Friday, January 04, 2013

It's time for a big boy bed

While Jack's still doing great in his crib - he hasn't tried to escape by climbing over yet - we're probably switching him over by this Spring. I'm particularly looking for a white bed that has guard rails since Jack moves some much during the night. We haven't decided if we will get a toddler bed or just move straight to a twin/full bed and add temporary guard rails.

For the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing my favorite beds + bedding options in several price points. Today I'm starting off with 2 affordable options by IKEA. 

Sundvik - $124 // Gulliver - $139



Ikea's Sundvik bed offers higher sides which would allow Jack to move around without falling out.  Even though it's design is more traditional, I think it would still fit perfectly with the rest of the decor and furniture in his room.

The Gulliver bed  is inspired by the popular and super affordable Gulliver crib. I love it's simple and functional - storage can be added underneath - design. At 65" it's longer than your average toddler bed, but still much shorter than a traditional twin size.

When you transition your child from a crib to a bed, did you get a toddler bed first or did you move straight to a bigger bed? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions since we are still trying to decide.

19 comments:

  1. We just got the Ikea Sundvik bed for my just turned two year old! Love it so far. Our other son has a twin-size Ikea bed that we switched over at 20 months and it worked fine! It really is what you prefer---I love the Ikea beds because they are low to the ground and affordable, so you don't feel like you have to keep the bed until they are 16!

    Julie
    www.thechirpingmoms.com

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    1. I think going straight to a twin/full bed might be a wise money decision. I would just have to buy the guard rails.

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  2. I'm looking forward to this series of posts. We are expecting #2 at the end of April and will need to transition our soon-to-be 2 year old before baby comes, so I can avoid purchasing another crib. I have a full size bed ready to go, but can't decide if I want to transition to the toddler bed first, or go straight to the big bed. The downfall -- he's also moving rooms, so he's getting a double whammy and I think this will make it even harder.

    Courtney
    www.metzgerfamilylove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I will be sharing affordable twin/full size beds next week.

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  3. We went straight to a big bed with after-market guard rails that we bought at BRUs. We never bought the toddler bed conversion kit with our crib, so it went straight to a big bed. I'm glad we did - don't want another peice of furniture hanging around. If they can sleep in a bed with safety rails, why not go straight for the big one? My son is almost 3 and has been in this bed for about 6+ months. He transitioned great!

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    1. We didn't purchase a conversion kit either. I wanted to at first but realized that Jack would only be sleeping on the toddler bed for a short time... we are thinking about baby #2 :)

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  4. We still have our two year old in his crib, but when we do switch I plan to get a mattress and put it right on the floor. I like the safety of it but also it will give my little guy the feeling that his room is at his level and acessible without being dangerous - in fact I plan to set his whole room up that way (no tall dressers etc, but things in baskets on low shelves). It's based on the Montessori idea of keeping things in a kid's world at a kid's level, and I am interested to give it a try (and save money on a bed frame!!). Of course we'll see how it all goes when we make the transition, right?!?

    Jen at www.themamayears.com

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  5. Thanks for doing this post! We have a tiny apartment in Chicago, so when baby #2 comes along (whenever that may be), our daughter and the baby will have to share rooms. Even though a twin bed will last you through the long haul, a toddler bed would just save so much space, especially if the babes share a room. I love the IKEA options and am looking forward to your future posts and what you end up deciding to do

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  6. We just moved our son into his toddler bed. We chose to transition to that first because it just seems like a full or twin bed was too big for him. It has worked out great so far. He too moves around a lot, but we rolled up a towel and placed it between the mattress and the sheet. He can still get in and out (oh that is a down fall to a toddler bed!) but it keeps him from rolling out while he sleeps. I also just re-designed his room a little. Heres a link to the post, let me know what you think.
    http://www.peltierinteriors.com/a-toddler-bedroom/

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  7. I movied Phil straight to a Queen size bed. At first I had the bed along the wall so that he couldn't roll off that way. And I kept pillows along the other side. He has NEVER fallen off. Be careful about the regualar twin beds you look at with high sides, b/c since they aren't necessarily designed for toddlers, safety considerations may not have made when designing the spacing of the rails. Just a thought. I'd go straight to a big bed. Phil LOVES his bed, he loves stretching out. :)

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  8. Oh, I forgot, I moved Phil from his crib to a big bed when he was 2.

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