A DaVinci Sleigh Toddler Bed is a perfect way to transition your toddler out of his crib and into the world of ‘big beds’. He gets to keep his crib mattress, and the soft sheets that have grown to mean comfort to him; but moving the mattress to a toddler bed gives him a chance to have his first taste of ‘bedtime independence’.
Not that you’ll be allowing your child to choose his own bedtime, or decide how he’d like to sleep. That’s your job, and will continue to be right up through the teenager years. But your toddler is old enough now to learn obedience, and obedience is meaningless without independence and the ability to disobey.
When he was little, you laid him in his crib and he stayed in because he had to; there was no way out of those high walls. When you transition him to the toddler bed, he’ll discover there is nothing but little half-rails: enough railing to stop an accidental tumble, but not enough to keep him anywhere he doesn’t want to be. And he’ll discover what it means to stay in his bed because he should, not because he has to. It’s a big lesson and might take a while to learn, but it’s worth learning. It’s one of the prime marks of a decent human being: impulse control and the ability to do what is right, irrelevant of feelings.
So don’t keep your little guy in a high-walled crib: move him to a toddler bed. And yes, if you like a sleek, classic style, the DaVinci Sleigh Toddler Bed is definitely a good way to go. It’s the perfect transitional bed: the barred headboard, footend and halfrailings are reminiscent of a crib, but this is obviously meant for someone bigger and more responsible: two wide open sides allow easy ingress and egress. The bed is low enough to the floor that your toddler will be able to get in easily on his own, but still high enough you can use that under bed space to store some toy boxes or drawers if that’s how you like to organize.
The DaVinci Sleigh Toddler Bed is sturdy; you don’t have to worry if your toddler likes to play roughly on it during the day. Although the official weight limit is 50 lbs, many parents report that it holds up just fine when they climb in with their toddler for a bedtime story or a snuggle. If you are concerned about this weight limit, you can also reinforce the bottom with a plywood board.
The paints and varnishes used on this bed are all child-safe and lead and phthalate free, so even if your toddler has an annoying habit of chewing on his bedrail you’ll have no cause for health concerns—though you will want to get on to him about destroying his beautiful furniture. It is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes: Cherry, Espresso, Ebony, Honey Oak, Natural, or White. Choose the finish that best suits your personal preferences or matches the rest of your toddler’s room, and you’ll find the DaVinci Sleigh transition bed a beautiful addition to your child’s furniture collection.