The transition from a baby crib to a toddler bed for your child can be pretty quick. It is only a matter of time before you start looking for a safe and durable toddler bed. My 2 year old niece has a wooden bed and it is pretty safe and rugged. However if you are looking for customization or interesting designs, you’d get that with plastic beds.
However you might be thinking, are toddler plastic beds safe to use? Plastic toddler beds are usually safe. They are made keeping in mind the safety standards that are prescribed by the health agencies. Even then, it is always a better idea to buy from a well known manufacturer. There are also a few things regarding safety to keep in mind while buying the plastic bed which will be discussed in this post.
So plastic beds are safe to use. But what things should you consider to ensure they are safe before buying them? Let us find out.
Safety Considerations For Plastic Toddler Beds
Toddler plastic beds are safe but the degree of safety has to be decided by you after considering certain factors.
Plastic beds come in many design and shapes. You have beds having a particular theme, like in the shape of a car or having a cartoon theme. While sleeping on a themed bed can be exciting for any toddler, you must ensure that whatever the form, the bed must have side rails on both sides.
Side rails are important as they prevent your child from falling off the bed. Toddlers have a tendency to toss and turn a lot in bed. They are so fast asleep that they do not realize if they are moving towards the edge. Hence you need sturdy side rails which will prevent them from falling off the bed.
Maximum Weight Capacity
Since it is plastic, you must understand that unlike wood, plastic beds will have a limited holding capacity. You must find out the actual weight that the bed can bear before buying the bed. If your toddler’s weight is beyond the weight the bed can hold, it is better to go for a sturdier plastic bed or in such cases even a wooden bed.
Most plastic toddler beds have a weight capacity of around 60-80 lbs. That should be more than enough for average size toddler.
You must ensure that only the highest quality plastic is used for making the beds. One good thing to check is whether the bed meets the various safety standards set by the government. A few of them to check are the JPMA, CPSC and ATSM safety standards. Such plastic is non toxic and poses no safety hazard to your child if they try to bite or chew at the bed. An example of one such safe plastic toddler bed is the Delta Children 3D Footboard Toddler Bed.
The beds needs to be well built and must have a smooth finish. By smooth finish I mean there shouldn’t be any sharp parts of the bed poking out. Although plastic parts are less likely to cause injury, ensure that the bed has rounded edges with a smooth finish.
Another thing you need to be sure about is that the bed doesn’t have any easily detachable parts, especially small parts. Your lil munchkin can be very curious at this age and will experiment with anything that he or she can lay their hands on. And most of these ‘experiments’ involve putting things into the mouth.
What plastic material are they made of?
The toddler bed is made of high quality, high grade plastic which meets the safety standards set by the US government. The best option is to buy a toddler bed from a big brand so that you can be sure that they have used high quality non toxic plastic.
Some toddler plastic beds are built in combination with steel frames. The steel structure is for the extra strength of the bed. Personally, it would help if you can buy a toddler bed made with a combination of plastic and steel.
Comparison with wooden beds
Although plastic toddler beds can be very sturdy, a wooden bed is definitely more sturdy and durable. Wooden beds can be heavier but their holding capacity is greater than that of plastic toddler beds.
As far as price difference is considered, both wooden and plastic toddler beds cost more or less in the same price range. Just as you can get wooden beds for different prices, plastic beds also have different pricing levels depending upon the shape and design. So you can’t really say which one costs more.
Toddler plastic beds have more customization options than wooden ones. Your girl child is a big fan of the Disney movie Frozen? No worries, you can get a plastic bed with the Frozen theme and color. Your boy loves to play with cars? You can get him a bed in the shape of a car!
Another advantage that plastic beds have over wooden ones is that your child might want to dig their teeth into the wooden parts. I know ‘cause I used to do that when I was a kid, the teeth digging into the wood and polish and leaving an impression. It would be fun to do it! Plastic is hard and moreover being non toxic and safe, it wouldn’t really matter if your child did the same.
What Age Groups are Suitable for A Toddler Plastic Bed
Toddler plastic beds are ideal for children in the age group of 2-5 years. After the crib, it is the right age for kids to start sleeping in beds.
When you have the design and themes that plastic beds come in, it is easier to keep your child in their bed. Your kids can have fun admiring their favorite Disney character theme or getting the feel of being in a sports car.
Many cribs can be transformed into toddler beds. This makes sense because after a few years your child will outgrow the crib and will have to start sleeping in a toddler bed. Though they cost more than your average toddler bed, it is easier for the kids to transition from a crib to a bed.
Do you need a new mattress for a plastic toddler bed?
As the transition is from a crib to a toddler bed, there is not much difference in the size of the mattress to be used for a crib or a mattress. Unless you have a double toddler bed, where you’ll be using a double mattress and in that case you’ll have to buy a new one.
Do plastic toddler beds come with storage?
Some plastic toddler beds do come with some storage space. This space is quite handy as you can store extra pillows, sheets or bed toys of your child in it. However, these beds are likely to cost you more than a simple plastic bed.
Can plastic toddler beds be disassembled?
Yes, just like a wooden bed, plastic beds can also be disassembled. This make it easier when you are moving the bed from one room to another or to a new home. However, you must take care that you keep track of all the parts of the bed and reassemble it firmly.