The transition from a crib to a toddler bed happens when your child is ready. Some children may be ready to transition before others but typically children should be at least 18 months. There are a few signs that your child may be ready to transition.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends making the transition to a toddler bed when your child is 35 inches (89 centimeters) tall. At this height most children will be able to climb out of the crib even when the mattress is in the lowest position.

Climbing Out of the Crib

If your child is attempting to climb out of the crib or is capable of climbing it may be time to switch her to a toddler bed for safety purposes. You will want to talk with your child and tell her that it is very dangerous to try to climb out of the crib and she could get hurt. Children can get injured if they try to climb out and fall on the floor.


If your child is sleeping in a toddler bed, he will be able to get out when he wakes up. Is he capable of playing by himself safely without supervision? If you wouldn’t want this to happen then think about keeping him in the crib a little longer. If you trust him to play independently in his bedroom it may be time to transition to a toddler bed.

Interest in a Toddler Bed

Perhaps your child says he does not like he crib and want a big kid bed. Maybe he saw one on a playdate and wants his own or even tried out the concept at a sleepover. If your toddler expresses interest in trying a toddler bed he may be ready to transition to a toddler bed.

New Baby

If your child is at least 18 months and you are expecting a new baby, you may want to transition your toddler to a bed so you can use the crib for the new baby. It is important to be careful to tell your toddler that they are not being replaced by the baby. Be sure to emphasize that they are a “big kid” now so they will be able to sleep in their own bed.

Check out these tips to make the transition from crib to toddler bed as seamless as possible.

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