Size toddler bed
Little girls and boys grow up (much too fast)! When it is time to move to the “big bed”, it is sometimes a bit difficult to choose between a toddler bed (measuring 70×140 cm) and a single bed.
What are the differences and how do you make the best choice?
We will try to help you in a few ways. If you're hesitating between a 70×140 cm toddler bed and a single bed, we hope this article will help you finally take the plunge.
A toddler bed of 70×140 cm is perfect for little ones who need a bigger bed from 18-24 months. Due to the length of 140 cm, this bed is perfect for children from 2 years and sometimes even from 18 months, given their motor development. Precisely because the bed is not yet too big, your little one can easily get used to sleeping in a bed with (anti-fall) gates. You can use a toddler bed with dimensions of 140×70 cm until your child is 6 years old.
If your child is almost 3 years old, you can consider purchasing a single bed.
When from crib to toddler bed?
It very much depends on your toddler when you can start with a junior bed. A cot is usually suitable up to the age of 2.5 years, but your child may need a larger bed earlier. Does your toddler feel locked up in the crib, does he sleep very restlessly and 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 years.
Do you opt for a toddler bed or a single bed?
We list the pros and cons for you.
Benefits toddler bed:
- A toddler bed is specially made for toddlers and has high sides so that your little one cannot fall out.
- A junior bed is lower than a single bed, so that your child can easily and safely climb in and out by himself.
- It is a nice, safe intermediate step between a cot and a large bed.
- Because a toddler bed is smaller than a single bed, you have more space in the nursery to play.
A disadvantage of a toddler bed is that your child can grow out of 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 a little more trouble with that and does he like the security of his cot? 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 bed on his own. 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 cot is soft. For example, put a thick blanket or an extra mattress on the floor during the first nights. If your little one clambers 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. It also makes it easier for him to get in and out of bed.
- Farewell to sleeping bag/sleeping bag . Along with saying goodbye to the crib, we also have to say goodbye to the sleeping bag. If your child wants to stand with it and take a step, he no longer has the safe bars to catch him. With the toddler bed, it is therefore also time for a duvet .
- Toddler proof . Your toddler can now roam on his own at night, which is why it's important to take a closer look at the safety of your home. Are there toys on the floor that he could trip over? Do the sockets have a child safety lock? Is there a stair gate? Are the door handles of the bathroom and possibly the laundry room up, so that he cannot enter? Is the medicine cabinet secured with a lock?