Kids always grow up too fast. By the time your child is ready to move out of the crib and into a toddler bed, it might still seem like only yesterday when you brought him or her home from the hospital. It’s usually easy to tell when a child is ready for a toddler bed—she’ll start trying to climb out of the crib. But it can be trickier to tell when it’s time to transition from a toddler bed to an adult-sized bed. Some parents make the switch at around the third birthday, while others wait until age five or even six.
Every kid is a little different, but the one thing you can definitively count on is the expert and friendly assistance you’ll find at Mattress World Northwest in Portland.
Sometimes, it may be necessary to transition a child to an adult bed even if he doesn’t seem quite ready for it. Your child’s safety always comes first, and cribs and toddler beds are labeled with height and weight limits for a good reason.
For large families, hand-me-downs are a wonderful thing. There’s no need to purchase a second toddler bed for the younger sibling—as long as you can convince the older one to move out of it first. When a little sister or brother needs your child’s toddler bed, it’s best not to share this information with her. She may resent having to pass along her bed to someone else. Instead, try to get her enthusiastic about going to the mattress store and picking out her very own big kid bed.
It’s best not to wait until your child absolutely must vacate the toddler bed. Start the transition early so your child has time to get accustomed to the idea of sleeping in a twin bed. You may want to purchase the new bed and set it up in her room to let her adjust to its presence before she actually sleeps in it. When she’s ready, you can use the same bedding in the twin bed as you did in the toddler bed—at least for a while. Kids may handle transitions better if there’s only one major change at a time.
It’s normal for parents to have safety concerns about twin mattresses. If your child is an active sleeper, you can purchase freestanding rails to attach to an adult twin bed. You could also put the mattress directly on the floor for a few weeks or months, and then set up the bedframe when you’re confident he’ll stay in bed at night. Taking these safety precautions is particularly important if you’re moving a child directly from a crib to a twin bed, without using a toddler bed.
You’ll find a large selection of twin mattresses to choose from at Mattress World Northwest. Our Portland-area showrooms offer unbeatable prices, free delivery, and special financing offers! When your child is ready to graduate to a twin mattress, stop by one of our showrooms or call to speak with one of our knowledgeable sleep specialists.