Have you noticed your little one is not so little anymore? Is he outgrowing his crib — or even looking a little scrunched in his current bed? It might be time to upgrade to a big kid bed. The transition can seem daunting for both parents and little ones, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, making a new bed an exciting milestone could actually make it easier to put your child to bed and keep them sleeping there the whole night through. (Hey, dare to dream!)
When shopping for a kid’s bed, the first concern is safety. Look for options that are low to the ground so little ones can easily climb in and out on their own. The bed should also either come with side rails or allow easy installation of add-on safety rails. Finally, check any weight restrictions on the bed to ensure it can accommodate your growing child.
Now, the fun part: Choose a style! Kid beds are available in an enormous variety of designs. You can choose a classic style to match a decor theme in your home or give your child a fun “just-her-style” place to slumber. Kids’ beds can feature everything from elegant wood finishes or colorful characters. Check out the adorable kid bed options below to find just the right one for your child.
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1. Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed
The Dream On Me Classic Toddler Bed is designed especially for toddlers as they transition from a crib to a bed. It features two side safety rails, sits low to the floor for ease in getting in and out of bed, and is reinforced for stability with a center leg. With gently arched head- and foot-boards and smoothly curving rails and beams, its classic design works well in a variety of decor styles. It’s also available in seven wood and painted finishes. Weighing just over 16 pounds and constructed with solid wood, the Classic Toddler Bed can accommodate a little one of up to 50 pounds. Additional guard rails and mattress are sold separately.
2. Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed
The Storkcraft Caribou twin bunk bed is made from solid rubberwood and composites to create a sturdy and durable piece of furniture parents can feel confident in. Other safety features include unique fastening systems, a sturdy four-step ladder and full length guardrails. This bunk bed can also be configured into two separate twin beds for versatility. Available in multiple non-toxic finishes, this stylish bunk bed fits standard sized twin mattresses (sold separately) and includes a full-size slat roll mattress support.
3. Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed
Featuring characters from Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Cars, Spider-Man and more, this toddler bed by Delta Children may make your little one actually want to go to bed! The sturdy steel-frame and high-quality plastic bed is designed with attached guardrails and a low height that makes it easy to climb in and out of. Recommended for toddlers age 15 months and up, it holds up to 50 pounds and uses a standard crib mattress (sold separately).
4. DHP Metal Canopy Bed
The DHP Canopy Metal Bed, available in pink, gold, pewter and white, is perfect for a little prince or princess. The sturdy metal frame has an embellished heart scroll design on both the headboard and footboard, and the four canopy posts are topped with round finials. Designed to fit a standard twin mattress, this bed includes metal slats that eliminate the need for a box spring.
5. Big Oshi Contemporary Wood Frame Toddler & Kids Bed
Built of solid pine wood, this attractive toddler and kid bed comes with two side safety rails and has a low-to-ground design for easy in and out for little legs. It’s available in non-toxic, phthalate-free natural wood finishes as well as white. Packaged with all the necessary tools for easy DIY assembly, this bed is recommended for weights from 35 to 60 pounds.