What You Need to Know When Buying a Toddler Bed
Toddler beds are usually made for children who are at least 3′ tall and weigh no more than 23 kg. They fit crib sized mattresses and bedding. However there are more sizes and longer lasting options for your growing child.
Children are usually ready for a toddler bed by age 2. When your child can climb in and out of their crib unaided, they’re probably ready for a toddler bed.
Many modern cribs are designed to convert into toddler beds. Convertible cribs are convenient because there’s no need to buy a new bed for the child until they need an adult sized bed. Some convertible cribs can later be changed into a single sized bed for an older child or adult.
What to Look For
A sturdy bed, built to comply with current safety standards, is a must. Firstly, check corners and edges to make sure that they are smooth with no hardware protruding that could cause injuries. Side rails are also a must to protect your child from falling out of bed during sleep or play.
Also make sure you note the weight maximum for the bed. If the bed will only hold up to 23 kg, you won’t be able to sit on the bed with your toddler.
Buying a Toddler Bed
Toddler beds can be found in many stores that sell furniture for children.
Toddler beds are either made to look like adult sized beds, or novel shapes like cars, or houses:
Novelty beds are sometimes more expensive than traditional style toddler beds. If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily make a traditional bed fun for your child with a bedding set that matches your child’s personality and interests. Baby London Shop has many cute bedding sets to choose from:
Building a Toddler Bed
You can find tutorials online and in books that will show you how to build a toddler bed. A popular option is to convert a twin bed frame into a toddler bed. You simply install rails or pillow-style bolsters on both sides of the bed to keep your child secure.
If you build your own toddler bed, make sure that the instructions are based on current safety standards for children’s beds, and that you have the carpentry skills required because If made incorrectly, the toddler bed could be unsafe for your child.
At Baby London Shop you’ll find cute, cosy quality beds: