Best Toddler Beds to Keep Your Tot Sleeping Safe and Sound

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
Moms and dads! Are you looking for the best bed for your toddler? Do you want him or her to feel comfortable and sleep well? We bet you do! So, look through our review and choose the best model for rest and entertainment. ...Read more ...Read less
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FRAME MATERIAL
AGE
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PROS
The little step at the foot of the boys bed helps little ones get in and out of the car. And it can be used as a shelf for stuffed animals!
CONS
The red shelf headboard has sharp corners.
OUR VERDICT
It is a must-have bed for every car fanatic. Your son will be extremely thrilled as soon as he gets this super-realistic race car bed. Let's have a ride!
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DESIGN
Colorful Race Car bed
FRAME MATERIAL
Wood and MDF
AGE
15 months+
SAFETY
Bed rails, Low to the floor, CPSC and ASTM Certified
MAXIMUM WEIGHT
~ 50 lbs
SIZE
71" x 29.75" x 18.25"
PROS

This cute small bed is perfect for very active children as it is low to the ground. Children will fall for its wonderful graphics while their parents will love the fact it's so easy to assemble.

CONS
A toddler might bump into the sides.
OUR VERDICT
The best bed for toddlers! Side rails ensure total safety and the top wood all around is curved in order to prevent booboos. So, no worries about any accidents.
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DESIGN
Colorful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bed
FRAME MATERIAL
Wood
AGE
15 months+
SAFETY
High side rails, Low to the floor, CPSC and ASTM Certified
MAXIMUM WEIGHT
~ 50 lbs
SIZE
54.5" x 29.9" x 18.9"
PROS
The frame of this inexpensive toddler bed is made of quality wood. The bed comes with all the tools required for easy assembly.
CONS
The maximum load is slightly smaller to the other beds in the review.
OUR VERDICT
This classic bed in 5 different non-toxic finishes will definitely suit any interior. If you are looking for something simple, elegant, and cozy, don't look further!
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DESIGN
Deep cherry classic bed
FRAME MATERIAL
Wood
AGE
18 months+
SAFETY
Two side safety rails, Low to the floor, CPSC and ASTM Certified
MAXIMUM WEIGHT
~45 lbs
SIZE
57" x 30" x 28"
PROS

It is one of the best princess toddler beds, designed to keep the magic alive. Following the instructions, every mommy or daddy will be able to put this bed together.

CONS
The base is of stretched fabric, so no jumping.
OUR VERDICT

Moms and dads! If your kid is obsessed with Frozen, she will absolutely love this one of Disney beds. Be sure - Anna and Elsa will help make the transition to a toddler bed so easy!

detailed parameters
DESIGN
Bright purple/pink Disney Frozen bed
FRAME MATERIAL
Steel and plastic
AGE
15 months+
SAFETY
Two side safety rails, Low to the floor, CPSC and ASTM Certified
MAXIMUM WEIGHT
~50 lbs
SIZE
56.25" x 30.25" x 26.25"
PROS
Just like a real car, it features working LED headlights that can be used for playing or as a nightlight. This bed for boys is fitted with a built-in race track for more fun.
CONS
It is a bit bulky.
OUR VERDICT

This extremely realistic Corvette Z06 bed will surely become the best place for fun and for rest. It's also very versatile and can accommodate both a toddler (crib) and twin mattress.

detailed parameters
DESIGN
Bright red Corvette sports car bed
FRAME MATERIAL
BPA-free plastic
AGE
2 years +
SAFETY
Two side safety rails, Rounded corners, CPSC and ASTM Certified
MAXIMUM WEIGHT
For toddler mattress: 50lbs For twin mattress: 200 lbs
SIZE
97" x 50" x 24"

What is a Toddler Bed

If your little kid is just about to grow out of a crib, this review is what you need. Most parents often face the problem of transition from a crib to a big kid bed (twin bed). As compared to twin beds, beds for toddlers are more functional, more colorful, and safer. Now toddlers have an opportunity to fall asleep on their favorite racer cars or in beds with their favorite characters from fairy tales or cartoons. A brightly decorated nursery with an exclusive bed is the best and the safest place for rest, games, and comfortable sleep. Hence, we have picked 5 most beautiful and reliable toddler beds for your careful review.

We would like to stress that all toddler beds come without pillows, sheets, and mattresses. But you can choose a quality mattress from our other review on the crib mattresses.

Best Toddler Beds

What Features to Compare

Design

The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing a toddler bed is its design. Here you should note its style and the material it is made of. The bed should be sturdy, reliable, and of course, eco-friendly. That's why one of the best materials for such beds is a solid wood. It is highly durable and breathable. Naturally, some parts like screws are usually made of stainless steel. And they must be well fixed and hidden in order to prevent any injuries. Beds manufactured from plastic should also be eco-friendly and BPA-free. And looking for a bed for your todler, always consider the sex of your child. Of course, there are exceptions, but usually, a car bed is much more interesting for a boy who'd like to feel a real racer while something designed in soft, soothing colors better suits a girl's room. At the same time, a fun colorful artwork with characters from kid's favorite cartoons is suitable for girls and boys alike.

Safety

The next important feature is safety. First of all, a toddler bed must be stable and it is a great advantage if the bed has an additional leg (in the middle). If your child is just learning to walk, it is vitally important for a bed to have high side rails around the perimeter. They will protect your baby during sleep, preventing any falls. For older children (2 years+) the rails should be on both sides. The low-to-floor beds will help your child easily get in and out. Consider some small details like rounded corners. They protect kids from accidental tripping into furniture and possible injuries. And, finally, the bed must meet all quality standards and be environment-friendly. Therefore, always ask for a health certificate.

Mattress Compatibility

If you want to get a bed with a mattress included, we would like to emphasize that most toddler beds come without one. So, we would like to draw your attention to the bed size and its compatibility with different mattresses. Choose a bed with a nursery size in mind. The bed should not be too bulky in a small room as a child needs enough space to camper and entertain. All beds are compatible with a standard-sized crib mattress. In the United States and Canada, the standard mattress size is 27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53". We would like to point out that some beds can also be compatible with a twin bed mattress measured at 38" x 75".

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KidKraft Race Car

For Real Racers

This is a new toddler bed by KidKraft products, designed in the style of a racing car. Such a large and beautiful bed for children will definitely become a pleasant and comfortable novelty. All our customers claim that their children adore this car bed as they can play real racing. The bed is made of wood and MDF. These materials are non-toxic and completely safe. There is a convenient step at the bottom of the bed. This front "bumper" not only helps kids get in and out but also serves as a shelf for cars and other toys. It goes without saying that this racer bed is mostly suitable for a boy's room. It is recommended for use for 15-months+ children.

The bed is made with safety in mind! First of all, it is very low to the ground, which means that it will prevent injuries in case of accidental falls. Furthermore, the extra step will be very useful for children who have just started walking. The bed has two safety side rails with rounded corners. Note that these side rails abut against the floor so that your child doesn't get under the bed. CPSC and ASTM quality certificates prove that this product has been tested for reliability and security, and will not cause any harm to your baby.

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Simple Assembly

KidKraft Race Car Bed comes with already pre-assembled pieces and you basically only have to put all 4 sides, the front and back in place. As you have already understood, the bed is very easy to set up, and once fully assembled, it has dimensions of 71" x 29.75" x 18.25". Like all previous toddler beds, this model does not include the mattress and bedding. The mattress can be purchased separately, just read our Crib Mattress review. This toddler bed is compatible with standard mattresses that have dimensions of 27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53". Don't hesitate any longer, just let your child drive off to the dreamland!

KidKraft Race Car Toddler Bed in the use

Additional Space for Games

Most toddlers are extremely energetic, and it may be pretty tricky to soothe them to sleep, especially after active games. And what's the best way to calm your child down? Reading is one of the ways.

This is the best model for young book lovers. The bed rails can withstand both your and your kid's weight, serving as a comfortable bench with a backrest. You can place your child's favorite books on the step where you can easily grab them and read your little one to sleep. And discussing the tales is a wonderful way to bond over characters and stories. Or you can put the kid's most loved toys there for him/her to clutch and play with when restless.

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Wonderful Gift Idea

If your kid really loves cartoons like Disney's "Cars", he/she will be super-happy to own a car toy. 

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Delta Wood Ninja Turtles

Surrounded by Favorite Heroes

Cowabunga! This very bed is themed on the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons and comics. So be sure, no child can resist this colorful boys bed. Falling asleep surrounded by favorite characters of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo will be much more fun. We would like to draw your attention that this bed also comes in Disney Frozen, Disney/Pixar Cars, and Nick Jr. Paw Patrol. No need to say that this super-universal bed will be suitable for both girls and boys. As for the material, the frame is made of solid wood that provides sturdiness and reliability. The bed is recommended for 15 months+ toddlers and will be a great transition from crib to "big kid bed". 

This bed is well suited even for babies who have just started to walk and might toss about during sleep. The high sides all around the perimeter will serve as guardrails, providing your kiddie with the independence he/she craves while preventing the child from rolling out. The bed is also low to the floor, allowing children to get in and out easily. It is JPMA certified, which means that this bed meets all safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM. The recommended load is about 50 pounds. Looking for the best one of themed toddler beds? Just get this one!

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How to Pick the Suitable Mattress

Delta Wood Ninja Turtles Toddler Bed comes completely disassembled. But that's not a problem! As our customers say, for quick assembly, you only need a screwdriver. The dimensions of the bed are 54.53" x 29.92" x 18.90", and it is self-evident that this compact bed will fit even in the smallest room. Like all models, this one does not include the mattress and bedding. So, choosing a mattress is your responsibility. According to your child preferences, you can get a standard-sized mattress (27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53") of any rigidity and thickness. To cut a long story short, we are sure this awesome purchase will exceed all your expectations!

Delta Wood Ninja Turtles Toddler Bed in the use

Assembly

Although Delta Wood Ninja Turtles Toddler Bed assembly is simple enough, we would like to highlight some important points.

1. First of all, make sure that all the parts are included in the kit. If some are damaged or missing, contact the manufacturer for replacement. In no case try to change the parts by yourself.

2. You'll need to screw some parts together, and we recommend you to keep away from using an electric screwdriver. 

3. Pay particular attention to bed rails and their connections. Make sure they are well-secured, otherwise, the bed might become wobbly after some time. 

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Development Can be Fun

If you're looking for a fun and educational toy to develop motor skills and logical thinking of your kid, get marble runs! By building the path for balls, your tot will also improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

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Dream On Me Classic

Classic Bed for The Smallest

Wow, this cute wooden bed is already among the leaders on the market! The Dream On company presents a classic-style bed for toddlers. Visually, this model hardly differs from adult or twin beds, it is just a little smaller. The frame is made of non-toxic wood and is completely safe for children. The manufacturer offers the variety of colors to suit almost any interior: Black, Cherry, Espresso, Natural, and White. So, if you want something fancy for your nursery, just get one of the Dream On white toddler beds! Yet, if you want to add a modern touch, you are welcome to choose one of the black toddler beds. Feel free to select! Note that it is universal and suitable both for boys and girls aged 18 months +.

As we have already mentioned, the material and the finish are completely natural and are not harmful to children. The bed is low to the floor for safe getting in and out of the bed. There are two safety side rails that will not allow your child to fall out. To ensure extra stability, the manufacturer added a leg in the middle of the bed. Yet it is not advisable to jump on the bed in order to test it as the maximum recommended load is about 50 pounds.

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Compact Package for Safe Transportation

If you are looking for something simple, top-notch, yet affordable, then this is where you could stop! This kids bed is delivered completely disassembled to prevent any damage during transportation. A great thing is that the package includes a set of tools for easy assembly and detailed guide. So the setup is a breeze even for someone without experience. Dimensions of the assembled bed are 57" x 30" x 28". This toddler bed comes without a mattress, hence, you will need to purchase one separately according to your preference. The bed is compatible with any standard-sized mattresses of 27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53".

Dream On Me Classic Toddler Bed in the use

How to Maintain Flawless Varnished Coating

The wooden frame is coated with the varnish that is absolutely non-toxic and odorless, however, it requires special care to maintain attractive look as long as possible. 

  • Wipe it with a lint-free napkin at least once a week. 
  • Refrain from using window cleaners and other abrasives. Keep to mild detergents. 
  • Don't place a heater or air conditioner near the bed.

Follow these simple rules, and your kid's bed will look like brand new (and ready for the next toddler) even after several years of use.

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What Bedding Suits The Bed Best?

Beautiful linen can elevate the nursery and make it cozier so special attention may be required for the bedding set. Look for all-natural materials that won't irritate sensitive skin of your little one. Let your toddler help you choose kid-friendly pillowcases, sheets, comforters, and personalize the space with his/her favorite plush toys. 

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Delta Disney Frozen

For Little Princess

If your little dear daughter is a fan of the Frozen movie, just imagine how happy she will be while applying Anna and Elsa stickers! Delta Children bed model is designed after Frozen cartoon, one of the most famous box office hitter in Disney history. Bright bed with colorful decals of the main characters (Elza and Anna) will become a great addition to any girl's room. This toddler bed for girls has a sturdy steel frame and high-quality plastic side rails. Concerning assembly, it is easy breezy and any mom and dad can cope with it in less than an hour. It is best for children of 15 months and older.

This pink toddler bed has all necessary certificates and is absolutely safe for kids. To be more exact, it is JPMA certified to meet or exceed safety standards set by the CPSC and ASTM. The bed side rails are quite high, hence, they will not allow your little princess to fall out or get injured during accidental booboos. The bed stands steadily on 4 legs and has an additional cross bar in the middle for extra stability. Beeing low to the ground (about 8 inches off the floor), it allows your child to get in/out easily and independently. The recommended load is up to 50 pounds.

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Hassle-free Choice

It is surely one of the best toddler beds for girls! Delta Disney bed is also shipped unassembled. Once assembled, this super cute bed measures 56.25" x 30.25" x 26.25". And according to your preferences, you can choose a mattress of different stiffness and thickness. Like most toddler beds, this one is compatible with standard-sized crib mattress (27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53"). It is very convenient since you can simply put here the one from a previous crib!

Delta Disney Frozen Toddler Bed in the use

Innovative Solution for Matress Support

Unlike most modern models with bed rails, Delta toddler bed uses a solid fabric base combined with stainless steel rails for a good mattress support. Such an innovative solution reduces the chances that the bed will sag over time. This way, your tot will always sleep retaining correct posture!

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How To Choose The Perfect Bed Pillow

While most children want a bright and stylish pillow (and with favorite cartoon heroes), parents should pay primary attention to the pillow shape and density! Sleeping in an uncomfortable position can cause neck and back pain or worse still, scoliosis. That's why we highly recommend you to buy a memory-foam pillow to give your baby safe and sound sleep. And just by choosing a funny pillowcase, you can combine comfort and style.

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Step2 Corvette Toddler Bed with Lights

So Interactive!

It is a really amazing and unique bed! Step2 bed has a realistic design of a bright red Corvette Z06 sports car. This race car has a place for a toddler or twin mattress as well as a place for games. Look, even its legs are made in a form of real automobile wheels. To crown it all, this bed is fitted with working LED headlights that are glowing like real ones (you just need 4 AA batteries to power them). In order to prolong the battery life, the lights automatically turn off after 15 minutes of work. Such a car bed will surely become a favorite place for sleep and entertainment. Your child will be able to feel himself like a real racer. The bed is made of BPA-free plastic which is absolutely safe for the health of all children. As reviews show, this is one of the most high-quality plastic toddler beds! 

 For the safety and comfort, this bed has high side rails that eliminate a possibility of accidental overturning or falling during sleep. A durable frame can withstand up to 50 pounds with a standard toddler mattress and up to 200 pounds with a twin mattress. We would like to stress that a sleeping area with a twin mattress can accommodate not only a toddler but also an older child. This bright racer car bed is recommended for 2 to 10-year old children. Parents! You have the opportunity to create a whole corvette room for your kiddies by buying Step 2 Corvette dresser and organizer. The whole kit is CPSC and ASTM Certified. 

This is really one of the best car toddler beds for boys overall! Let's have a ride?

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Siza and Mattress Compatibility

Despite the fact that dimensions of this toddler bed are 97" x 50" x 24", it is quite stable. The assembly does not require specific skills and efforts as it comes with detailed instructions for an easy setup. As we have already mentioned, this car bed is compatible with 2 types of mattresses. So you can choose one of them according to the age of your child. To be specific, you can get a standard crib mattress with the dimensions 27.5" - 28.7" x 51.7" - 53" or purchase a twin mattress with dimensions of 38" x 75". This way, you will not have to buy a twin bed after a while. As a result, your kiddie will be able to enjoy a sound sleep in this fantastic bed for years. 

Step2 Corvette Toddler Bed with Lights in the use

Built-in Race Track

This model can serve not only as a comfortable bed but as a fun playing space as well. If you use it with a crib mattress, your child will be able to access a built-in race track and keep himself/herself entertained. However, even when your racer overgrows crib mattress, he/she will be able to roll a twin mattress up or just move it away to hold a race. To make the races as realistic as possible, we suggest using 1:24 toy cars (or even smaller) and, hopefully, you can find such cars in our survey of the best car model kits.

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The First Vehicle

Remember that exciting feeling when you got your own vehicle, no matter was it a bicycle, a scooter, or even a huge toy car? Give your child unforgettable experience by buying a ride on car! Realistic controls, interactive light, and sound effects will captivate your child for a great while and bring him/her long-lasting memories!

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Comparison of Toddler Beds to Keep Your Tot Sleeping Safe and Sound

FAQ:

Q: When should we switch to a toddler bed?
A: A baby should be moved from a crib to a toddler bed before he/she is able to climb out of the crib on his/her own. Most toddlers can hop over the crib rail when they are about 35-40 inches tall. And the best time for switching is between 18 and 24 months of age. Yet, extremely fidgety babies might attempt to climb out sooner, and that's why the market offers 15+ months models.

Q: How to transition my baby from a crib to a toddler bed?
A: As soon as you've made up your mind that the time is right, simply put your current crib mattresses into a toddler bed. We also suggest you remove the crib from the nursery when the new bed arrives. To let your little one feel grounded, soothe him/her by reading a story or crooning a lullaby before sleep.

Q: What safety tests have been conducted on the toddler beds under review?
A: All beds under review meet national safety standards. For full information about safety standards and test results, refer to the Safety section in our comparison chart. 

Q: What tools are needed to assemble a bed?
A: Manufacturers usually include all tools that you might need for assembly in a package. Additionally, you may need a screwdriver or a power drill. All detailed assembly instructions with pictures are also generally included to guide you through the setup process.

Q: What is the weight limit for toddler beds?
A: Most toddler beds can withstand up to 50 lbs. However, the maximum weight limit for convertible models can reach up to 200-250 lbs.

Q: Do I need a guard rail with a toddler bed?
A: Toddler beds are safe and close to the ground, so you won’t need to buy additional rails for them. 

Q: When will my child outgrow a toddler bed?
A: It depends on a particular model. As a rule, as soon as your child reaches 50 lbs, it’s time to switch to a "big" bed. And some toddler beds can be converted into twin beds to last your kid for years. More so, by adding different components, you can re-configure most beds as you like. 

Q: Does a toddler bed require the same mattress and bedding as a crib?
A: Yes. Toddler beds use a crib mattress, and the sheets are the same as well unless we speak about convertible models (twin beds need bigger mattresses).


Sources:

1. 10 Tricks to Ease the Transition from Crib to Toddler Bed, What to Expect. October 30, 2015.

2. Kathryn Hatter What Ages Are Toddler Beds Designed For? LIVESTRONG.COM. February 1, 2014.

3. Easing the Transition to the Toddler Bed, Aha! Parenting. 

4. Susan Martinez A Guide on How to Choose a Suitable Mattress Size, TG Daily. September 12, 2016.

5. Toddler bed, Wikipedia. December 16, 2016.

6. Laura Broadwell The Transition from Crib to Bed, Parents.

7. Dr. William Sears From Crib to Bed, Parenting. 

8. Jeannie Fleming-Gifford Sleeping Safe and SoundEverydayFamily. 


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