Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your child's first bed:
- If you'd like, try a junior or toddler bed, which is smaller and lower to the ground than a conventional twin bed.
- If you don't want to buy a special toddler bed, a regular twin bed outfitted with guard rails is fine. The slats or mesh holes in guard rails should be no more than 3 1/2 inches wide. Wider openings pose a strangulation risk to young children.
- Your child's bed should be no higher than two feet off the floor. Remove the box spring if it makes his bed higher than this.
- Bunk beds and four-poster beds are not recommended for toddlers. It's a long fall from the top bunk to the floor, and if a young child's clothing gets caught on bedposts, he could strangle.