Toddler Bed vs. Twin Bed

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Deciding between a toddler bed and a twin bed is the next step after a parent decides it’s time for their toddler to move from a crib to a bed. Both beds have their pros and cons, and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of both may help make the decision a little easier.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Toddler Bed:

Advantages of putting your toddler in a toddler-sized bed:

  • The bed is about the same size as a crib, possibly making the transition from a crib to a bed easier on your little one.
  • Crib sheets will fit on a toddler-sized bed, meaning you don’t have to buy new bedding.
  • Toddler mattresses are usually covered in vinyl making them easy to wipe clean. This is great because if your toddler pees the bed it won’t ruin the mattress!
  • Toddler-sized beds are usually lower to the ground than twin beds. If your child rolls out of bed it will not be as big of a fall as rolling out of a twin bed.
  • Many beds made for toddlers come with partial side-rails, meaning you may not have to buy toddler bed rails.
  • Toddler-sized beds often cost less than twin beds.
  • Some beds are themed. Ex: princess toddler-sized bed, cars toddler-sized bed, etc

Disadvantages of putting your toddler in a toddler-sized bed:

  • A toddler-sized bed will only last a few years before your toddler needs a larger bed.
  • If you buy a bed made for toddlers now you will still have to spend money on a larger bed later, meaning you will buy two “big kid” beds instead of one.
  • Toddlers may change their mind about having a themed bed and no longer like it.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Twin Bed

Advantages of putting your toddler in a twin sized bed:

  • The bed will be closer in size to Mommy and Daddy’s bed, making the toddler feel like they really do have a “big kid” bed.
  • Your child can use a twin bed for the rest of childhood without outgrowing it.
  • There’s more room on a twin-sized bed.
  • Buying new sheets and a comforter may help your toddler feel excited about sleeping in a bed instead of a crib.
  • Many twin sized beds are classic styles that a child will never outgrow.

Disadvantages of putting your toddler in a twin sized bed:

  • The bed will be much larger than a crib, possibly making the transition to a bed more difficult on some toddlers.
  • If you want to protect the mattress from bed-wetting you will have to buy a waterproof mattress pad.
  • It is harder to find character themed twin beds: Ex princess beds, pirates bed
  • A twin bed is usually higher off the ground than a toddler-sized bed, meaning a further distance too if your child falls off the bed.
  • Side rails are not traditionally included with a twin bed, so if you want bed rails for your toddler you will have to buy them separately.

Choose what works for you and your toddler:

In the end, choosing between a toddler-sized bed and a twin-sized bed is all about preference. Choose which one will work best in your home and for your toddler. The next step now is transitioning your toddler to the bed!

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