It is the first big step towards independence: a cot. If you have ever had a toddler, you know the sheer joy toddlers experience when they get their new, large cot. It’s a big step for both of you, and it usually comes with some ups and downs. Now imagine that two times! We can’t wait to share with you when to switch to cribs, the best crib for twins and how to set them up, and finally, take a look at our top five bed recommendations.
When should I switch to a toddler bed?
Switching to a crib is a big deal. Not only is it a sign that your baby is growing, it also gives him the opportunity to get up at any time (a scary thought for some of us with adventurous children). But how do you know if your baby is ready? Here are some clear signs to help you determine if you are ready to get out of the crib.
- You climb over the crib side to get out on your own. This is the greatest sign.
- They are potty trained and upset that they cannot get out of the crib to go to the bathroom.
- They ask for a big bed.
- They no longer fit comfortably in the cot.
Most toddlers switch to cots between the ages of 18 months and 3 years.
Twinning wins: the best beds and furnishings
Gemini are such a blessing and really a great 2 for 1 deal. The best thing about twins is that your kids automatically have a best friend. Because twins are so close together, most parents share a room for as long as possible. This can create some stress as it can be difficult to fit two beds in one room. Let’s take a look at the best beds and facilities for twins sharing a room.
Standard toddler bed: With the purchase of 2 you can easily turn a classic toddler bed into a toddler bed for twins! You can place them next to each other on an anchor wall or opposite each other. If you like a classic dorm look, this might be the option to choose. It also results in single beds as your toddlers grow.
Floor bed: These beds sit on the floor and are great options for active sleepers. They allow your little ones to get on and off easily. These beds can also stand next to one another on an anchor wall or opposite one another.
L-shaped bed: We love the L-shaped bed set-up because it uses the corner of a room and saves space!
Pull-out bed: If you really want to save space, a pull-out bed is a great option. So you can pull out a second bed from under the upper bed at night and put it away during the day.
Twin-size day bed: If you have the space, single beds are great cots, and then you don’t have to worry about choosing the next size as your toddler is already in a twin. However, you will likely want to invest in a guardrail to keep your little one from falling out of bed!
We didn’t include bunk beds because toddlers aren’t quite ready but would be a great option when they are 5-7 years old.
The best cot for twins – our top 5 tips!
Whichever facility you choose, these are our five most popular children’s beds.
1. Dream On Me Classic design toddler bed
We love that it’s simple and comes in so many colors. In fact, the wooden frame is available in 12 different colors! It is also built low to the ground and has safety rails on the sides.
Price: $ 75
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Overall dimensions: 57H x 28w x 30L
Recommended weight limit of 50 lbs
Negatives: Requires power tools to assemble; low weight limit of 50 lbs.
2. Karla Dubois platform bed for toddlers
Our popular modern design, this bed is too cute to pass up! It has soft velvet upholstery that surrounds contemporary molded panels for premium style and security. It is available in four colors so they go perfectly with your decor.
Price: $ 329.99
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Overall dimensions: 30H x 31.5W x 57.25L
Recommended weight limit up to 250 lbs
Cons: It weighs 68 pounds assembled and is expensive for a cot.
3. South Shore Sweedi Natural Popular Twin House Bed
Do you love the outdoor adventure look? Or maybe you have a garden-themed nursery? This is the perfect crib replacement! It is available in white, beige, black and pink. The open concept allows creativity to decorate with any special work of art or to make a statement without hiding existing decor. You can put the mattress directly on the floor or set up a bed over a box spring mattress.
Price: $ 225
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall dimensions: 71H x 44W x 80L
No weight limit as the mattress rests on the floor and is heavy when assembled
Cons: While super cute, you really only have one mattress on the floor and you may be able to recreate the look yourself.
4. Hillsdale Pulse Wood L-shaped bed
Do you want to save space but also be stylish? This L-shaped bed is the bed for your twins! It is designed for maximum comfort, but keeps the space-saving idea in mind. This bed is available in white or chocolate.
Price: $ 825
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Overall dimensions: 31H x 41W x 122L
Recommended weight limit up to 250 lbs
Cons: This bed can only be placed in one corner.
5. NE Kids Caspain Daybed with Trundle
We like this twin trundle a lot because it’s a perfect space saver and still keeps a stylish look! It is a traditional and simple wooden slatted-style double bed with an easily pull-out double pull-out bed. The wooden frame is available in gray, black and white.
Price: $ 319
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Overall dimensions: 30H x 79.5W x 41.75L
Recommended weight limit of 250 lbs
Cons: It’s a little difficult to assemble.
Moving from a crib to a crib is a big step in your children’s lives. We hope you find one of our recommended beds that is a perfect fit for you!
frequently asked Questions
Can a toddler sleep in a double bed?
A toddler can sleep in a double bed. Just make sure there is a railing or that the bed is close to the floor.
Is a double bed wider than a cot?
The double bed is longer and wider than a cot.
At what age do you go from cot to double bed?
Your child will likely switch from a toddler bed to a single bed by around 4 years of age.
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