44W x 80L
No weight limit since the mattress rest on the floor and is heavy once put together
Negatives: While super cute, you really just have a mattress on the floor and may be able to recreate the look yourself.
4. Hillsdale Pulse Wood L-Shaped Bed
Looking to save space but also be stylish? This L-shaped bed is the bed for your twins! It is designed for maximum comfort but keeps the space-saving idea in mind. This bed comes in white or chocolate.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Overall dimensions: 31H x 41W x 122L
Recommended weight limit up to 250 lbs
Negatives: This bed set up can only go in a corner.
5. NE Kids Caspain Daybed with Trundle
We really like this twin trundle because it’s a perfect space saver while still keeping a stylish look! It is a traditional and simple slat-style wood twin daybed with easy to roll out twin trundle bed. The wood frame comes in gray, black, and white.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars
Overall dimensions: 30H x 79.5W x 41.75L
Recommended weight limit of 250 lbs
Negatives: It is a bit difficult to put together.
Transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed is a big step in your children’s lives. We hope you find one of our recommended beds to be your perfect match!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a toddler sleep in a twin bed?
A toddler can sleep in a twin bed. Just be sure there is a guardrail or that the bed is close to the floor.
Is a twin bed wider than a toddler bed?
The twin bed is longer and wider than a toddler bed.
What age do you go from toddler bed to twin bed?
Your child will probably switch from a toddler bed to a twin bed around 4 years old.
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