Posted in Safety, Sleep, Toddlers

Toddler Bed Transition

Hi - were about to transition our son, 18 months old, to a toddler bed. We were considering two different rail options - the $100 wood rail that goes with the convertible crib and looks nice OR the $30 rail that is compatible with any crib and doesn’t look as nice. How long do toddlers actually use the rail? Do we really need to get the nice looking rail? Also, any tips for transitioning to the toddler bed?? Thanks!!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10, 2018

    Is there a reason why you are transitioning? My only recommendation is to keep him in the crib as long as possible..

  • Jaching
    Dec 10, 2018

    Our kid is 3 and still needs the rail. We used the nice wood one that came with our crib. He will go to a twin bed soon and will still need some sort of rail.

  • Heather
    Dec 10, 2018

    You could also use a pool noodle under the fitted sheet. Large ones are only $5.

  • Brea
    Dec 10, 2018

    My kid is 3, doesn’t use any rail. I put soft cushions on the floor in case she falls. She’s already out grown her toddler bed. We will have to change to twin size soon.

  • Joanna
    Dec 10, 2018

    We tried one of the Regalo rails that is supposed to be compatible with any crib and could not install it properly. We ended up buying the rail that matches, but then he ended up using a mattress on the floor. Highly recommend the mattress on the floor.

  • Jaki
    Dec 10, 2018

    We bought a bed bumper (like the pool noodle idea) and that worked really well for my oldest when we converted. My 2nd child (now 3 ) had a half rail that came with our grow with me crib but he prefers to sleep in it the opposite way (with his head at the open area) Honestly, I don't think we needed either one. Toddler beds are really low to the ground. If there is no bedside table or toys, even if they fall, there's a very low chance of's just a little scary for them.

  • Kait
    Dec 10, 2018

    My 3 yo didn’t need it after the first week or so. He’s been in a twin size since age 2. He was in the toddler bed from 18 months-2 yo

  • Erika
    Dec 10, 2018

    Im surprised at these answers honestly. We have a convertible crib/toddler bed and when my son was 18 months we took the entire side off. No rail at all. He did amazing and never fell out or anything. He'll be 2 this month and we're about to transfer him to a twin size mattress soon.

  • Emily
    Dec 10, 2018

    Thank you mommas! This is so helpful! We are wanting to transition because my son is starting a toddler program at a preschool in January where the kids have to sleep on cots for nap time so I want to get him ready for that. Unless anyone thinks I don’t need to worry about this and just let him continue to sleep in the crib at home?