Its true kids do seem to grow fast, one day they seem to be quite comfortable in their crib and the next you’re asking yourself if maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a child’s mattress from your local Bed’r Mattress store in Knoxville. Then before you know it, junior’s feet are hanging off the end of his toddler bed. But, beyond physical size, how do you tell if they’ve actually outgrown their current mattress?

Time to Leave the Crib

As much as you might love the sight of your toddler tucked neatly in his crib and to a point, he is probably quite happy there. But there is going to come a time when it will be time for him (or here) to make the transition to a “big kid’s bed,” it’s inevitable. Pediatricians say that unlike many milestones a child reaches when it comes to moving from the crib to a toddler bed, there aren’t many warning signs.

The best thing you can do is keep a very close eye on your toddler. If he is starting to show signs of being ready to climb out of the crib, then it’s time. This typically occurs between the ages of 18 and 24 months or by the time your toddler reaches 35 inches tall. Keep in mind this is only an average; some little ones are ready sooner while others might wait longer. If your toddler is starting to climb out of the crib, it’s time for you to visit the Bed’r Mattress Store in Knoxville and talk to our experts about buying a child’s mattress.

Do I Need to Buy a Toddler Bed?

Many parents never buy a toddler bed; they move their child directly from the crib to a twin bed. But this may not be your best choice. When buying a child’s bed (toddler bed), you typically get a mattress that measures 52 inches long. In most cases, the bed has some form of side rail to help prevent your child from falling out of the bed while they are learning to sleep in a bigger bed. A toddler bed is also designed to hold a child of up to 50 pounds (as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission).

When you start your toddler out in a twin bed, the sheer size can be scary at first, and the lack of side rails can lead to you finding your child on the floor more than once. By starting them out in a toddler bed, you give your child the opportunity to get used to a bigger bed without the typical fears that come with it.     


When your child hits one of these limits, then it’s time to move them onto a full-size twin mattress. Safety should always be on your mind as you consider coming to the Bed’r Mattress stores in Knoxville. When you do come in, our skilled sleep experts are here to help you with buying a child’s mattress that will probably outlast your toddler and help ensure they (and you) get a great night’s sleep every night.