Updated on October 14, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Moving your toddler from a crib to a bed is a huge step. It can be sad for some parents when they realize their child is no longer a baby. It can also be scary for your child to move to an unfamiliar bed. You can make this a smooth, easy, and even exciting transition for both of you if you take the time to find the bed that is right for your child.
To help you accomplish this, I’ve compiled a list of the top 7 beds just for toddlers. Read on to find the one that’s right for you and your child.
7 Best Toddler Beds for Girls & Boys
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This toddler bed makes the transition from crib to be easy. It is low to the ground, so your toddler can easily climb in themselves. It has guardrails to keep your child from rolling out and a center leg to reinforce stability. It comes in a variety of different colors, so you’re sure to find one that matches the room or your toddler’s favorite color. It is simple and classic, giving you everything you’ll need at a great price.
Keep in mind: This is a toddler, not a twin bed, so it’s just to get your child used to being in a regular bed.
Good for: Toddlers who aren’t ready for a twin bed, but are getting too old for a crib
(Best space saver — $$)
Why it’s great: This bed is the perfect choice for a smaller bedroom. It is a loft bed, so you get a little extra space underneath it for a reading nook, fort, storage, or whatever you can think of. It’s still fairly low, so it’s not high enough to scare your toddler. The ladder is attached to the front and is vertical, so you don’t have to worry about it sticking out and tripping over it. It also has a guard rail around the entire mattress, keeping your child safe and secure all night long.
Keep in mind: This bed does have a weight limit, so you won’t be able to lie in bed with your child.
Good for: Toddlers with small bedrooms or who like having their own special, little nook.
(Best quality — $$$)
Why it’s great: This fun bunk bed has room for two! Whether you have multiple children or your child has friends that like to sleepover, you’ll have plenty of room with this bed. When your toddler first transitions to a bed, you can put them on the bottom bunk to get used to it and then move them up to the top when they’re ready. The top bunk has a slide to get down, so not only will your little one get to avoid trying to climb down a ladder, but they’ll also be having fun!
Keep in mind: Both the ladder and slide stick out from the side of the bed, so you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of space in the room.
Good for: Multiple children or toddlers who want a top bunk, but might not be ready yet.
(Best first bed — $)
Why it’s great: This toddler bed comes in different character options from Minnie Mouse to PJ Masks. Your toddler will love having their favorite character on their bed, making the transition much smoother. This bed is made of plastic and is quick and easy to put together. It has guardrails to keep your child from rolling out and is toddler-sized, ensuring your child won’t feel overwhelmed with all the extra space. With its cute characters and affordable price, this bed would make a great first bed for your toddler.
Keep in mind: This is toddler sized and uses a crib mattress.
Good for: Toddlers who feel more comfortable surrounded by their favorite characters.
(Most fun — $$)
Why it’s great: Another one from Delta Children, this bed has most of the same features as the one above. The difference is this one is made of solid, sturdy wood. The elevated sides act as guardrails and keep your toddler safe. The Paw Patrol design makes it look like your child is climbing in a firetruck to join the team on an adventure! Your toddler will have no problem going to sleep in this bed surrounded by all their favorite pups.
Keep in mind: This one is also toddler sized, so you’ll need a crib mattress for it.
Good for: Toddlers who are a little more adventurous and like bright colors and patterns.
(Best for travel — $)
Why it’s great: You can take this bed anywhere! It’s a portable air mattress made just the right size for your toddler. If your child doesn’t like to sleep alone, you can set this up on your bedroom floor or in a siblings room, until they’re ready to sleep on their own. If you’re going on vacation, or even having a sleepover at Grandma’s, this bed will easily travel With you, so your toddler always has a comfy place to sleep. It even has security rails on the sides to keep your child from rolling off. Unlike most air mattresses, this one has a tuck-in feature, making it easy to secure sheets and blankets to the bed for a secure and comfortable night of sleep.
Keep in mind: It is an air mattress, so you’ll need to keep it inflated. Luckily, it comes with its own pump.
Good for: Toddlers who travel a lot or aren’t quite ready to sleep by themselves.
(Most features — $$$)
Why it’s great: This bed goes all out! It is a twin size loft bed with a tent that turns it into a castle for a princess. Your toddler won’t have to worry about trying to climb a ladder to get in or out of this bed because it features a staircase and a slide. The stairs are also drawers, so you get extra storage space too. The little area under the bed creates a special little room your child can use for whatever they want. With this cute castle, your toddler is sure to feel like a princess.
Keep in mind:This one is pricey, but well worth it for all the extra features.
Good for: Little girls who like to pretend they’re a princess.
FAQs about beds for toddlers
1. When should I move my toddler to a bed?
This will largely depend on your child. As soon as your toddler can climb out of the crib, it’s no longer safe to have them in one. This can be anywhere from 12 months to 3 years depending on your child. If your child reaches 3 feet in height before 3 years, you’ll definitely need to move them out to give them more space.
2. What size bed is best for my toddler?
The younger the child, the more likely you’ll want to start with a toddler bed instead of going directly to a twin. After being enclosed in a crib, putting your child in a big bed can seem scary. Your child will feel more secure with less extra space surrounding them. If your toddler is more adventurous and on the older side, they’ll likely want or need the little bit of extra space that the twin size provides.
3. Is it ok to get a loft or bunk bed for my toddler?
Most loft or bunk beds have a guardrail to prevent your child from rolling out while they’re asleep. However, if you have a more adventurous child, they may think it’s fun to try to jump out. Ladders aren’t always the easiest for toddlers either. A bed with a staircase or a slide can make it easier for your child to navigate. There is no right or wrong answer. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
4. What features should I look for in a bed?
There are a few different things to consider when looking for a bed. As mentioned above, picking the right size is probably the most important. After that, it’s all about knowing what your child will like. Simple and classic, or covered in characters or style. One that is easy to take on travel or one that takes up the least amount of space. The most important thing is to find one that makes your child feel comfortable.
5. What other safety concerns are there?
As long as you follow all the directions to make sure you’ve got the bed put together correctly, there shouldn’t be too many safety issues. Not only do the bunk or loft beds have guardrails, but most regular toddler beds do also too. It is still a good idea to keep extra toys and blankets out of their beds to decrease the risk of suffocation.
When your child is ready for a bed, make the transition smoothly by doing a little thinking ahead of time. Consider how much space there is in their room and what other features you may need.
Will your child feel safer close to the ground in a regular bed or would they find it fun and exciting to have a loft? Would they be more comfortable in something with a simple design or would they like seeing their favorite characters around them? Do you want them to have something both functional and fun?
You can also include your child in the process. It might ease some of the anxiety and tension they’re feeling if they get to help pick out their own bed. Pick out a few options that you like first and then let them make the final decision. This way, you’ll all be happy with your choice.
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