Is Your Child Ready for a Toddler Bed? Here Are 12 Amazing Options

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Transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed is an exciting time for a young child. No more being stuck inside their crib waiting for mom or dad to get them out–they now have freedom. And while this newfound freedom can feel a bit frustrating for parents at first (after all, they can get out anytime they want), over time most children will take comfort in their new big-kid bed and maybe even look forward to bedtime.

Although there is no set age when a child should transition to a toddler bed, there are a few signs to look out for. Is your child getting too big for the crib? Does your child plot their escape each and every night (and is successful!)? If yes, then it’s probably time to make the transition.

My son was very comfortable in his crib until he was almost three years old. He never tried to climb out and loved the comfort of his crib. We transitioned him into a toddler bed when it was obvious that the crib was getting too small for him. But I’ve known parents who have made the transition as early as 18 months with no problems. It’s all up to what’s right for your child.

When you decide to finally make that transition, choosing the right toddler bed for your growing child should encompass a few things: it should be low to the ground, sturdy, and be matched with a mattress the same size. Some toddler beds will include minimal railings and some do not. Pro tip: if you buy a toddler bed without railings (like I did for my daughter), pool noodles placed on the edges underneath the fitted sheet works great at keeping your little one from falling off the bed.

To help you in your toddler bed search, we’ve rounded up some of the cutest and most functional toddler beds—from Montessori to house beds—that will have your child (possibly) excited for bedtime.


Best Toddler Beds Under $100


5 Piece Toddler Bedding Set

this toddler bed is under $50!


SNIGLAR Bed Frame With Slatted Base

this minimalist toddler bed is budget-friendly and matches most any decor


Homestead Toddler Bed

this toddler bed includes a sweet house shaped headboard and comes in 2 colors


Bennett Toddler Bed

this bed is low to the ground with two rails to help keep toddlers safe


Toddler Beds $100 – 300

montessori floor bed

Sweedi Toddler Bed

this house frame Montessori floor bed is sure to encourage imaginative play


Metal Toddler Bed

close to a Jenny Lind lookalike, this metal toddler bed is a classic


Solid Wood Toddler Bed

sweet and simple, this solid wood toddler bed also converts into a child-sized chair or sofa


Austin Toddler Day Bed

made of durable pinewood, this toddler day bed comes in 4 colors to match your decor


Gatsby Toddler Platform Bed

described as having a "playful elegance," this pretty velvet fabric toddler bed comes in 4 colors

Etsy | Busywood

Wood House Bed

this cool and creative Montessori kids house bed can be customized in 5 colors


Splurge Toddler Beds

West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids

Sloan Acrylic Convertible Crib

a modern crib that also converts to a stylish toddler bed

Restoration Hardware

Platform Bed and Canvas Tent

a low-to-ground design makes this one great for toddlers, but big enough for them to grow into


This article was originally published on August 31, 2019 and has been updated for timeliness.