While there's no hard-and-fast age when a toddler is ready to move on from the crib, little ones generally make the switch any time between 18 months and 3 1/2 years old. The timing is different for every child, and as a parent you are best positioned to know what the right move is for your family. However, there are some tell-tale signs that your kid might be ready for the next phase. If they’ve hit 3 feet in height, they’re constantly trying to get out of their crib, or they’re asking you for a big-kid bed, then it might be time to make the switch. No matter how your child makes it known to you that they’re ready, there are some trusty guidelines you can follow to try and ensure the transition is a success.
Firstly, it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing a bed that is sturdy enough to handle a toddler. There will be plenty of rolling, wiggling, and jumping on that bed, so make sure it can handle anything your toddler might throw at it (literally). Secondly, keep the bed low to the ground. Doing so can help limit injuries and makes it easier for your child to get into and out of the bed. You might also want to equip your bed with rails if that feels appropriate for your child. This is especially suited for toddlers who are prone to rolling around in their sleep. If the bed doesn’t already come with side rails, make sure that they are something you can add to the frame after purchase. Thirdly, it is best to choose a headboard and footboard that is simply designed. Ornaments and protrusions might cause unnecessary head bumps or jammed fingers. At Milton Sleep Co, we have a range of mattresses that are a great fit for your kid’s first bed. You can find the right fit for your child on our site, and we would be honored to help your family along for this journey.