Before your children become adults who need bigger spaces, bigger rooms, and bigger beds, they are kids who are not aware of which bed is best for them. They are big enough to outgrow their cots but not big enough to have a full size bed of their own. Getting a bed that will be their haven while going through the transition of adolescence is crucial for providing your kids comfort and security.
If you are currently looking for the best beds to buy your continuously growing kids, then here are our recommendations:
Toddler beds are for toddlers. They are the types of beds your kids can easily use straight after outgrowing their cots and/or cribs. Toddler beds are usually raised low to make it easy for the kids to climb out of. They also have scratch-proof coating and rounded curves to ensure your kids will not be hurt from accidental bumps to the bed. A lot of toddler beds also have side rails to make sure your child will not fall of the bed from sudden movements while sleeping.
If you are tight on space but need separate beds for two kids, then bunk beds are your best option. This type of kids’ bed will let your kids have their “own space” in their bedroom while ensuring they still have room for other furniture such as a table, chairs, shelves, etc.
You do not need to worry about your kids’ safety either as bunk beds naturally come with guards on the side. These guards will guarantee that no matter how much your child moves around while sleeping, he will still be protected from falling.
Loft beds are similar to bunk beds in the sense that a part of the bed is elevated. However, instead of having another bed below, a loft bed provides space for other things such as a table, a shelf, a sofa, or whatever you might decide to put underneath. Loft beds are great for optimizing your use of space, especially if you have a small room for your kids.
Junior beds, like their name suggests, are smaller versions of your full-size bed. Junior beds are small enough for kids to easily climb up and down on them and big enough to accommodate their growth. Junior beds can be as homey as their cots yet basically all of their designs encourage kids to outgrow their cribs and incite them to play and sleep in a regular bed. These are great transition beds. If you are interested in a junior bed, see our other articles on junior beds for more information describing them.
Platform beds are very child-friendly, as they are usually set low, allowing kids to get on and off the bed with utmost ease. They are usually simple in design, but their versatility makes them a great choice for your kids’ bed. Platform beds can be raised lower or higher, depending on your preferences, and the space beneath the bed can be used as a drawer, a storage space, or the like.
Children grow very fast these days. Once they have grown from a baby to a toddler, it is then time to provide them with a new bed—one that will give them comfort and security while allowing them to still be playful without worrying about their safety. Get one of the five types of kids’ bed discussed above, and watch as your kids grow from a toddler to a teen with enough sleep on their comfortable beds.
There are many types of junior beds ranging from ones for toddlers to those for kids ages 5 and up. Below are the types to consider when shopping for a junior bed.
Convertible crib to junior bed
The convertible crib to junior bed is made for babies to grow into. Starting with the crib, the bed can be converted by removing the front railings and making it more like a toddler or junior bed. The most famous of these is the Stokke Sleepi Crib with the Stokke Sleepi Junior Bed System. This bed starts as a crib with railings on all sides. The railings are adjustable as your child grows. Then, when the child is around 2 or 3, the crib’s railings can be removed in the front or back or both, making the bed into a toddler or junior bed. Finally, when the child is over, the Junior Bed kit allows you to convert that crib into a 67.5” junior bed made for 3-7 year olds.
Not all junior beds come with this complete system, so make sure you check what type of bed it is before you purchase. Also, check to see how long your child will be able to use it and how easily convertible it is. The benefits of the Stokke System and other beds like this is that the child keeps the same bed for many years. The familiarity of the bed allows them to more easily transition into each stage of sleeping. You also save a lot of money since you don’t have to keep buying a new bed.
Junior bed with railings on the side
Another type of junior bed comes with railings on the side. Sometimes, the railings extend half way across, while other times, the railings just extend out a little, just enough to help the child feel secure. These beds are also lower to the ground so they are easier for a child to climb into them. When deciding whether or not to buy these, think about how independent your child is. Is your child transitioning from a crib? Does your child tend to roll around while sleeping? Is your child usually afraid of the dark and have a hard time falling asleep in his or her own bed? Does your child sleep fine in a regular bed or have you even tried that before? Answering these questions will help you determine if you need a special junior bed with railings. Not all children need it, but some do to feel more secure. Others need it if they tend to roll around in bed. Finally, having the railings sometimes remind the children of their own crib. If they slept comfortably in that and are transitioning to a junior bed, you may want to consider one with railings.
Junior bed without railings
This junior bed is almost exactly like a regular twin bed. The one difference is that it is smaller and oftentimes lower to the ground. Again, like the one with railings, the lower height helps the child get in and out of bed more easily. This makes them feel more independent, especially when sleeping in their own bed. Consider this junior bed if your child is pretty independent, doesn’t roll around a lot while sleeping, and feels pretty comfortable in his own bed.
Junior loft bed
This bed is like a loft. The bed is raised up and underneath there are drawers or cupboards or an area that can be converted to a children’s play area. These beds usually have ladders or steps that children have to climb up on the side. There are also added elements such as slides that children can play on. This type of bed looks sort of like a child’s jungle gym except the bed is on top. They are great for rooms that don’t have enough space for a play area or if you want to add an additional play area for your child. These junior loft beds come in many types for girls and boys like the castle bed or the fort bed. Finally, these beds can be pricier, anywhere from $200 – $800 for ones made of solid wood.
Can a junior bed save you money? At first glance a junior bed may seem to be very expensive. They cost more than a few hundred dollars and it seems like an expensive investment for your child. However, if you are having your first baby and you do not have a crib, you may want to consider buying a junior bed that converts from a crib to a small bed for your toddler.
Most babies will spend approximately one year in the new crib that you buy for them. Of course every new parent considers having a new crib since that seems to make your baby’s room cute and comfortable. Plus, a crib allows you to feel safe and secure while your child is sleeping. However, do you have the money to spend on a new crib? Really good cribs may cost you up to $1000 or more, especially if you want the really good, stable, and secure kind. Therefore, instead of investing that much money in a crib that your child will only sleep and for one year or less, consider buying a junior bed that converts from a crib to a regular little bed.
As your child gets older he will want to have a bed that is similar to what he sees in everybody else’s rooms. He will want to copy you in everything he does. When your child is really young people need things that will influence him are the people around him. Therefore, consider getting a bed that can be used for a longer period of time. Junior beds can be used until your child is six or seven years old and sometimes older. Therefore, buying a junior bed that that converts allows you to save a lot of money.
It may sound like a surprise that junior beds can save you money. At first glance they seem like they are very expensive. However, compare that cost to buying a crib, and then buying a little bed in between, and you may find that it will be more economical to buy one item instead of two. Having a baby cost a lot of money and there are lots of places where you want to try and save money so you can spend them later on your child as he grows up. Making sure your child has a comfortable and good place to sleep is very important. However, trying to make sure that you don’t spend bundles of money just to give your child a comfortable bed is also very important. Consider buying a junior bed such as the Stokke bed to save you money.keep looking »