The Best Furniture For Toddles

One of the enduring debates among our readers is whether to transition a child from their crib to a toddler-size bed or go straight to a twin bed (or bigger). It's a decision most parents will make at one time or another and there are a multitude of competing factors to consider. This debate has come up time and again on Apartment Therapy with hundreds of comments on the topic. To make your decision easier, I've distilled this reader feedback into the primary pros and cons for each course of action.

Free of all the visual clutter typically associated with children's bedroom sets, SPOT by Polish designer Wiktoria Lenart is a space-saving furniture set with a neutral look and highly customizable character so kids can craft their rooms according to their own personalities and needs. Lofted beds, sliding compartments and a bed frame that doubles as a play space make it fun and easy for kids to create their own personal spaces.

Some mattresses for kids have nylon, damask or polyurethane surface coverings. Nylon or damask surfaces are not really waterproof – just water resistant – and they may contain a coating similar to Teflon. There are a lot of questionable synthetic chemicals involved in these coverings. They also can contain added fire retardants and antibacterial chemical treatments that can be toxic.

Safety rails can be an important addition to a young child's first bed. Usually used for children between the ages of 2 and 5, a safety rail should be installed sturdily on the sides of a bed, leaving enough room at each end of the bed so a child can climb in and out without help. In general, it's important that your child is comfortable getting in and out of bed without adult help. This is partly why many experts suggest getting a toddler-sized bed, since they tend to sit closer to the floor and are a bit smaller, so they're a good transition between a crib and  a standard bed.

You're finally ready to design your child's awesome toddler bedroom, but you can't find any nice guard rails…we have the solution! Our unique and fully upholstered toddler guard rails will keep your little one from rolling off the Dorma Bed, yet you won't be sacrificing the beauty of the bedroom. When your child doesn't need the guard rail(s) any longer, simply replace them with the original rail(s) – no tools required!