When should my child move from a crib to a bed?

Approximately one-third of toddlers transition to a bed between the ages of 18 months and 2 years old, and another third transition between ages 2 and 2.5. In general, most children make the move from a crib to a bed between the age of 18 months and 3 years old. 

This wide age range means you should be watching for signals, not a specific date, that it’s the right time to transition:

  • Climbers: If your child can climb over and out of the crib on its highest rails setting, it’s time. And when the crib rail is at your toddler’s nipple line, whether they’re an escape artist or not, it’s also time.
  • Asking for it: If your toddler mentions it, it may be time.
  • Baby on the way: This is a common reason for the change — a sibling on the way. If this becomes part of your family’s plans, make sure to move your toddler at least 2 or 3 months before the new baby’s arrival, or 3+ months after, to make the transition easier on everyone.
  • Toilet training: A potty-trained child who can regularly use the bathroom during the day will likely still need time to develop night-time training. For this reason, a crib won’t do — get your kid in a bed!


This article has been reviewed by our team of experts.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article does not constitute medical advice. If you have concerns about any health or medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment you should consult with your pediatrician or a licensed healthcare provider.