We don't know many parents who have been too eager to ditch the crib. Some move to a big kid bed in anticipation of a younger sibling who will inherit the crib, while others get the memo when their little Houdini escapes the crib to personally deliver the message, loud and clear. Whatever the case, here are a few things to bear in mind.
- Is a toddler bed a good idea for your child? If space is tight then toddler beds can be a great solution, and if your crib converts to one then it could buy you time and save you money.
- Are you looking for a bed that will take your child from preschool through high school? Oy, what a thought, but it's worth asking if your child will be sleeping in this bed for the long haul. If so then steer clear of anything overly babyish or trendy, and look for solid construction (go for a protein bed, to borrow a distinction from Maxwell).
- What size? Convertible cribs "grow" into full size beds so many kids end up with them, but does that make the most sense for you? If it eats up valuable play space or a spot for a desk then maybe not.
- Do you want a multitasker? A bed with built-in storage (like the Oeuf beauty pictured above) can compensate for meager closet space while a trundle is a great feature for slumber party madness. There are also beds on the market with integrated desks or shelving.
- Worried about your child rolling out of bed? Choose a bed with rails or purchase them aftermarket (like these lovelies from Tambino). For a cheap fix that does the trick, slip a pool noodle under a fitted sheet to create a lip that keeps active dreamers off of the floor.
- Can't decide? Plenty of parents here have reported that a mattress on the floor is a safe and comfortable solution for their child. As an added bonus, you can take the time to decide what you want or wait for your child to chime in with their preference.