It’s a tough pill to swallow but every mom has to come to terms with the fact that, eventually, your bitty baby will grow up and want out of their crib. But before they hit big kid status, they’ll be hanging out in toddler territory for a few years. When he or she is able to climb out of their crib, you’ll know it’s time to do your research on the best toddler beds on the market.
And while it’s true that toddler beds look a lot like big kid beds — save for the bumpers, guard rails and character themes — maybe hold off on busting out the tissues. Your little one is still little, they just need a bit more freedom. So think of a toddler bed as a crib, only much lower to the ground and with half the barring. Nighttime wigglers will still be kept secure while they sleep, but the open space allows them to climb on and off the furniture all by themselves (so you should probably keep your bedroom door open, just in case they have a nightmare and need a little TLC).
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When shopping for a toddler bed, you of course want to keep safety features top of mind, but now that your baby is a little older now and has formed opinions about what they like do and don’t like, character furniture could come into play. Luckily, there are tons of toddler beds on the market that cater to both mom and kid preferences. Here are some of the best toddler beds on Amazon to help narrow down your options.
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1. Dream On Me Toddler Bed
This toddler bed almost looks grown up, save for the safety rails. Dream On Me’s toddler bed sits low to the ground and is built so your little one can climb in and out all on their own. The wooden structure also features side rails to keep wrigglers from rolling off in the middle of the night.
It’s available in seven finishes, such as cherry, espresso and lavender ice, and some bundles on Amazon even come with a mattress (though typically it’s sold separately). It’s a great pick for parents looking to dodge any character-focused furniture because it’s a simple, classic design that can grow with your child into their elementary years.
2. Delta Children Paw Patrol Toddler Bed
If you’re nervous about how your little one will make out transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed, no worries: Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma and Skye will be keeping a close eye on them through the night. Delta Children’s Paw Patrol Toddler Bed features photos of the gang on the headboard and footboard — a comforting sight for any Nick Jr. fanatic who wakes up in the middle of the night.
The structure includes a steel frame and high-quality plastic construction, and although this toddler bed doesn’t have bumpers, it’s low to the ground and the guardrails on either side of the bed keep your child tucked in.
3. Big Oshi Toddler Bed
Big Oshi’s toddler bed is a great option for parents looking for something simple, classic but with a hint of personality. The furniture is easy to assemble, and the wooden frame is sturdy enough to safely hold kids from 35 to 60 pounds, so you don’t have to rush out to the store for a big kid bed once they’ve technically grown past the toddler stage. The bed is also nice and low to the ground, and includes two side safety rails to ensure kids can move but remain safely inside the structure.