Before purchasing a toddler bed, there are considerations you need to factor in to ensure you have made the right choice. These are a few question you need to answer before making the big purchase:
– How long will the bed be used?
– What’s your budget?
– What type do you want – convertible or non-convertible?
– What’s your child’s preference?
Toddler Bed options
There are two choices for your child’s new bed:
A toddler bed with small frames that fits a crib size mattress and most often comes disguised in spaceship, aircraft, princess castle, sports car etc.
A twin size bed with twin mattress and bed frame with portable safety rails.
Both of these two options are safe but what really is the difference? Let us learn about each of the options to see what differences they have so we can make a better choice when we shop for a toddler bed.
1. Toddler bed:
They comein fun designs and colors that most toddlers will love. In most cases, they come fully furnished with rails and frames so you don’t need to spend more on buying extras. Most toddler beds are low to the ground allowing your child to easily climb on and off the bed on their own teaching independence.
While it is easy to think only of the beautiful side of the toddler bed, they come with some limitation that one should know of before buying. These include:
– Their weight limit is 50 pounds which in most cases today, children outgrow them fast enough. It also limits the parent from getting on the child’s bed for a cuddle during their bed time.
– The effect of the toddler bed being too low and the child learning how to easily climb on and off gives them room to intentionally become mischievous at some point. Watch out for this as it may cause injury to your child.
– Many toddler beds are plastic, which make them less durable, invest wisely.
What to look for in a toddler bed?
– A sturdy structure tough enough to hold your rough and tumble tot or maybe visiting babies if any in future.
– A frame that holds a standard size crib mattress, do not leave gaps between the mattress and the frame as this poses as an entrapment hazard.
– One that has side rails or that allows you to attach some to prevent falls from your child.
– A smooth finished, rounded edges to prevent injury from rough edges that stick out.
– The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Certification sticker should appear on the bed and on any safety rails you buy, it guarantees the product has been certified for meeting the safety standards.
2. A twin bed:
A twin bed allows you to make more use of it than the toddler bed since it can be used all through to teenage years and beyond. The frames are steady and firm to host visiting kids or you when you want to snuggle with your child or teenager. They come with beautiful shades of color and designs fitting the likes of most kids.
As cozy and it sounds, it has a bad side too that you need to learn of before blindly making a purchase. Some of these are:
– A twin size bed requires a twin size mattress and twin size bed frames that may cost you a lot of money.
– A twin bed is too high for toddlers to easily climb on and off on their own, you have to be there to help them all time which creates a dependability when they should be learning independence.
What to look for in a twin bed?
– Steady firm frames is nothing to compromise on, ensure there is the right finish with all edges smoothened out for the safety of your child.
– Ensure it has the sticker showing the products safety standards haven’t been compromised.
– Ensure it has rails or allows you to install some for your toddler to protect them from rolling out in their sleep.
With the above two options and what to look for in each of them, we are at a better position to choose what best fits our toddler, our space and our budget!