The Best Toddler Beds for Promoting Sleeping Independence

toddler peacfully sleeping in blue tent bed

When your little one has officially outgrown their crib and it’s time to start promoting independent sleeping, toddler beds are the next best thing. Available in a range of sizes and styles, most toddler beds will offer only side rails instead of fully-enclosed beds like cribs or bassinets, so your little one can easily climb in and out all on their own. Also available with a ton of fun features, from slides to tents to lofts, there is sure to be one that gets your kiddo excited about sleeping on their own. Here are some of our favorites.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Toddler Bed

What toddler bed will fit your little one the best? It can be difficult to decide since there are so many on the market, so take these few key points into consideration:

  • Size: Some toddler beds will have a more modest size, while others will have slides or ladders or forts added on; make sure whichever bed you choose will fit in the space you plan to put it.
  • Convertible: Some toddler beds will be able to convert to a full-sized bed as your child grows, giving you the option to only buy one bed.
  • Style: There are plenty of styles when it comes to toddler beds, so choose one that fits the theme of the room or, better yet, one that gets your toddler excited.
  • Use: If you have more than one kiddo, then it might be a good idea to opt for a bunk-bed style. If you plan on traveling a lot and need a bed that will accommodate, there are plenty of beds that can be packed away and stored for easy transport.
  • Durability: The last thing you want is a flimsy bed for your little one (especially if you sometimes have to crawl in bed with them to get them to fall asleep), so make sure whichever bed you choose is sturdy.
  • Safety: We all want our little ones to be safe, so make sure whichever bed you choose meets top safety standards and has a safety rail to keep your little one from rolling out of bed as they adjust to their new sleeping place.

Best Design Options: Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed

pink toddler bed with Minnie Mouse design

Using a standard crib mattress (that is sold separately), this toddler bed has two attached guardrails to keep your little one safe while sleeping. It’s low to the ground, so they can easily climb in and out without any extra help. Holding up to 50 pounds, it is made of a sturdy steel frame and high-quality plastic that has your little one’s favorite characters: from Minnie Mouse to Anna and Elsa to Spiderman to Lightning McQueen and even more in between, this bed is sure to delight your little one and make them excited about sleeping. Measuring 53.94 inches long by 29.13 inches wide by 26.18 inches high when assembled, this bed is also JPMA certified to meet or exceed all safety standards.

Best Design Options

Delta Children Plastic Toddler Bed, Disney Minnie Mouse

Designed with high-quality materials and made to meet all safety standards, this fun bed has colorful characters and safety rails.

Best Loft Bed: DONCO KIDS Louver Loft Bed

gray loft toddler bed with blue tent beneath

Available in two colors, this twin-sized loft bed is sure to give your little one a fun place to tuck in at night. Featuring a fun tent beneath the bed that allows for an extra play area, this bed has safety rails for added security and a ladder for your little one to easily climb up. The bed can be used with or without the tent and offers a mattress-ready slat system.

Best Loft Bed

DONCO KIDS Louver Loft Bed, Twin, Antique Grey

Designed for use with or without a fun tent that offers more play space for your little one beneath the bed.

Best Bunk Bed: Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed

dark gray twin sized bunk beds with white sheets

Strong and sturdy, this bed offers full-length safety guardrails for the top bunk and a durable five-step ladder. Designed as a traditional bunk bed, this bed can also be configured into two twin-sized beds, while smooth edges and classic colors make it easy to coordinate with almost any other furniture.

Best Bunk Bed

Storkcraft Caribou Solid Hardwood Twin Bunk Bed with Ladder and Safety Rail, Gray

A classic look that can be configured into two twin beds.

Best with Tent: Alvantor Bed Canopy Tent

popped-up dark blue toddler tent bed

Designed with a double-sided door for easy entry on either side, the tent over the bed will not collapse, bend, lean, or rip. Use it with or without a bed frame, even completely on its own as a fun tent on the floor! A pop-up with flexible ribs, this tent will reduce light and help your little one sleep. The fabric is soft and breathable with anti-mosquito mesh at the head and feet for even better airflow. The privacy curtain is washable, and the tent is designed with storage pockets and a light hanging loop to give your little one a place all their own to relax.

Best with Tent

Best for Travel: hiccapop Inflatable Toddler Bed

displayed inflatable toddler bed with pump, bag, and bumper frame

This bed is ideal for anywhere or anytime, from Grandma’s house to campouts to vacations to nights right on mom and dad’s floor, this inflatable toddler bed is designed to be lightweight and portable while also being durable. Virtually puncture-proof with reinforced weld seams and a heavy-duty air valve, the bed will stay inflated all night. Coming with an extra-large travel bag and electric turbopump that can inflate the bed in under 30 seconds. It fits all standard crib sheets and is equipped with taller sides, so there is no rolling out. The material is BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free.

Best for Travel

Best with Slide: DHP Junior Twin Metal Loft Bed with Slide

white toddler bed with purple blanket and slide

This bed offers a contemporary design that features a slide your kids will love waking up to slide down. There is a sturdy metal frame, so no box-spring is needed, and a guardrail runs along the length of the bed for added security and safety with a built-in ladder. There are also rail pockets for small toys and books. Curtains can be purchased separately to make this bed an extra-imaginative place to play and a magical spot for creativity and fun!

Best with Slide

DHP Junior Twin Metal Loft Bed with Slide, Multifunctional Design, White with White Slide

A fun slide and durable frame with guardrails means safe sleep and added playtime.

Alesha Billie Alesha Billie
Alesha Billie is a momma to three kiddos (unless we count the furry ones) who has been writing and researching for over 15 years. After a start as a romance ghostwriter, she's written countless full-length novels in addition to articles, blog posts, advertorials, memoirs, and eBooks. Read Full Bio »

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