It’s a tough pill to swallow but every mom has to come to terms with the fact that, eventually, your bitty baby will grow up and want out of their crib. But before they hit big kid status, they’ll be hanging out in toddler territory for a few years. When he or she is able to climb out of their crib, you’ll know it’s time to do your research on the best toddler beds on the market.
And while it’s true that toddler beds look a lot like big kid beds — save for the bumpers, guard rails and character themes — maybe hold off on busting out the tissues. Your little one is still little, they just need a bit more freedom. So think of a toddler bed as a crib, only much lower to the ground and with half the barring. Nighttime wigglers will still be kept secure while they sleep, but the open space allows them to climb on and off the furniture all by themselves (so you should probably keep your bedroom door open, just in case they have a nightmare and need a little TLC).
When shopping for a toddler bed, you of course want to keep safety features top of mind, but now that your baby is a little older now and has formed opinions about what they like do and don’t like, character furniture could come into play. Luckily, there are tons of toddler beds on the market that cater to both mom and kid preferences. Here are some of the best toddler beds on Amazon to help narrow down your options.
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1. Dream On Me Toddler Bed
This toddler bed almost looks grown up, save for the safety rails. It sits low to the ground and is built so your little one can climb in and out all on their own. The wooden structure also features side rails to keep wrigglers from rolling off in the middle of the night.
It’s available in seven finishes, such as cherry, espresso and lavender ice, and some bundles on Amazon even come with a mattress (though typically it’s sold separately). It’s a great pick for parents looking to dodge any character-focused furniture because it’s a simple, classic design that can grow with your child into their elementary years.
2. Delta Children Paw Patrol Toddler Bed
If you’re nervous about how your little one will make out transitioning from a crib to a toddler bed, no worries: Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma and Skye will be keeping a close eye on them through the night. This Paw Patrol toddler bed features photos of the gang on the headboard and footboard — a comforting sight for any Nick Jr. fanatic who wakes up in the middle of the night.
The structure includes a steel frame and high-quality plastic construction, and although this toddler bed doesn’t have bumpers, it’s low to the ground and the guardrails on either side of the bed keep your child tucked in.
3. Orbelle Trading Toddler Bed
Made out of wood, this easy-to-assemble toddler bed comes with two safety rails. This bed is designed for your toddler, who has just transitioned out of their crib. It’s also set at a low height, so your kids won’t struggle to climb in or out of bed. It comes in a calm, neutral gray color, which will match most nursery or kids’ bedroom decor.
4. Race Car Toddler Bed
If your child gets a kick out of cars, this is the perfect toddler bed for them. If they haven’t been super excited about the prospect of leaving their cribs for a real bed, this bright blue and red race car will convince them to make the switch. There’s even a bench to store your child’s toys and shoes or it could be another place for them to sit. This bed will take a few hours to assemble.
5. Big Oshi Contemporary Design Toddler & Kids Bed
You can never go wrong with a white toddler bed. It goes with most children’s room decor styles and is built to last. The bed is made out of high-quality pine wood and can hold up to 60 lbs. It has added safety features, like safety rails, and it’s low to the ground. You will have to assemble this bed.
6. Nantucket Toddler Bed
This is a great transition bed after your little one outgrows their crib. This bed is reminiscent of cribs with the guard rails and wainscot-design headboard. The smooth lines and design will be an elegant addition to your child’s bedroom. Plus, it’ll help your child become more independent.