Whether your baby slept in a crib since the day they were born or spent the first year of their life sharing your bed with you, there will come a day when they are ready to transition to a bed of their own. At that point, you have several bed choices. If your crib is a convertible, you can convert it to a daybed or toddler bed for a few more years, you can purchase a toddler bed, or you can jump directly to a single bed that will last your child through their teen years. Most parents opt for a toddler bed or a low single to help ease their child into a bigger bed. However, there are several reasons why you should consider getting your toddler a double or even a queen-sized bed.
It Can Save You Money
A bed is a long-term investment. A quality mattress should last between 8-10 years, and a quality bed frame should last a lifetime. If you opt for a toddler bed, it is likely that your toddler will need to upgrade to a larger bed before their mattress is worn. While you can sell the bed frame, it is not considered hygienic to sell a used mattress. Unless you have a younger child that will use the same mattress, you most likely are not getting the most out of your money with a smaller bed.
Even if you purchase a single, if you plan to get a bigger bed frame when your child is a teenager or adult, you will save money by going bigger with your initial purchase.
It Provides More Room for Sleepovers
While you only need a sleeping surface for your toddler at the moment, it wont be long before that surface might need to accommodate your child's friends or siblings. Even if you have a trundle bed for sleepovers, many friends will opt to sleep next to each other rather than be separated at bedtime. A larger bed ensures that your child and their friends have enough room to sleep safely as they grow.
It Makes a Better Guest Bed
Whether you plan for guests or not, an extra double or queen-sized sleeping surface in your home can help make your overnight guests more comfortable. While your child is small, they can share your bed or camp out in the living room to let adult couples use their bed. After your adult child has moved out, their room will quickly and easily convert to a guest room.
You Will Have Room for Evening Snuggles
Perhaps you like to read to your child before they go to sleep. Maybe they need their back rubbed when they are sick. Whatever the reason, a double or queen-sized bed can allow you to snuggle with your child in their bed, as opposed to allowing them into your bed. This can save you from having to carry a sleeping child back to their bedroom and risk waking them up when you tuck them in.
It's More Like Mom and Dad's Bed
If you are transitioning to a bed for your toddler after sharing a bed with your baby, they may want a bed that is similar to the one they have been sleeping in so far. A double bed looks more like a grown-up bed than a single bed and can help your toddler feel more comfortable.
While the extra space and comfort of a double or queen-sized bed may be worth the cost, it is important that you gauge your child's interest in a big bed. Some toddlers will need to use a toddler bed while others will be fine transitioning directly into a larger bed.
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