10 Dreamy Toddler Beds for Every Budget

published Oct 22, 2021
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I have been advised repeatedly by other parents to wait as loooong as possible before promoting my 19-month-old from his crib to a real Big Boy Bed. There’s just one problem: toddler beds are nothing less than adorable! To me, they’re the design equivalent of baby shoes: wee and wonderful iterations of our grown-up versions, all of which lose their luster once you pass into tweendom.

Isabel Ladd, a designer and mother to Oliver (9) and Theo (8), prefers a twin bed toddlers can grow into — especially Crate & Barrel’s Maren Olive Cane Bed. “Everything about this bed is beautiful — the color, the caning, the curve!”

To find equally charming versions in diminutive toddler sizes, I interviewed professional decorators (and parents) and went down a serious internet deep-dive. Here, splurgy ones you hope they’ll never grow out of and affordable options I *wish* they made in my size.

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Pottery Barn Kids

I don’t think I’m alone when I say: “Sometimes I wish we lived in France.” So I j’adore the looks of this fanciful toddler bed, partly made of poplar wood and Greenguard certified for chemical emissions, and cutely designed with a sleigh feel they’ll love crawling in and out of … croissant crumbs encouraged.

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Serena & Lily

Paging Swiss Family Robinson fans. “For toddler beds, I love going with a cool, natural material like a rattan that will grow with them over time,” says designer McCall Dulkys, founder of e-design studio Interiors By McCall and mother of twin 2-year-olds and a 3.5-year-old. “The Serena & Lily Avalon bed is a great pick because it is gender neutral and can be passed down between kids.”

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Call it a transformer. Graco’s Story Crib can become a toddler bed, daybed, and even a full-size headboard. “What makes the Story truly stand out is its headboard’s customizable artwork panel, allowing your child’s unique personality to shine through,” says Adam Segal, father of Gigi (4) and Coco (1) and President & CEO of Storkcraft. Did we mention it also has a drawer underneath for storage? Win, win, win, win, win.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

With its shiplap siding, this bed feels like something Joanna Gaines might conjure. I love the cozy side rails and low-to-the-ground silhouette that make it easier for a little one to get in and out of.

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was $199.99

Currently on sale, this cabin-ready beauty was hewn of solid poplar wood and will give them allllll the “Sound of Music” feels. Did we mention it was made in North America and has a five-star rating?

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was $225.00

If you can’t get enough of old timey lewks, this antique cast iron furniture-inspired toddler bed — complete with spindles galore — may be for you. My fave part: the side rails that help keep kiddo’s tucked in for the night.

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As a crib, Stokke’s famously oval beechwood number epitomizes Scandi style. As a bed? I want one, too: it has all the panache of a Midcentury modern movie set. This one works until they’re three.

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was $269.99

Cuteness overload! This soft velvet upholstered Hollywood Regency-style bed looks like it was pulled from the pages of Elle Decor: The Toddler Issue, and gets rave reviews.

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If you’re raising a future monarch, this made-in-Europe regal retreat is definitely worth a splurge, thanks to its fairytale stylings. Diamond-encrusted tiara not included.