Toddler beds are used when a child has outgrown his or her crib. The ideal time to introduce this type of design is when he or she has become able to climb out of the crib. If the toddler is three feet tall but not climbing, it is wise to make the switch anyway. Generally, it is between eighteen months and two years of age that this type of bed is introduced.
For some, the switch to toddler beds can be a stressful development. Luckily, there are many ways through which parents can ease the transition. To start off, allowing the child to be a part of the bed picking process is a great move. If he or she is allowed to choose his or her own bedding, it will add some draw to the gear.
Toddler beds are wisely placed within the child's room for a few months before it will be used. This allows the toddler to get used to it. Some people start the bedtime routine in the toddler bed, then allow him or her to move to the crib when it comes time to actually sleep. Another tip is to have daytime naps take place in the bed while he or she continues to sleep in the crib.