the toddler bed transition



Last weekend we said goodbye to cribs and hello to toddler beds. I’m not gonna lie – it was an emotional event for me. They were ready, but I was never going to be. We had actually purchased the beds last year, wanting to have them ready and waiting for when the time came. With only one climbing out incident (by the wild child Marie), we waited as long as possible, not wanting to disturb their amazing napping/sleeping patterns. But lifting almost 30 lbs. of kids (times two) in and out of cribs 3+ times a day was taking a toll on our backs, and considering some upcoming travel plans that require sleeping in bigger beds, we felt it was time. We talked about it for a few months, read books, and showed them pictures of their new beds….they were excited and looking forward to freedom. Needless to say, mommy + daddy were a bit scared.




The decision of toddler vs. twin beds was a laborious (and very personal) one. After intense consideration, we realized toddler beds made the most sense for us (if you’re a parent, you know how hotly debated this issue is). It mostly comes down to space for us, as Henry + Marie share a room, and we want it to look/feel spacious for as long as possible. Also, in my opinion, going from a crib to a twin bed is a bit scary for a child, even with bed rails protecting them from falling. When you try to imagine the world from their perspective you realize how giant things can seem. Cost is a big reason many skip the toddler bed and opt for a twin, but we felt it was worth it for a smoother transition, more space, and the same (costly) mattresses. Our hope is that they can be in these for at least 2-3 years, before making the jump to twins.




Their immediate reactions were joyous, and they wasted no time taking them for a test drive. Since the beds we chose have some enclosure, they felt cozy enough without all the bars to surround them. The first attempt at nap time was a joke – they were just way too excited about their new freedom. However, the first night was a total success, whew…they didn’t fall out or get scared, and even stayed in bed until we came to get them in the morning! By the third day they were settled into their new routine, and normal naps resumed (insert collective parental sigh here). Overall, the transition was pretty smooth + seamless! I’d love to hear your stories…when did you make the switch, or are you considering it now?

p.s. – clothing c/o burts bees baby (in case you’re curious)

p.p.s. – stay tuned for the full reveal of their toddler room makeover!


  1. I have a 14 month old and he’s definitely not ready yet, but many of my friends with older toddlers debate this topic often!

    PS Where did you buy the beautiful toddler beds from? They’re lovely!

    • Such a highly debated topic Anna, right?! The beds are from RH baby + child, thank you!

  2. Your children are so precious and the toddler beds you chose are suited to them perfectly. We put our oldest son in a twin bed and felt like it was a big jump. Our next two sons we went to a sweet little Jenny Lind toddler bed first and were very happy with that decision. They loved it and we were must more pleased, too. This was years ago! Many years ago. I had no idea this would be something hotly debated today. Additionally, I think toddler beds are just plain adorable!

    • Thank you so much Kathy – and I love the little Jenny Lind toddler beds! I agree…so stinkin cute.

  3. So cute! I love the beds you picked! Eva’s crib converted into a toddler bed, so we used that until she was about three and a half when she moved into a twin. The toddler bed would have been fine for a while longer, but her crib matress did not wear well and I thought it better to just make the jump to a twin. She’s never fallen out or seemed the least bit scared of her bed. It’s also of the jenny lind variety ;)

    • thank you Sarah, I’m happy to hear your toddler to twin transition went smoothly…going to try and make ours last two years or so, we’ll see! ;)

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