Best Toddler Bed Options: 3 Neutral Options

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Is it time for your baby to move to a toddler bed? I know as a momma that it can be a bittersweet moment, but your baby is ready, and you can create the perfect room for your toddler. 

Some of the factors to consider when choosing a toddler bed are how the design fits into the nursery theme and, of course, safety.  Both of these are important and will give you peace of mind as you both sleep.

Safety First: Ensuring a Secure Sleep Environment

If you are a mom to boys, no doubt construction vs aesthetic is at the top of the list. Why is it that boys think that beds are their trampoline or their platform to take a leap off. 

Sturdy Construction

When it comes to toddler beds, a hardwood frame offers the strength and longevity to hold up to any toddler. Hardwood vs plastic resists wear and tear and the antics of any energetic toddler .

 Most come with reinforced corner brackets and stainless-steel screws, which help provide stability and no wobbliness.  Always check the construction notes when purchasing if you aren’t looking at the bed in person or having it made. 

Additionally, look at the slat designs. You want to look for beds that feature wider slats made from kin-dried wood for better weight distribution and, of course, better comfort. 

The slat design helps keep the mattress from sagging and promotes even weight distribution, which helps them sleep better at night, which is always a great goal to have. 


None of us want our toddlers falling out of their bed in the middle of the night, so guardrails can be a great option when it comes to safety. 

Guardrails are typically made of wood or steel, but can also be a mesh that keeps your toddler in their toddler bed throughout the night.

Additionally, they also give psychological cues that there is danger past that barrier, so the antics of jumping or rolling are stopped.

Finally, as you look to purchase a toddler bed, make sure and look at the guardrails. You know your child best and can determine what type of guardrail will provide them a great night’s sleep and you peace of mind. 

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Toddler Bed Mattresses

There are plenty of choices when it comes to a mattress for your child’s toddler bed.  Sometimes you can simply take the crib mattress and use it, or you may need to purchase a new mattress. 

Here are a few tips when it comes to picking out the perfect mattress.  We would love to hear your favorites in the comments below. 

Memory Foam Mattress:

The great thing about a memory foam mattress is that it molds to your toddler’s body shape. If your child tends to toss and turn a ton whale sleeping, this can be a great option.  

This mattress isolates motion, so they won’t wake up every time they toss and turn, meaning both you and them get a good night of sleep. 

Innerspring Mattress:

This mattress has the typical coil springs, and there are some positives for using this kind of mattress in a toddler bed.

One, it keeps them cool. Because it is breathable, they won’t get hot at night, kicking off the covers or tossing and turning. 

Second, they are a lot more durable. They will hold up for years to the jumping and aerobics that comes with a toddler in a toddler bed. 

Hybrid Mattress

Finally, you can choose a hybrid mattress that has the best of both world. You have a coil base but a memory foam top. 

They are made to adapt to your child’s body as they sleep, but also provide support with the coils. The mattress you choose really depends on how your toddler sleeps. 

Fun Toddler Bed Choices

We found some really fun toddler beds on Amazon which, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you, of course, get free shipping. We wanted to share a few neutral ideas that would work whether you have a son or daughter. 

Neutral Toddler Bed Options

This sleigh bed can easily accommodate a boy or girl with gender-friendly bedding. The guardrails are attached, so no worry of them taking them off or even rolling out of bed. 

It’s still close enough to the ground that it is easy for them to get in and out of bed. It also uses your crib mattress, so no need to buy another mattress. 

Finally, it comes in four colors, so no doubt you can find the perfect match for the nursery decor you already have in place. 

This modern toddler bed has detachable guard rails and thus can grow with them as they don’t need the guardrails. 

Additionally, just like the other toddler bed, it uses your crib mattress. It is only available in this slate gray color, but is really neutral as bedding can definitely change the look of the bed. 

Finally, it should be noted that it holds any child up to 50 pounds, so you won’t need to worry about buying a new bed anytime soon.

Isn’t this bed cute? This bed is on the floor, so there is no concern about anyone falling out of bed. It also has rails and, as you can see, one side is full rails while the other side has a partial rail, so they can climb in and out. 

This bed will need a twin-size mattress purchased. It does have wood slats on the bottom, which we talked about earlier to provide excellent support while they sleep. 

I just think this is such a cute bed that will grow with them for some time.  What are your thoughts? 

You have seen some pretty amazing options for a toddler bed. I know it’s hard to see them grow, but having a great bed will ensure they and you get a good night of sleep. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for a toddler bed, make sure and leave them below. We love hearing from you. 

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