Not every parent knows when to transition their child from a crib to a bed or even their adolescent child from a twin to a queen or full size. In many cases, these transitions are going to be determined by how old they are, their personal preferences, and when it
is simply time to buy a new mattress. Some toddlers want a "big kid bed," while some teens are happy with a twin. Your local mattress store will have a variety of options from which you can choose.
That first transition you will likely have to consider for your child is moving from a crib to a toddler bed. This is an important step for many kids. From simple hardwoods to fun, kid-friendly designs including trains or cars, there are many styles of toddler beds available. Generally, you're going to want to look for a style that is low to the ground. These styles are appropriate for 2-year-olds to 3-year-olds. Because this is such a short period for which to to consider investing in a bed, you may decide to invest in a twin bed instead, as this will last longer into your child's life. Platform beds are also great options because they are low to the ground.
If you're looking for a solution that works long-term, twin beds are the ideal size. Generally, a quality mattress will last from 7 to 10 years. So, when you invest in a twin mattress at age three, you likely won't need to purchase a new mattress until your child becomes a teenager. While a twin is an appropriate choice for a teenager, many prefer a full size mattress or a queen. It's important to remember that you are making another 7 to 10 year investment, and it's likely that this mattress will last your child through their college years.
While the decision may be part financial, part preference, it will be important to make sure that you are buying a mattress that caters to the comfort of your child. Don't be afraid to bring your toddler into a mattress store and have them try out the beds. Ask your teenager to choose the kind of comfort and size that works best for them. Then, you can be sure that no matter what age they are, they're getting the restful sleep that they need!