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We converted DS's crib to a toddler bed at 17 months because he kept climbing out of the crib. I wanted to wait until later to make the change but since he was climbing out I didn't have much choice. The transition wasn't that bad although most nights he falls asleep in the rocking chair in his room and I have to move him back to his bed.
We just made sure to extra baby-proof his room and took out most of the toys and just left board books and stuffed animals so he wouldn't get too distracted when he was trying to fall asleep. Otherwise he would just stay awake playing all night.
brewcitybride:WAY too early! Why the rush? It's a hard transition for a lot of kids, and after going through it once, my baby is staying in his crib until he's 8 :)
love this :)
We transitioned our son at 17 months because his baby sister was going to need the crib. We started him out on the trundle bed of his big boy bed and then moved him up about 4 months later. I didn't use a toddler bed, we have bed rails on his full sized bed. He loves it.
I do plan to keep my daughter in the crib as long as possible and then convert the crib to a toddler bed when she's ready.