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5 Best Toddler Beds for Every Style, Room Size, and Budget

Sweet dreams.

So your kid has started pulling a MacGyver and escaping from his or her crib, and you’re ready to transition to a toddler bed. Sure, most cribs now convert into a bed for toddlers, once you remove the slats. But most likely, your child will ask for (and be big enough) for an actual big-kid bed so he or she can feel like, you know, a big kid.

“Kids needs to transition from cribs when they’re close to being able to fall out. A lot of cribs transition to toddler beds,” says Dr. Benjamin D. Hoffman, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

Hoffman’s guidelines for toddler bed-buying are simple:

  • At around 18 months, most kids are ready for their own bed.
  • At that point, make sure it’s close to the ground, to minimize any injury risk if they fall out.
  • Put a rug under it, for the same reason.
  • And if there are any stairs involved in the hallway or anywhere a kid can get to, use a baby gate.
  • Side rails on the bed are fine, as long as they’re securely attached and don’t have big gaping holes.
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This foundation, otherwise known as a bed frame, stands out because it has removable legs. So keep it sitting on the ground for younger kids who may roll over and fall out, and add the legs when your children are more comfortable and confident sleeping on their own. It's also stupidly easy to put together and looks elegant and adult.

The storage drawers are a welcome addition to this bed. But we love that it's low to the ground, that it's made from solid pine, and that it can accommodate up to 400 pounds worth of growing kid. Which means it will last for years, as your child grows up. The bed measures 80 x 43 x 37 inches, fits standard mattress sizes, and does not require a box spring.

If you have twins, or kids close in age, this is a solid set. Each bed safely supports 400 pounds. The bed is a space-saver, and won't take up a ton of real estate in kids' rooms. The bunks can easily be separated into two free-standing beds, and they have a reversible ladder with rounded edges and grooved treads for easy climbing. It measures 80 x 43 x 65 inches.

This modern, low-key bed can accommodate up to 400 pounds' worth of kids. It doesn't need a box spring and works with a standard twin mattress. It's made from sustainable pine with a non-toxic finish. Note that because it's a platform bed, it's technically a bit higher off the ground, so it's a better fit for more secure sleepers. The bed's dimensions are 77.3 x 41.1 x 37 inches.

Just when your kid starts asking for sleepovers, this twin bed will be your space-saving solution. This twin bed accommodates standard twin size mattress and does not need a box spring. There's a slat platform included and the dimensions are 80 x 43 x 37 inches. It has a 400 pound weight capacity, and metal on metal structural connections that won't loosen over time.

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