Updated: May 9, 2015
Toddler Bed Reviews:Are you in the market to buy a new toddler bed for your little boy or girl? Kids love it when they get something like a new bed in their rooms and the latest toddler beds can turn any bedroom into a fantasy world. You'll find princess themed beds with canopies, race cars, fire trucks, sleigh beds, and fun bunk bed style furniture. When is the right age to move your toddler to one of these beds? Age 3 is what we found that most parents and child experts agree upon. Of course if you have a toddler who is climbing out of the crib at an even younger age, get them into a toddler bed ASAP. Another important factor to consider is - Is your toddler potty trained yet? Cleaning sheets, bed covers, and mattresses can be a real hassle so don't rush things unless your toddler is ready for the change. We had a convertible crib for our first child and when she was about 2 1/2 years old we converted the crib into a toddler bed which was an easy transition. Our son is currently at that same stage and we are looking for a good bed that will last through his younger years and provide some personality to his room. We found toddler beds in stores like Ikea, Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us.
Toddler beds for boys are easy to find and they come in a bigger variety than the ones for girls. The toddler beds at Target were great - we found brands like Kidkraft, Little Tikes, Disney, Step2, Dream on Me, and more. Ikea sells some cool looking beds for toddlers - you have to put them together - but the European styling made for a unique look. Some parents like the toddler beds with storage - they serve a dual purpose. Certainly being able to store toys and games in drawers or storage bins under the bed is a plus, but definitely choose a bed that fits your childs personality. The majority of toddler beds we found had the bedrails for safety. The Dream on Me collection has about 24 inches of bed rail near where your childs head would rest while sleeping leaving plenty of room along the side of the bed for them to get out in the morning but still keep them safe at night. Our son has the tendency to move around alot at night so toddler bedrails were high up on our priority list when choosing a bed for him. Even the themed beds like the Little Tikes Lightning McQueen Twin Race Car Bed has a slighly raised area where the pillow would go to help keep your little one in the bed at night and not falling off the edge. Many toddler beds are lower to the ground as compared to adult beds, so even if they do manage to squirm to the edge and roll out they will probably be fine. If you are considering the bunk bed idea, definitely be careful with younger kids as the top bunk can be scary and even dangerous if they are not cautious. Most experts say to avoid bunk beds when the child is too young. KidKraft makes some of the more simple kids beds with cot styles and they are reasonably priced compared to the Disney or Little Tikes beds. The KidKraft Nantucket Toddler Cot sells for roughly $100 while the Little Tikes McQueen bed (mentioned above) goes for about $400. As for toddler bed reviews - we found the best feedback on Amazon.com with dozens of owner opinions to read from. Others sites with reviews are Target, Epinions, Toddlerbeds.com, and Viewpoints.com. It's not a bad idea to read some of the consumer comments posted on websites - you may find pros and cons listed for a bed you are thinking about buying and this could help in your decision making. You can browse the top selling toddler beds online here.