Tonight (Thurs night) we made the conversion from cribs to toddler beds. Not sure if it was the right decision. But there’s no turning back now! A few weeks ago, we woke to find this video below. Raw footage of twin monkeys escaping their cribs! Check out the room – this room was spotless when the twins were put to bed the night before. Notice the lamp disheveled, books everywhere – just a major hazard! And look who’s peaking out from under his crib! It was very cute but kind of scary at 20 months of age. So I asked them to show me how they climbed out and was shocked to watch them demonstrate their escape route. I immediately asked for everyone’s advice on toddler bed vs. crib tent. I had to act quickly or one of my boys was going to break a limb! I never had to deal with this with my girls because they had to get literally kicked out of their cribs due to birth order. They never climbed on much and the transition into a big-girl bed was pretty seamless. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be so smooth when you have two identical little boys involved.
Most of my twin mom friends suggested that I do the tents. But I just don’t think this would be a good long-term fix for me. Here I go again doing the opposite of what everyone tells me to do! My first concern is that crib tents are expensive at $70 each. Toddler beds only cost $100 and they will last a lot longer in theory. So I read all the reviews online and it seems that people either love crib tents or hate them. Some of the cons include poor construction, doesn’t work with sleigh cribs (one of mine is a sleigh), fell apart, etc. When it worked, people raved about it. My thing is that this conversion, whatever it may be, would need to last a good year and a half or so. When we promote the twins to their official “big boy” room, we will need to have some renovations done upstairs due to bathrooms and offices, etc. So I’d like to delay that for as long as possible. I think the tents would buy me maybe a few months at best. And what do we do when we travel? I guess you can take them with you but I’m kind of the mindset that the older they get, the fewer things I need to take with me when I travel.
I had to order my toddler beds online because I need two and they have to be white to match my other baby furniture. Babies R Us and Wal-Mart only carry a natural finish, so I bought mine at http://www.toddlerbeds.com/. I would highly recommend this website. They offer free shipping and the price was $15 cheaper than BRU and Wal-Mart. And they arrived at my doorstep three days ahead of schedule. You can’t beat that!
So here we are tonight at 10:03 pm and these little monkeys are still roaming around! But I do think this conversion will work – or at least I’m crossing my fingers! What are your experiences with crib tents and toddler beds?
P.S. Does anyone want a FREE pre-owned crib? My crib is antique white by Ragazzi and was purchased 6 years ago at Bellini. The crib looks great, but the screws are a little lose, so your husband may need to work on it some. But hey, it’s free to the first person who emails me with her phone #! Thanks for reading!