Your baby is growing; can’t avoid that. Sooner or later, your little baby will no longer fit into the crib. When that day comes, it’s time to move your baby to his very own toddler bed!
Now one thing to remember when shopping for a toddler bed is that your toddler should play a part in shopping for it. That will help immensely in the transition from the crib to the new bed. But as the adult, you’ll have to consider things other than the color and designs on the bed.
Height. It’s very likely that your toddler is in the process of being potty trained. If your toddler wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty, it will help very much to have a toddler bed your child can easily climb into and out of. Remember, your child will be sleepy in the middle of the night. If the bed is a little high for your toddler, he may get hurt getting in and out of it while he is drowsy. Don’t judge the bed by your own standards. Ask your child to actually climb in and out of it. If you sense any difficulty whatsoever, find a lower bed.
For some parents, budget is a huge consideration, and it feels a bit wasteful to get a bed that the child will only use for a few years. Since you are looking for something low anyway, consider simply getting a spring mattress that can be laid on the floor. This is also a good and safe option for children who tend to sleepwalk.
Design. Some toddlers are very reluctant to move to the toddler bed. In this case, you can sweeten the deal hugely by getting a bed that is completely irresistible for your child. You can make the bed more attractive simply by getting sheets featuring your child’s favorite cartoon character. On the other hand, some children are more difficult to please and you might end up looking at custom-made car-shaped beds for boys or lace-canopied princess beds for girls.
Safety. You have two options when you get a mattress: foam or inner-spring mattresses. Foam mattresses are much cheaper, but they are not as much fun to jump on. Spring mattresses also tend to hold their shape longer and are better for your child’s posture. Whichever mattress you choose, look for one that has a waterproof cover, for bladder control accidents.
It’s also advisable to get a toddler bed with guard rails, to keep your child from falling out while he is sleeping.