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Toddler Beds

Making the switch from a crib to a toddler bed is an exciting time for children and parents. Children may enjoy the freedom of toddler beds because they are able to rise and lay in their beds without the assistance of their parents. Toddler beds are available in a variety of styles to suit all children. Some cribs convert into beds, which benefits parents because they do not have to purchase a new bed or mattress. Additionally, some toddler beds are in the shape of a race car, which is perfect for little boys. Although these beds signify that toddlers are no longer babies, parents should take the following precautions to ensure their child's safety as they sleep in their first real bed.

Parents should not place their children in a toddler bed before they are ready. It is recommended that children under the age of two remain in cribs. Children this age have a tendency to wander. Thus, they may climb out of their beds in the middle of the night. Additionally, parents may decide to keep their child over the age of two in a crib until they reach a certain maturity level. Parents should select a sturdy bed. Children enjoy rough horseplay and jumping on the bed. Flimsy or cheap beds may easily collapse.

Another tip to ensure a child's safety when sleeping in a toddler bed is installing guardrails. This prevents children from falling or rolling out of the bed while asleep. Selecting a bed that is low to the ground will prevent serious injury in the event that a child does roll out of the bed. Some parents prefer to place the toddler bed with the sides against the wall to prevent falling. However, it would be safer to position the bed with the headboard against the wall. This way, if the toddler accidentally rolls out of bed, they will not become trapped between the bed and wall.

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