A convertible toddler bed grows with your child.

Toddler Beds That Convert to Full Size

by Michelle Stein

Although it may officially mark the end of babyhood, switching your child from a crib to a toddler bed also marks the beginning of your child's journey to becoming a "big boy." To forgo another purchase down the road, many parents choose to buy toddler beds that convert into full-size beds. As your child continues to grow seemingly right before your eyes, the extra space might be needed sooner rather than later.

1. It Saves Money

Children grow quickly, so thinking a few years into the future can help save money in the long run. Instead of dropping a great deal of cash for a toddler bed and then dropping more for a larger bed a couple of years later, select a 2-in-1 design. It can be a smart financial decision.

2. It Saves Space

Purchasing a toddler bed that converts to a full-size bed can also save valuable storage space, especially if parents are already in the process of hoarding baby gear for future children. Finding extra space to store a crib when your toddler outgrows it can be challenging enough, let alone finding room for a crib and a toddler bed when your child is ready for a full-size bed.

3. Easier Transitions

The bed will already be a familiar, cozy haven when your child outgrows the toddler size. This familiarity should have less effect on his bedtime routine -- fingers crossed! -- helping to eliminate major changes that can inhibit a child's ability to sleep soundly. Anytime your toddler's sleep routine is thrown out of whack, he will likely resist the change and have a difficult time adjusting, according to the website Zero To Three.

4. Easier For You

Sleeping in a "big girl" bed that is somewhat familiar not only makes the transition easier on your child, but consequently, easier on you. A child sleeping through the night translates to more sleep for mom and dad. And a family who is well-rested is more likely to have a smoother, less stressful day ahead.

About the Author

Michelle Stein is the editor of a weekly newspaper in Ohio. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism.

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