• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: When They Are Ready

    Toddlers have an innate sense of when they are ready to move from a crib to a toddler bed. They will start to feel too big for the crib and may start climbing out of it regularly. This is a sign that your toddler is becoming more independent and is ready to sleep in a toddler bed.

    On the Other: By The Age of Three

    When toddlers turn three, they are old enough to switch from a crib to a toddler bed. They are usually potty-trained and a toddler bed gives them the freedom and independence to go to the bathroom. It affects a toddler's well-being and sense of independence when they are sleeping in a crib after the age of three.

    Bottom Line

    Toddlers are on their own timeline for independence, growth and freedom. Making the transition from a crib to a toddler bed is a big change for a toddler and it is a turning point in their life. After potty training and/or the age of three, they should be sleeping in a toddler bed.


    Baby Center: Toddler Bed

    The Labor Of Love: When is My Child Ready for a Toddler Bed

    The Baby Corner: Transitioning for Crib to Toddler Bed

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