Bed transition can be a bit confusing and overwhelming for parents of toddlers, especially if it’s their first kid and they have no prior experience with the subject. Opinions of parents can vary, but it all boils down to the needs of your toddler and you as a parent. Here are a few factors to consider to make choose the most appropriate bed size for your toddler:
1. Can you afford to pay for a twin bed prior paying for a full bed?
For some parents getting a toddler or twin size bed is the natural thing to do for this age group, following a crib bed. However, there are many parents that claim that buying a toddler or twin sized bed is unnecessary and simply a waste of money, as their kid will inevitably grow in two years time and will need a bigger sized bed. Obviously your child will definitely grow but it won’t grow enormously within 3 years to need a full-sized bed from the beginning. The decision to buy a twin or a full-sized bed depends on your budget and your kid’s growth.
2.Will you be sleeping with your toddler some nights?
Another factor to consider when deciding the size of your toddler’s bed (twin vs full) is whether you’ll be sleeping with your child some nights or not. There are actually quite a few reasons for making this decision. Perhaps your kid has developed fears and wet themselves during sleeping time or you don’t feel comfortable leaving them alone in a separate room and may occasionally sleep with them some nights.
Obviously in this case, you will need a more spacious full bed to accommodate both you and your toddler. However, if you don’t see a need to sleep with them, a twin bed is more than enough to fit their needs at this stage.
3.Has your toddler expressed their need to have their toys and stuff around?
The child at this stage may have already started to express its wants and needs in a few words. If they can’t get rid of their stuff and toys and always want them around for comfort and playing, it’s wiser to go for a bigger sized, full bed.Full-sized beds are also safer in general as they offer more space to play, sleep, hop and turn around and there is a decreased risk of accidents happening. However, some parents may still prefer twin size beds because they look more age-appropriate and it’s easier to take care of them.
In any case whether you are buying a twin or a full-sized bed for your toddler , is to make sure it’s on a low level (less than 6-inch height space) so that even if your child falls accidentally, there are no injuries or harm. Your child’s safety should come first and foremost
Whatever size of bed you choose, you can make the bed look cute and toddler-friendly by changing the bedding style e.g by placing a duvet cover set specially created with toddlers in mind.