There comes a time when a child is too big for a crib, but not big enough for an adult twin size bed. This is when a toddler bed is the perfect solutiom. These beds are lower to the ground than a regular twin size bed, and often have railings to keep the child from falling out. This way they are safer for a toddler. They usually use a crib size mattress. Children can use these beds up until about age 5 or 6. The following are our top picks for toddler beds in 2016.

10. Orbelle 3-6T Toddler Bed

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This wood-frame bed is a classic desigm It features two side safety rails, so it does not have to be against a wall to keep the child from falling out. The rails come about one-third of the way down the bed. It is made from solid New Zealand Pine, which is a sustainable wood. It is stained with a water-based stain, so there are no fumes or VOCs_ It comes in 5 colors: Dark Cherry, Espresso, White, Natural, and Pink. It is easy to assemble, and comes with all the necessary tools.

9. Delta Children Wood Toddler Bed, Disney/Pixar Cars

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This bed is made to look like Lightning McQueen, the popular character from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars” Your child will be so excited to sleep with his favorite character! The side rails are racecar-shaped, with a decal of the car on them. The side rails on this bed reach almost to the end of the bed for added safety. It meets all JPMA Safety standards. The frame is made of sturdy wood.

8. Dream On Me Classic Toddler Bed

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This bed has quality features at a very good price. It is made of wood and comes in 6 different non-toxic finishes: Blace, Cherry, Espresso, Natural, Pecan, and White. Two slatted side rails so a child cannot roll out of bed. CPSC certified. Has a center leg for added stability. Mattress is supported by wooden slats. The side rails can be removed if safety is not a problem.

7. Delta Children Interactive Wood Toddler Bed – Minnie/Mickey Mouse

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This is probably the safest of any of the beds. The mattress sits down inside the frame so there is absolutely no chance of the child rolling out of bed. It comes in two styles, Minnie (pink) and Mickey (blue), so it is appropriate for either a girl or a boy. It features an interactive clock and day of the week dial on the end of the bed, to help with learning to tell time and learn the days of the week. The sides on this bed reach all the way to the floor, so there is no room for storage underneath.

6. Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed, Disney Frozen

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Girls who are fans of the movie “Frozen” will be so excited to move to this bed! It is decorated with their favorite characters. This bed has a sturdy metal frame with plastic headboard, baseboard, and side rails for easy cleaning. The side rails can be removed for an older child who will not fall out of bed. Lightweight but sturdy, and a very good value.

5. Orbelle Trading Toddler Bed

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If you are looking for a contemporary addition to your toddler’s room, the Orbelle Trading Toddler Bed is a smart, modern optiom The solid wood bed comes standard with two side safety rails to ensure your child doesn’t slip out of the bed. It’s also set at a lower height so your toddler can adjust to their new sleeping arrangement. The bed comes with easy to assemble instructions and also includes all of the tools needed to set it up.

4. Dream On Me Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

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Having a sturdy yet comfortable mattress is essential to providing a great sleeping arrangement for your child. The Dream On Me Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress is a lightweight, hypoallergenic open for your toddler’s crib or bed. The mattress features 80 heat tempered coils for maximum support and has passed all flammability and toxicity tests, so you can rest assured your child is sleeping in a safe environment each night. Spills? The Dream On Me Mattress wipes clean with soap and water, and can be made reversible to reveal a patterned option.

3. Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed

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A good option for lounging around the house, camping or day care – the Regalo My Cot Toddler Bed is completely portable. The fold-and-go bed comes standard with with a steel frame and a canvas bed liner. This options also includes a pink, washable sheet and matching travel case. This bed supports children 75 pounds and under and is suitable for children two and up

2. Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed

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If your child is a fan of the beloved children’s cartoon character Thomas the Tank Engine, this bed would be a perfect addition to their room. This plastic bed includes extra storage built into the frame and fits most standard toddler mattresses. The frame is shaped with a three dimensional face and train decals to make your child’s imagination go wild. This toddler bed is 22 pounds and suitable for children two and up.

1. Delta Children Spiderman Toddler Bed

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The Delta Children Spiderman Toddler Bed is a plastic bed frame with scenes depicting the comic book hero. Two attached guardrails ensure your child will not fall out of the bed, and the frame snugly fits most toddler sized mattresses. The frame is a mix of steel and plastic, and it’s sturdy enough to support children 50 pounds and under. The Delta Children Spiderman Toddler Bed is JPMA certified and meets safety standards outlined by the CPSC and ASTM.

Conclusion

It’s an exciting time when your child is finally ready to make the transition from co-sleeping or a crib. It’s a milestone that comes in every toddler’s life, and while there may be slight trepidation from your little one, soon their room will become a reflection of thier personality. You want their first toddler bed to be a safe, reliable and pleasant addition to their room. Whether you’re looking for something that caters to their imagination or favorite storybook character, or a chic and modern piece for the nursery, there are plenty of great options on our list.