Size toddler bed

What is the Size of a Toddler Bed?

Our little ones are growing up (way too fast)! When it's time to move on to the “big bed,” it's sometimes a little difficult to choose between a toddler bed and a single bed. And which size toddler bed do you choose?

toddler bed size

What are the differences and how do you make the best choice?

We will try to help you in a few ways. If you are unsure between a 70x140 cm toddler bed and a single bed, we hope this article will help you finally make the decision.

A toddler bed of 70x140 cm is perfect for little ones who are ready for a larger bed from 18-24 months. Due to its length of 140 cm, this bed is perfect for children from 2 years old and sometimes even from 18 months, given their motor development. Precisely because the bed is not too big yet, your little one can easily get used to sleeping in a bed with (anti-fall) gates. You can use a toddler bed with dimensions 140x70 cm until your child is 6 years old.

If your child is almost 4 years old, you can consider purchasing a single bed.

When to switch from a crib to a toddler bed?

It very much depends on your toddler when you can start with a junior bed . A crib is usually suitable up to the age of 2.5 years, but your child may be ready for a larger bed earlier. Does your toddler feel locked in the crib, does he sleep very restlessly and does he climb out on his own? Then it's time for a toddler bed. You can then use this until your child grows out of it, which is around the age of 7 or 8.

Do you choose a toddler bed or single bed?

We list the pros and cons for you.

Advantages of toddler bed:

  1. A toddler bed is specially made for toddlers and has high sides, so that your little one cannot fall out. The toddler bed size may vary. We are in favor of choosing the "standard" size of 140x70 cm, because it is easiest to purchase matching bedding for this size.
  2. A junior bed is lower than a single bed, so your child can climb in and out easily and safely.
  3. It is a nice, safe transition between a crib and a large bed.
  4. Because a toddler bed is smaller than a single bed, you have more space in the children's room to play.

A disadvantage of a toddler bed is that your child can outgrow it. And that is also the advantage of purchasing a single bed: this bed lasts longer.

A single bed is therefore suitable for the toddler who really needs a larger bed. Does your little one have more trouble with this and does he actually like the security of his crib? Then it is wise to start with a toddler bed first.


Whether you purchase a single, grow-along or toddler bed; Your little one now has the freedom to get in and out of his or her own bed. With this you have to make the environment toddler-proof . You can do this in the following ways:

  • Portcullis . Toddler beds often have high sides, so your little one doesn't roll out of bed at night. Single beds do not have this, but you can buy separate portcullises. You usually clamp this under the mattress and screw it to the base of the bed.
  • Soft surface . Make sure the surface next to the bed is soft. For example, place a thick blanket or an extra mattress on the floor during the first few nights. If your little one climbs out of bed and falls, at least his landing will be soft.
  • Low bed . Because your little one is an adventurer and there is always a danger of falling, it is wise to buy a low bed. Moreover, it makes it easier for him to get in and out of his bed.
  • Saying goodbye to sleeping bag/sleeping bag . Together with saying goodbye to the crib, we also have to say goodbye to the sleeping bag. If your child wants to stand up and take a step, he no longer has the safe bars to catch him. With the toddler bed it is also time for a duvet .
  • Toddler-proof . Your toddler can now wander around at night on his own, which is why it is important to re-examine the safety of your home. Are there toys on the floor that he could trip over? Do the sockets have a child safety feature? Is there a stair gate? Are the door handles of the bathroom and possibly laundry room raised, so that he cannot get in? Is the medicine cabinet secured with a lock?