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January 2, 2018

Guide to Choosing a Toddler Bed

If it’s time to move your baby into a “big girl’s bed” but she’s hardly a “big girl,” a toddler bed is the way to go. These pint-size beds are perfect for small children. They’re a great transitional bed between the crib and a twin or full-sized bed. Toddler beds are designed to sit close to the floor so it’s easy for short legs to climb in and out of them. Many toddler beds come equipped with built-in side rails for added safety.

Styles

Imagine any style bed, from an elegant metal one with a tall headboard and decorative spindles, to a traditional sleigh bed and chances are there is a mini-version. Toddler beds are available in a variety of styles and finishes. Most are manufactured of metal, wood or plastic. The best toddler beds feature favorite cartoon or storybook characters to reflect your child’s interests.

Features

Although most toddler beds are basically the same, there are some important features to look for and consider before buying one. Does the bed have built-in side rails? Many beds do offer this safety feature, while others require an additional side rail purchase. Look for beds that are certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. The JPMA evaluates children’s products for safety.

Does the bed come with coordinating bedroom furniture? An entire matching bedroom ensemble takes the guesswork out of decorating. Shelves, toy boxes and chests are great storage solutions.

It’s also important to consider a bed’s material. Beds made of plastic are sturdy and easy to clean up. Many metal toddler beds are heirloom quality and make a nice childhood keepsake. Many wooden beds are available in an unfinished state making it easy to stain or paint them to match any décor.

Don’t let your little one grow up too fast. A toddler bed is the perfect way of keeping her small while also instilling in her plenty of “big girl” confidence.

Best Bunk Beds for Toddlers

Finding room for overnight guests can be stressful. Spare bedrooms aren’t an option in every home. A bunk bed is the perfect way to efficiently utilize space and create enough room for everyone. A bunk bed is great for siblings and for sleepovers. They’re a practical way to solve the problem of overcrowded bedrooms and guests sleeping on the floor. They come in several innovative styles including the following: loft, stackable, futon and twin over full.

Lofts

loft kids bedsA loft bunk bed is a great space saver. The bed is up high like the top bunk of a traditional bunk bed. The difference is in the use of space below the bed. They come with a variety of options. Some loft bunk beds are all-in-one furniture pieces with features like a chest of drawers, shelves, desk, couch, and even a lower bunk bed.

Stackable

stackable kids bedsThis versatile option allows the bed to be stacked on top of each other or to be used separately. A stackable bunk bed makes it easy to change the look of a bedroom or to move a sibling into his or her own room.

Futon

futon kids bedFuton bunk beds feature a twin bed on top and a futon on the bottom. The futon can be used as a sofa during the day and as a bed at night. They are great for college dormitories, teen rooms or small apartments.

Twin over Full

twin over full kids bedPlenty of room for three, the twin over full option is perfect for overnight guests. Your child gets the bunk bed he’s always wanted and you always have a place for visitors to sleep! When not in use, the extra bed is great for storing stuffed animals and extra blankets.

Practical and convenient, bunk beds are the perfect solution for limited sleeping space. They’re fun for kids and a great way to add a little extra room for overnight guests.

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