Toddler Beds

Written by Sierra Rein
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Whenever a toddler becomes either too restless or too big for a normal crib or cot, it might be a good idea to purchase a toddler bed. Toddler beds are designed to act as "training beds." They are built with railings along the edge to keep a young child from falling out, yet are made to scale so the toddler can get in and out of it on his or her own.

Switching from a crib to a toddler bed can be an emotional milestone for a child. It is important to recognize a child's needs and to involve him or her in the process. Once the parents pick out a number of options, they can ask the child what he or she is attracted to. By making the toddler bed a personal adventure, the toddler's fears and problems about sleeping in the new bed will be lessened.

Tips on Buying Toddler Beds

When choosing between different toddler beds, safety should be the number one consideration. Make sure the bed is made of wood, and that any paint or coating is made of non-toxic material. To prevent injury, cover the borders of the bed with soft, padded cushions to soften any head movements while the child is asleep or playing.

In addition, choose a bed that is low to the ground and easy to get in and out of. Double-check all joints and screws and disregard any bed that seems in danger of falling apart. The guardrails should easily attach to the frame of the bed and should be able to be removed at a moments notice. Finally, make sure the overall design is simple and that no sharp protrusions exist within the head- and footboards.

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