We currently have 2 daughters and another on the way and we aren't sure if we should purchase a convertible crib or a bed for our youngest. She will be 13 months when the next baby is born.

We were considering a day bed and just facing the open side to the wall... but she may be able to climb and fall out of this very soon since the sides are lower then a crib. I could turn it around and put a rail on as soon as she could do that. Her older sister (2 years old) is in a twin bed with a rail so we could do that as well so if she wanted to climb out of bed she wouldn't have to fall and she wouldn't fall out when sleeping.

The other choice is to buy another crib that transitions to a daybed/toddler bed. But I don't want to buy another crib since this will be our last baby and we transitioned our oldest around 18 months.

Budget is an issue and we would prefer not to have to buy more beds then needed. Which would be the better option?

asked 25 Jan '11, 18:02

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How about a twin mattress on the floor for the youngest? Little risk even if she does fall/roll out, and you can buy the twin bed for it when she's ready.


answered 25 Jan '11, 21:10

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was going to say the same thing. we transitioned my toddler out of the crib early because he just didn't like it, so we removed the box spring/frame for the queen size guest bed, and he loves it.

(26 Jan '11, 18:10) Anne

Would be a good idea. I just don't think it would work for us since she likes to curl up in the corner to sleep. I can't imagine her staying on it long enough to fall asleep.

(27 Jan '11, 00:44) nikjoyce

I imagine she would have the same problem with a normal bed as well, a lot of twin beds have a good size gap between the mattress and wall even when the frame is pushed right up to the wall. Another option may be to get a toddler bed or similar off local craigslist or other classifieds services... it would be the right size for her age, and you could likely re-sell it when you're done on the same service. That may help with the sleeping issues AND the budget issues.

(27 Jan '11, 20:14) Melanie

It's probably not an option for you now, but we bought 3-way convertible cribs for both our sons. They convert from crib to toddler/daybed, and then later to a single bed. It cost us a little more up front, but it's the only bed they'll ever need, and the only future expense we'll have will be a mattress and box spring once they outgrow the toddler bed.


answered 27 Jan '11, 12:05

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