April 08, 2008,
B.M. asks from Oklahoma City, OK on April 07, 2008
18 Month Old Climbing Out of Crib!!!!
My son is 18 months old and last night when I put him in his crib to go to sleep, we didn't hear anything, then we did and went in to check on him and he was in his floor playing. I think he is too young for a bed because he would not stay in it and would not go to sleep. Has anyone else had this problem or have any ideas for a solution? I don't want to get him in the habit of sleeping with us, but he is a climber and I don't want him falling and hurting himseld either! Any help would be appreciated!
So What Happened?™
Thank you for all of your advise! My husband took the springs out of his bed and we put some foam bedding under the mattress on the floore and put his matress on top of that so that he can still use his crib. If that fails, I will go see about a crib tent! Thank you so much for your advise! I really appreciate it!
L.E. answers from Oklahoma City on April 08, 2008
Hehehe that seems almost impossible, 21 month old is still in his crib, he's a climber but he hasnt been able to master the crib yet, I have different settings for the mattress height and at the very bottom all that sticks over the railing is his head. I dont know if I'm just lucky and have a great crib or what! He isnt ready for a bed, he gets into everything and sticks everything in his mouth, even if he didnt like it the first time, it goes back in the mouth. My oldest went to a bed before 18 months and he was perfectly fine. Kids are so different!
> About the net, you can find them at babies R us, we had one when we had cats, so they wouldnt get in the crib, but then we found out we have allergies so the cats went and I dont know where the net went, I found part of it.
A.J. answers from Oklahoma City on April 08, 2008
if it was me i would have him in the bed with me
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K.L. answers from Oklahoma City on April 07, 2008
I really don't know what to tell you because i had a climber too but my children always slept with me until i had the next one and my son is the youngest and he still sleeps with me and sometimes he sleeps with his dad or his sister that is just 15 months older than he is.
L.F. answers from Oklahoma City on April 08, 2008
My son too climbed out of his crib at 18 months. Completely shocked the heck out of us, now you really can't keep them contained. One weekend when my husband was watching him while I was out shopping, he had gone down for a nap and so did my husband. After a while all of a sudden he felt a little tap on his foot and sure enough he had climbed out. My husband wanted to see how he did it so he put him back in his crib and turn the video monitor on in our room and he just whipped his little leg over the side and shimmied his way down. That night we went ahead and converted his crib to the toddler bed and got one of those mesh kind of gates that has the feet that slide under the mattress. It works great and he is now 29 months old. We still have the gate up just so he does not fall on the floor. I have tried to take it down a couple of times but he just ends up rolling out most of the time. Hope this helps and good luck keeping him in bed now. :)
J.B. answers from Oklahoma City on April 08, 2008
If you don't want to move him from the crib yet, you can buy a Crib Tent. it's a mesh dome that fits over the crib so that they can't get out on their own. A friend of mine had one and loved it. I'm not sure if you can find them at babies r us, but you can google crib tent and find one on the internet.
M.S. answers from Oklahoma City on April 08, 2008
My daughter climb out of her crib at 20 months old. My husband and I were shocked and confused on what to do. We thought about one of those tent things that go on top of the crib. But in the end we converted her bed to a toddler bed at 20 months. It was a struggle for at least six months to get her to stay in it. We just enforced strict rules. We would continue to not talk to her and place her back in bed. We always stuck with the same routine until she got it. We did this until she would tire out. There where nights I didn't get much sleep trying to get her to stay in bed. It was not fun but in the end it worked. Your child might not be as stubborn as mine is and take right to it. Each child is different. If this is what you decide to do make it fun for him. Tell him you are going to have a fun time changing beds for him because now he is a big boy. Make it his day and how important it is for him to stay in bed. Maybe even have him pick out his own toddler bedding. Just make it fun and a big deal for him. I have had friends who converted from crib to toddler bed early as well and had no trouble with there children. I have one who is hard headed and stubborn. She still is to this day and she is four. There is the other option of purchasing a tent topper for the crib. I don't remember what they are called but I believe babys r us or toys r us sells them. Maybe even target or walmart. Good luck.