Kids toddler beds are miniature-sized beds meant to be transitional furniture for a child moving between a crib and a ‘big’ twin bed. A twin bed has a lot of space for a little person, and it is also, most likely, high off the ground. Your toddler is probably used to sleeping in a compact, safely railed crib, and going straight into the enormous expanse of a twin bed may not be the easiest for him.
To be considered a toddler bed, a bed should be:
There are lot of kids toddler beds on the market. Budget line toddler beds can be quite cheap; often, well under a hundred dollars. Plastic and steel or cheaply manufactured wood beds, these mini beds do their job: they provide a reasonably safe place for your child to sleep during the two or three years he’ll need it.
They work, but they’re not ideal. What is your ideal toddler bed? Here are some ideas:
Does such a bed exist?
Looking for something that met these criteria I came across Sodura’s Blonde Aero toddler bed. Here’s a simple toddler bed with clean, modern lines, made entirely of sustainably produced wood. That means it smells like wood; not like nasty toxic plastics or paints. It’s made in the USA, too, which means you don’t have to worry about involvement in Chinese or Bangladeshi sweatshops. No sharp corners: every edge is taken gently. The walls are just high enough to keep your toddler in bed, not high enough to make her claustrophobic, and there is an outlet on both sides for climbing in and out.
Many toddlers aren’t completely independent about falling asleep, so that’s why it’s also important this bed is as sturdy as it is: there should be no problem with an adult climbing in next to the child for a bed time story. Or with the toddler pretending, for the fun of it, that his bed is a trampoline. Or a boat, or a racecar. The bed has a boldly stated weight capacity of 1000 pounds.
This bed takes a standard sized crib mattress; it is recommended you use a mattress no thicker than six inches, in order to take full advantage of the bed railing.
What is your ideal in toddler beds and why?