No idea which is the best bed for a 3 year old? Let’s take you on roll.
Your child can outgrow cribs too fast before you even notice. The size isn’t the true concern, it’s the look and design. It looks awful for a toddler to sleep in those tiny cribs!
Moreover, you might be expecting a newborn in the upcoming months and you need to move your grown-up kid to a new bed.
Enter Toddler beds. They come in all sorts of colors, enticing themes and makes your child feel that she’s growing up.
We reviewed 5 beds – perfect in terms of height, safety and design.
Let’s get started!
|Dream On Me Classic Design Toddler Bed|
|Delta Children Canopy Toddler Bed|
|Kidkraft Race car bed|
|Costzon Toddler Bed|
|Delta Children 3D-Footboard Toddler Bed|
5 Best Bed For 3 Year Old 2020
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1.Dream On Me Toddler Bed
The Dream On Me is a simple and minimalistic toddler bed with as much as 12 color options to choose from. The head and footboards have a gentle arch and an overall neutral theme to blend into any decor.
The bed is just 30” high for your 3 year old to get on and off easily. There are two side rails of 22.2” length for extra safety. You can install extra rails as you have almost 29” of open space. So, that’s a plus point.
The build quality is quite good compared to the price. The bottom is mainly slats but still can handle 50 lbs of weight. The center lag mainly helps to stabilize the unit. It’s sturdy enough to accommodate your weight to some extent if you want to spend some time with your child on the bed.
It complies with CPSC and ASTM standards and is free from BPA, phthalates and other toxins. So, your child can live safely for the coming years.
Assembling this bed is the hardest part. The instructions aren’t clear. So, it will take some DIY skills to get it together. But well worth the effort!
2.Delta Children Canopy Toddler Bed
The Delta Children Canopy is one of the best beds for your 3 year old daughters. The Disney Princess theme looks awesomely cute and comes in two attractive colors- Blue and Pink.
The frame of the bed is mainly steel with high-quality plastic parts. It has a weight limit of 50 lbs and additionally can handle an adult’s weight. So, you can sit and read bedtime stories with no issues.
Any type of standard crib mattress should fit in this bed. You can also purchase the bed and mattress combo to save the hassle. The recommended mattress size is 1310mm L x 690 mm W x 100mm D. If you have one of the same size from the older crib, then you can use that.
The canopy is a unique design to this bed. When you set up, your kid will absolutely love it. However, the real disappointment was the canopy poles as they are flimsy and don’t hold up quite well. We expect an upgrade from the manufacturer.
It does meet all sorts of safety standards. Overall, it’s a great bed to have for little ladies!
3.Kidkraft Race Car Toddler Bed
If you wanted us to pinpoint on a toddler bed especially for boys, the Kidkraft Race Car is what we would recommend every time! We have seen little kids going crazy over this bed, just because the design is that enticing.
Keeping the car design intact, the bed has rails on both sides. The best part is the one-stair board installed at the front of the bed. This makes it extremely easy to get on and off. It has 18.2” height and for 3-year-olds that’s just perfect.
It will fit almost any standard crib mattress and has wooden construction for safe and toxin-free experience. It can handle weight up to 50 lbs, which is enough for most children at this age.
Overall, it seems like a stable bed with a child-friendly theme. The only thing that could have been included was a non-slip mat for the stair area. But, not a big deal.
4.Costzon Toddler Bed
The Costzon is one of the very few toddler beds that can grow with your child. The twin size makes it perfectly usable for lots of years to come. It has 3 color themes to suit both girls and boys.
The construction is premium MDF wood with an eco-friendly varnish. So, the bed is durable and has a long lifespan. It has the highest weight capacity (440 lbs.) among all the other toddler beds in this review. That’s a deal-breaker!
The 32” height is quite low for kids and makes getting off and on smooth and safe. On top of that, you can adjust the support feet to match your child’s height as he grows. The feet have anti-slip property to ensure stability and reduce scratches on the floor.
The head and footboard are both covered with soft sponge. This helps to minimize the risk of collision if your child bumps against the bed during sleep or play. However, the foam fabric might not be as durable as expected.
The MDF board used in this bed has a CARB 2 grade. It only emits 0.1mg/L, which is a lot less than the recommended 1.5mg/L range. Totally safe for kids.
5.Delta Children 3D-Footboard Toddler Bed
The Delta Children 3D-Footboard is yet another Disney Princess themed bed for little girls. The overall design and build quality makes it one of the best beds for 3 year old kids.
The bed has a steel frame with high-quality plastic components. The plastic is sturdy and not flimsy, period. It meets JPMA, CPSC and ASTM standards, so it’s safe from all ways!
You can use any standard crib mattress on this bed or buy separately from the manufacturer. The weight limit is 50 lbs but can hold a lot more than that- suitable for sitting and spending time with your kid.
There are two guard rails for additional safety. The unit is quite light and easy to move for cleaning! It has a height of approx 26”, which should be easy for most children at this age to climb.
The only issue we found was the big bar in the middle of the bed. Your kid won’t feel it, so that’s an advantage. Overall, recommended!
Things to Consider Before Buying Beds for 3 Year Olds
1. Safety factors
- Guard rails: All beds for 3-year-old kids come with guard rails. These help to transition from crib to bed safely and smoothly.
- Complies with safety standards: JPMA, CPSC and ASTM are some of the common standards for toddler bed. Make sure the bed complies with them.
2. Bed and mattress size
Generally, most kid’s beds have the same size as the crib. So, a standard crib mattress of 52” L x 28” W – 56”L x 28”W should fit most beds. The Costzon is the only bed with twin size, which is great for growing kids.
3. Weight capacity
Toddler beds often have the highest weight limit of 50 lbs. This is enough for most children to sleep alone. However, if you are looking to co-sleep, Costzon can be a better option as it has a 440 lbs limit.
4. Construction Quality
As parents are looking to buy an affordable bed for children, the construction material is limited to MDF, standard quality wood, steel and mostly plastic. The Dream On Me and Costzon has a wooden build. Other beds like Delta Children have a steel and plastic mixed construction.
5. Bed Height
Anything below 50-52” is suitable for 3 year olds. The bed we reviewed comes in height ranging from 18” to 51”. Among these, the Kidkraft Race Car has the lowest height at 18.2”.
Conclusion and Editor’s Choice
In terms of price, Quality of construction and color options, the Dream On Me Toddler Bed is the clear winner. So, it’s safe to say it’s the best bed for 3 year old kids.
The 12 color options give you a lot of freedom to match your decor and also the taste of your toddler. It has space for extending the guardrails, which is a rare feature in this product category. The unit is extremely stable with an appropriate height for getting off and on.
The other beds are equally good and have their own unique design. Hopefully, your toddler can sleep in it peacefully!!