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13 Toddler Beds to Help Ease the Transition From Baby to Big Kid

by Bethany Braun-Silva


13 Toddler Beds to Help Ease the Transition From Baby to Big Kid
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The best toddler beds for a peaceful sleep.

 

Toddlerhood comes with many changes — some big, some small — but one of the most important is the transition from crib to bed. If your toddler is breaking out of their crib, they might be signaling to you that they are ready for a big-kid bed. There are no strict guidelines as to what age kids should switch to a toddler bed, but they can start to show interest as early as 18 months and as late as 4 years old. 

 

While some kids may be enthusiastic about the idea of a toddler bed, for others, the thought of a big bed can be scary. Toddlers’ worlds are changing every day — potty training, new siblings, new school, and more— and life can get overwhelming, so it’s best to keep sleep stress-free and straightforward. 

 

What to Consider When Buying a Toddler Bed

 

There are two types of beds to consider when buying a bed for toddlers: Parents can choose from a traditional toddler bed that comes with rails and is low to the ground, or they can opt for a twin bed that will need bed rails, usually sold separately. Either is a great choice.

 

Also, be prepared for possible sleep regression and a new excitement around bedtime. Have patience, and try to keep everything else the same. Stick to your regular bedtime routine and ensure that your toddler’s room is safe, given that they may do some exploring when you’re not around. Transitioning to a toddler bed is an exciting time, and your baby is growing up fast!

 

Below, check out our 13 picks for the best toddler beds in 2020. 

 

 

Best Overall: Dream On Me Toddler Sleigh Bed

Best Convertible: Dream On Me Emma 3-in-1 Convertible Toddler Bed

Best for Travel: Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed

Best Crib-to-Toddler Bed: Carter’s by DaVinci Colby 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Best Twin: Burkley Twin Convertible Toddler Bed

Best with Rails: Monarch Hill Ivy Toddler Bed

Best Bunk Bed: Bellmead Twin over Twin Bunk Bed

Best with Tent: Disney Mickey Mouse Toddler Bed

Best Car Bed: Delta Children Grand Prix Race Car Toddler-to-Twin Bed

Best with Storage: Dream On Me Sleigh Toddler Bed with Storage Drawer

Best Affordable: Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Toddler Bed

Best with Canopy: South Shore Sweedi House Bed

Best Day Bed: Dugas Deluxe Toddler Daybed with Storage

 

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Best Overall

Dream On Me Toddler Sleigh Bed

Price:$99.00

This toddler bed comes with detachable rails on either side and is low to the ground for added safety. Plus, the solid-wood foundation makes the bed extra sturdy. It also comes in many different colors and fits a standard toddler bed mattress. You can't go wrong with this pick.

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Best Convertible

Dream On Me Emma 3-in-1 Convertible Toddler Bed

Price:$141.00

For parents concerned that they won't be getting the best bang for their buck with a bed their kids only use for a few years, this toddler bed converts into a table and two chairs after kids grow out of it. Note: The conversion kit is sold separately.

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Best for Travel

Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed

Price:$29.00

Help your toddler rest comfortably on vacation or while visiting relatives. This bed holds kids up to 75 pounds with its durable canvas fabric. It folds up for convenience and comes with a fitted sheet.

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Best Crib-to-Toddler Bed

Carter's by DaVinci Colby 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

Price:$179.00

You get four beds in one with this purchase as it converts from a crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed and then a full-size bed. This bed will grow with your child for years.

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Best Twin

Catalina Bed

Price:$399.00

This bed features a wood footboard and headboard and can be adjusted to two different heights. The lower height is perfect for toddlers to get in and out of bed on their own. You can also add bed rails to either side.

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Best with Rails

Monarch Hill Ivy Toddler Bed

Price:$134.00

This toddler bed features guardrails that help to keep your little one from rolling off. It's also quite sturdy, and many parents praise how easy it is to assemble.

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Best Bunk Bed

Bellmead Twin over Twin Bunk Bed

Price:$310.00

There's just something about a bunk bed that's thrilling for kids. If you have an older child, getting a bunk bed is an exciting way to transition your younger child to a big bed. This bunk bed is low to the ground so that toddlers can sleep safely on the bottom bunk. It also converts to twin separate twin beds and comes with guardrails.

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Best with Tent

Disney Mickey Mouse Toddler Bed

Price:$120.00

Kids will feel safe and cozy in this tented toddler bed. The tent features window panels and doors that can be rolled up on either side. Plus, Mickey Mouse is there to comfort your child should any bad dreams arise.

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Best Car Bed

Delta Children Grand Prix Race Car Toddler-to-Twin Bed

Price:$250.00

There's nothing like a car bed to get your toddler ready for bedtime. This sturdy bed features a bench at the foot to store toys and books. It also has built-in side rails to keep your little one safe as they speed past the finish line in their dreams. It also converts to a twin bed and comes in red, black and blue.

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Best with Storage

Dream On Me Sleigh Toddler Bed with Storage Drawer

Price:$149.00

This classic sleigh bed features two drawers at the bottom, perfect for storing sheets, blankets or toys. Even with the drawers, the bed is still low to the ground for safety.

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Best Affordable

Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Toddler Bed

Price:$60.00

Toddlers will love having the Paw Patrol pups with them as they drift off to sleep. This affordable bed features a metal frame and plastic footboard and headboard. Include your kid in the assembly process by having them put the decorative stickers on the bed.

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Best with Canopy

South Shore Sweedi House Bed

Price:$219.00

This bed will not only provide a comfortable place for your child to sleep, but help spark their imagination in the process. It’s easy to assemble and adds a special touch to any room. We love that it can be customized with paint, stickers, curtains and more.

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Best Day Bed

Dugas Deluxe Toddler Daybed with Storage

Price:$200.00

This gorgeous day bed is extra secure and features a storage drawer underneath. The guardrails detach so your child can enjoy this bed beyond their toddler years.