A little secret about toddler beds that does not seem immediately self-evident is that most crib mattresses are actually the same size as toddler mattresses. In other words, crib mattresses and toddler mattresses are one and the same. The real difference lies in the sheeting and the fact that a crib is enclosed and a toddler bed is not.
Babies don’t sleep with top sheets, blankets or pillows since it is considered unsafe. Toddlers, however, can use pillows, blankets and a nice warm comforter. The size of the actual mattress, however, stays the same. This means that most cribs can be converted for toddlers and can be used for several years.
All of the cribs that I looked at when making the purchase claimed to be “convertible”. A convertible crib simply means that the movable rail can be detached and the mattress lowered – enabling a toddler to move in and out of his new “big kid” bed on his own. Each crib has a unique way of making the conversion, but the fundamentals remains the same. Check your crib manufacturer for specifics on crib to toddler bed conversion.
So when babies become toddlers and make the transition to a “toddler bed”, it is time to trade in the bumper for a pillow and add top sheets and comforters to their fitted crib, er, toddler sheet.
Here are some of our newest Toddler Bed Sets: