We're always interested in ways to save money. If you're thinking about transitioning your young toddler from a crib to a toddler bed, consider re-using the crib mattress.
Most likely your child won't yet need the extra length of a toddler bed so your existing crib mattress can work perfectly. Not only do you save money on the mattress, you won't have to purchase new bedding.
We love how this toddler bed turned out (via Dabbled blog). They hacked the bed frame so the smaller mattress wouldn't slide and created a compartment to house furry friends.