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How to Convert Crib to Toddler Bed

By Marissa Nicole ; Updated April 18, 2017

Baby furniture can be expensive, so it makes sense to purchase pieces that can grow along with the baby. Convertible cribs are popular for this reason. Converting these cribs is easy to do, and most of the time they do not cost nearly as much to convert as it would to purchase a new piece of furniture.

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Remove all toys, blankets, sheets and any other objects from the mattress. Set these things toward the edge of the room so that you do not trip on them.

Remove the mattress from the crib frame and place it towards the edge of the room.

Make sure that the floor of the room is free of clutter. Move the crib into the center of the room.

Following the instruction manual for your specific crib, remove the crib's front rail.

Move the mattress rails to the lowest position.

Screw on the toddler rail from the toddler conversion kit that matches your crib.

Push the frame for the toddler bed to the desired position in the room. Place the mattress back on the rails of the bed.

Make the bed with sheets, blankets, bumper or any other linen you used in your baby’s crib.

Things You Will Need

  • Convertible crib
  • Toddler conversion rails/kit
  • Bedding
  • Screwdriver


Try to use the same sheet set that was in the crib before so that your child has familiar sheets to help her adjust to the change.


Keep your toddler in another room while converting the crib into the toddler bed for her safety. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend to watch her so you can put your full attention into making sure the bed is safe and secure.

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About the Author

Marissa began freelance writing after receiving a college degree in English with a minor in Law in 2008. She has most recently been published online at eHow.com. While in school she also focused on psychology and biology classes as well.

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