Here Are the Best Toddler Beds to Transition From a Crib

Our top pick is the Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed

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Transitioning a toddler from a crib to a bed can be exciting and exhausting. We've spent hours searching for the perfect beds for little sleepers, evaluating ease of assembly, comfort, durability, and value. 

Our top pick is the Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed. This sturdy, low-frame cot can be used with a crib mattress and is available in a dozen different color options.

Here are the best toddler beds available now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed

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Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed

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The best toddler bed is one that seamlessly transitions the room from a nursery to little-kid space. A versatile style that works with your existing decor will be your best bet.

Painted wood is a durable, easy-clean material that can hold up to a rambunctious toddler. The Dream On Me Classic Toddler Bed comes in 10 color options, so it’s easy to fit your nursery decor or choose your child’s favorite color!

The styling on this bed is a simple, transitional style. The semi-enclosed rails and head and footboard mimic crib rails, so your child will feel comfortable in a bed that resembles their former crib. The style ensures that it will work just as well mixed ​in with more ornate traditional American furniture as it would with an eclectic, modern nursery design.

Best Budget: Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed

Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed

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If you know you’re only going to use a toddler bed for a few years, you might not want to invest much money in it—and that’s totally fine! All toddler beds sold in the U.S. are subject to the same safety regulations. You can rest assured your child will be just as safe in a less-expensive bed than a splurge-y one.

You just might get the biggest bang for your buck from a bed decorated in your child’s favorite characters! This is especially true for a child who’s having trouble with the idea of giving up his crib. A bed that has a few friendly faces from his favorite shows might be enough incentive to try the big-kid bed—and hopefully, stay in it!

The Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed fits all those needs. It's very affordable and is available in 26 colorful styles. Whether you have a Disney Princess lover or a Ninja Turtles fan, you're sure to find the perfect bed for your little one.

Best With All-Around Rails: Dream On Me 3-in-1 Emma Convertible Bed

Dream On Me Emma 3-in-1 Convertible Toddler Bed

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All toddler beds have some kind of mechanism for keeping kids in place. A child who is resisting the transition bed might be most comfortable in a bed that’s as similar as possible to a little-kid crib. In that case, look for a bed with rails that encompass most of the bed to make kids feel cozy and safe. Your child will still be able to get out easily whenever needed.

This bed from Dream On Me comes in nine colors and includes those safety rails. When your child grows out of it, you can convert it to two chairs and a table. For the price, it's hard to beat the investment in a piece of furniture that can last well past their toddler years.

Best for Twins: Delta Children Abby Toddler Bed

Delta Children Abby Toddler Bed

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If you’re upgrading twins from cribs to toddler beds, you’re probably on the lookout for space-saving options. Unfortunately, at this age, your children are too young for bunk beds (you’ll have to wait until they’re at least five for those).

Until you can get two beds in the space for one, look for a streamlined pair of beds. Two Delta Children Abby Toddler Beds can be tucked up against each other if your twins like to sleep together. They can also be separated without losing too much floor space if your twins tend to keep each other up.

This classic bed has minimal rails, no footboard, and no flourishes to take up extra space. It allows both children to be comfortable in the most compact way.

Best With Storage: Dream On Me Toddler Day Bed

Dream On Me Toddler Day Bed

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If your child’s room is tight on space, look for a toddler bed that integrates storage for linens, clothes, or toys. The easiest place to create this storage is under the bed. Luckily, some manufacturers have put a large drawer there so you can pull out to access the storage. You can also find toddler beds with bookshelves or cube storage built into the foot of the bed.

The Dream On Me Toddler Day Bed includes one large drawer the full length of the bed. It's divided into two halves to keep things organized.

The daybed-style bed comes in five classic furniture colors. It might also be a good option for kids who are nervous about the new bed because the rails on three sides can make them feel enclosed and safe.

What To Look for in Toddler Beds

Style

Some beds are classic, like the Dream On Me Classic (option #1), or the Dream On Me 3-1 Emma Convertible bed (option #3), which both resemble cribs. Others, like the Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed (option #4) resemble more of a 'big kid' bed but are plastic which may or may not be as durable.

Size & Durability

It's a good idea to consider a bed that's more versatile and long-lasting. Children grow quickly, so a bigger size bed is a must. Beds like the Dream On Me Toddler Day bed (option #6), for example, offer storage built-in underneath to make life just a little easier.

Most beds are made with wood, but some beds, like the Delta bed (option #2), are plastic, which may be preferred if you don't want to invest a ton of money on a temporary sleeping solution.

Ease of Assembly

Toddler beds are relatively small, but depending on which model you purchase, some may be easier to set up than others. A plastic bed, for example, may not be foldable and/or able to break down. A wood bed, on the other hand, may have removable rails that can make for easy assembly.

FAQ
  • What age are toddler beds for?

    There's no set age for toddler beds, but most parents transition anywhere between 15 months (which is recommended by toddler bed companies) to 3-4 years. This timeframe will change based on your child's development and/or independence. It can also change based on your child's resistance to the crib (or ability to climb out).


    Some beds, like the Dream On Me collection, offer a variety of toddler beds that resemble cribs (with some rails or full rails for added protection and comfort). Something like this can help make the transition seem like less of a shift.

  • How much are toddler beds?

    Prices vary, of course, but the cheapest on this list is the Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed, which typically runs about $60. The most expensive is the Dream On Me Toddler Day bed at $217 that includes built-in storage.


    In general, toddler beds can range in price from $50 (on the cheaper end) to $250+ (for something more high-end).

  • Where can you buy toddler beds?

    You can find toddler beds in stores, online through big and small retailers, or from small, local shops.

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