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Toddler & Kids’ Beds - Is There a Difference?

Moving your child from a crib into a “big kid bed” can seem like a huge step. Your child is no longer a baby and can successfully make the switch to a larger bed that fits their size and needs. At this stage most parents debate between choosing a toddler size bed or a twin bed for a toddler. At 5 Little Monkeys, we want to help families choose the best kids mattress for their child and ensure their sleeping needs are met appropriately.

What is a Toddler Bed?

What is a Toddler BedWhen choosing between a toddler bed with a mattress and a regular twin bed for a toddler, parents are often confused about the difference and which is better for their child. Thankfully, 5 Little Monkeys is here to help!

A toddler bed is a small bed, specifically designed for toddlers. It is used as an in-between bed, transitioning from a crib to a twin bed. The majority of toddler beds are about 50” to 60” long. Most toddlers will use this smaller bed for a few years, but will eventually outgrow it and need to move into a twin bed.

Parents normally choose to use a toddler bed because of space issues. After all, toddler beds are smaller in size and can fit in smaller spaces if you have more than one child in a room or want more room for toys and playtime. Additionally, some cribs can convert into a toddler bed, by simply taking off the sides of the crib.

The Case to Choose the Twin Bed

If your child does not currently have a crib that will convert into a toddler bed, our sleep experts argue that your child should transition directly into an 80” long twin bed instead of a toddler bed. First, by having only one bed transition, your child can feel comfortable and at ease in their room. Sometimes, multiple changes in a short span of time can be hard on a young child. Second, transitioning directly into a twin bed will save you money. Toddler beds with mattresses can be expensive, especially considering the fact that your child will need a new bed in a few years because they will outgrow their toddler bed. Twin beds are completely safe and comfortable for your toddler’s sleep.

Shop Our Kids Mattress & Sleep System Today!

The 5 Little Monkeys’ sleep system has been specifically designed for children and their sleep needs, that’s why it's considered one of the best kids mattresses on the market! For questions or concerns about our twin beds for toddlers, please contact 5 Little Monkeys. We look forward to hearing from you soon!