Transitioning Your Child from Crib to Bed: 5 Fun Toddler Beds

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The signs of children growing up in my household are everywhere now. The toys are more sophisticated and less colorful. Their clothes are looking too small, and their pants are too short.

The clearest sign that my toddler is growing up way faster than I would like is his transition from his crib to a toddler bed. We lowered the base of his crib when he was 8 months old, but then he started pulling himself up to standing position. When he turned 16 months, we finally moved him out of the master bedroom to his older brother's room. He has tried to climb out of the crib several times, so we decided it was time to take the rails off of one side and put a spare mattress we had lying around next to his now-open crib. 

For several weeks now, he's moved from his crib to the mattress in the middle of the night on his own accord. He loves the extra space, and who could blame him? Now, at nearly 2 years old, he is also trying to do everything his older brother does. He is definitely ready for his own big-boy bed. 

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Now, the fun part starts. Shopping for his big boy bed! We have every intention of letting him choose from a few options we are shortlisting. Involving your child in the process will help with the transition. If you are also in the process of moving your child to his or her own bed, here are five fun beds we found.

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Best Fun Bed for Boys

This fun Bulldozer Toddler Bed from Hayneedle is handmade from Baltic birch wood for durabilityand has great realistic features that will make bedtime really fun for your child! It has safety sides to prevent your child from toppling over the edge, and it comes in yellow and pink.

The bed supports children up to 50 pounds and is appropriate for kids from 15 months to 5 years old. 

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Best Fun Bed for Girls

If your little girl loves dolls, she will surely love this adorable Dollhouse Toddler Bed from Kidcraft. What I love most about it is the storage options on the headboard, which has side windows that open and close. The details on it are amazing, and the artwork is so pretty. The fence posts on both sides serve as safety railings, and the bed is low for easy access.

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This bed is truly a little girl's dream come true!

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Best Practical (And Still Fun) Bed

When you have kids, you come to realize how valuable storage space is. I love this Elora Collections Dream On Me Toddler Day Bed for that very reason. It is designed for kids who no longer fit into cribs, but are too small for an adult bed. This bed features a solid wood frame with a rich cherry finish, and it also has guard rails that take care of your child's safety. My favorite part? The drawers at the bottom for all that precious extra storage space. 

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Best Fun Bed for Siblings

If you have two children sharing a room, a bunk bed is a great solution, especially if room space is an issue. This Canwood Overland Twin-over-Full Bunk Bed is practical, totally fun for siblings, and will definitely ease the transition for your toddler. The built-in stair storage is brilliant, and overall, this bed is truly a great bed for kids to grow up with. The top bunk is enclosed with safety railings to stop children from toppling down. 


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Best Fantasy Bed

What better way to sail into adventurous dreams than in an amazing, true-to-life pirate bed? This bed comes in two sizes, a “short” one for younger children, and a “long” bed for an older child. Made from the best timber available, this Pirate Ship Bed includes a night light, reading shelf, a real ship's wheel, and even its own sail. There is even storage on the outside of the bed.

{ MORE: 5 Tips for a Smooth Crib to Bed Transition }

What age did your children transition from a crib to a bed? 

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Transitioning Your Child from Crib to Bed: 5 Fun Toddler Beds

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Marcilyne Marcilyne says:

    Well, my little one does not seem to want to sleep by himself. He is 19months old and I really want him to get his own sleeping space. He is taking over my bed! What I can do? Whenever I move him, he cries and stands up…we’re always battling!

  2. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Wow! It excites me to see these kind of beds!

  3. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    i love the bed that have space condensed


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