Toddler Bed Comparison
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Toddler Bed Buying Guide
What is a Toddler Bed?
Toddler beds come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and other features that can customize each sleeping experience. Purchasing the perfect toddler bed is a big decision because they can remain in the beds for several years. Most toddlers use a toddler bed from the age of around 2 ½ or three until they are around 6 years old. To choose the right bed for your child consider the following questions.
What is your child’s size? The weight and height of your child will determine how long they can sleep in the bed you choose. The size of the bed will also determine if you need a twin mattress or can use the existing crib mattress. What bed size will best accommodate your child’s height and weight. Take note of the weight capacity and measurements for the toddler bed. This will ensure it fits in your space and your child can use it for years to come.
What color do you prefer? Toddler beds come in a variety of colors including natural colors like black, white, brown, or cherry. Others are more geared towards a boy or girl and can have themes like popular shows or movies that are currently playing. The challenge with themed beds is the child can grow out of the theme faster than they physically grow out of the bed. A themed bed is also less likely to be able to be used for additional children down the road. Using removable stickers is a way to personalize the bed, while still increasing its life.
What materials are used to make the bed? Toddler beds can be made from natural wood, composite material or even plastic. Plastic beds are often less durable than wooden beds but are lighter and easier to move. Plastic toddler beds are sturdy but may also have less support. These are often the cheapest options but may not hold up to jumping and other activities children engage in. Composite beds are generally sturdy but do not last as long as natural wood. They are priced in between plastic and natural woods. Natural wood can be painted and personalized easier than plastic and composite beds and tend to last the longest. They also tend to be the heaviest and most expensive because they are made with higher quality materials. They offer the most support of the three materials.
Features to Consider
Valuable features to consider when choosing a toddler bed include the following.
Safety Railings are commonly found on most toddler beds. Some rails go all the way across the bed, while others are only halfway, enabling the child to enter and exit the bed independently. This feature helps the child to remain in the bed, even if they move around a lot during the night. Railings should be sturdy and be able to withstand bumping up against without moving. Rails that are easy to remove could create a problem if they don’t hold up to a toddlers jumping and roughness.
The height of the bed. One of the key benefits of a toddler bed is that it is low to the ground making it easy for the child to get in and out. The height is an important factor in a bed because children are not tall and will need help with a higher bed. This feature can be great for smaller children who are just learning how to sleep on their own. Heights can range from around 20 inches to 30 inches or higher. The height of your child and what age they transition could impact the best height for your child.
Extra support. Children may be small but they are far from gentle. Support is a key factor to consider when choosing a bed. Children jump and bounce and otherwise are very rough on beds. A bed without good support can break or sag after a short period of time. Additional legs and extra cross supports help the bed withstand toddler activities. One or more extra legs placed in the middle of the bed provide more support and stability. Also look at the maximum weight the bed can hold before choosing the right bed.
Tools Included and the ability for easy set up and take down will save you time and trouble. The bed should be able to fold flat for easy storage and include all the tools needed for set up so you are not looking for tools. This is also useful should you ever need to retighten or adjust the bed at a later time.
Toddler beds can be an excellent transition between a crib and adult sized bed, with all the safety features available. Most parents want to transition children from crib to toddler bed as they learn to sleep independently. The most factor when transitioning a child from a nursey to a toddler room is making sure your child feels safe and secure while gaining their new found independence. Toddler beds provide a perfect way from them to advance beyond the crib safely.