B.S. asks from Saint Louis, MO on November 18, 2006
23 Month Old Jumping from Crib
I was wondering if anyone has some advice about what to do with my son. He will not stay in his crib and is not ready for a toddler bed. (in my opinion) I can't let him stay in the crip because I am scared he is going to break his neck and He seems so young for the toddler bed. He would just get out of it as soon as I put him in. Last night I put a pack n play in his 4 year old sister's room and he did fine. That was after about 1 1/2 trying to get him down in his own room. This just started about 2 days ago!!! What should we do????
So What Happened?™
A HUGE thanks for everyone who emailed me. We decided to try the Crib Tent II and it has been wonderful. It was a little pricey (75.00) but works great. We are going to order his Big Boy bed, but this is working out for the time being. No way our little guy is getting out of his crib now!!! Thanks again!!!
A.R. answers from Springfield on November 21, 2006
maybe you should try the toddler bed...my daughter went into one at 15 months. I would close her door so if she got up she couldn't get out of her room. There were nights we had to pick her up and put her back in bed (she fell asleep on the floor).She is now 2 1/2 and rarely gets up or fights us at bedtime.
B.S. answers from Rockford on November 20, 2006
If he is climbing out he is ready for a toddler bed. You can put a side rail on it if needed and a baby gate in the doorway and he may fall asleep on the floor a few timmes, but if you get him excited about being a big boy he will get use to it in a week or 2. :)
B.O. answers from St. Louis on November 20, 2006
Hi B.! All i can tell you is that he's not too young for a toddler bed or a big boy bed. My girls have bunk beds and the 6 year old sleeps on the top and my now 2 year old sleeps on the bottom and has been sleeping there since March. When they start to climb out, it's time to move them up! You can try it for a few nights, let him know he's a bbig boy and gets a big big boy bed, if he's like mine, he'll be excited and want to sleep there. Good luck! =)
L.D. answers from Kansas City on November 21, 2006
I would try puttng him in a toddler bed. While he may seem too young to you, he is probably not comfortable in his crib. My son started waking up crying every night just before he turned two, so we put him in a regular twin bed with a guard rail and he did just fine. Because we were worried about open stairs, we told him that was not allowed to get up and if he needed anything to call for us. We put a gate up in his doorway for about a week until we knoew for sure that he would stay in bed. He is now four and has never attempted to get out of bed (other than to go to the bathroom after he was out of diapers)and he was so much happier once he had his big boy bed.
S.M. answers from St. Louis on November 20, 2006
My daughter moved to a toddler bed at 15 months. The mattress is the same from the crib, so it is not too big for them. You could just go straight to a twin and put rails around though. My daughter was not in the toddler bed for too long so it is kind of a waste of money. If the child gets up in the middle of the night, walk them to bed and tell them it is not time to get up. Eventaully they will realize that there is no reason for them to get up. Don't let them ask for anything because it will form habit. I am not sure why 22 months would not seem old enough for toddler bed...
C.D. answers from Springfield on November 19, 2006
I agree, it's time for a toddler bed. They are very safe these days with rails and very low to the floor. Our son moved to a toddler bed shortly before he was 2.
E.R. answers from St. Louis on November 20, 2006
I moved my kid to a big girl bed at about 23 months. It worked out wonderful. She liked feeling like a big girl, and she liked that she could climb in and out of her bed on her own. She has even started helping make her bed in the morning!
But if you are not ready for that, that is understandable. Every kid is different. You can go to Babies R Us and purchase a "crib tent". It is a mesh tent cover that goes over the crib so the child can not climb out. Hope it helps.
L.B. answers from Oklahoma City on November 20, 2006
I had the same problem with my oldest when he was that age. My father-in-law made a cover for the top of the crib. We lived in Arizona at the time and could buy screen for our windows and doors that is not metal. He used two dowl rods long enough to reach each end of the bed, attached the back one on permanently and made a loop type closure for the front. My son was able to sit up in bed, but could not stand or get out.
It was a life saver, since his room was next to the garage, and in-laws were working on yard, he climbed out of bed, walked into the garage and to the front door.
S.P. answers from St. Louis on November 22, 2006
B., If you are not comfortable putting your child in a toddler bed... there is another solution( I can not remember the brand of the product but Babies R Us sells it) There is a mesh tent that velcros on the bed and has a zipper door to put the child in and out. It works great.. I had one on my daughters crib since she was born.. not because of climbing out but because of my son climbing in and it kept him out of a long time but he quickly learned how to unzip things because of his P.A.T.T(Parents As Teachers Teacher)if you go to babies r us and ask them they will know what your looking for it runs about 65 dollars.
M.S. answers from Joplin on November 20, 2006
Our son started that at 18 months and we moved him straight to a twin bed--skipped the toddler bed altogether, felt like it was a waste of money. Anyway, we put him in a twin bed, put one side up to the wall and a sleep guard on the other side. It took several nights of continuing to put him back in the bed after he got out, but he did fine. Another option is to remove one side of the crib if yours has that capability. It just takes some teaching, but better for him to climb out of a regular bed than jump out of a crib. Best of luck to you!
D.T. answers from Tulsa on November 20, 2006
When they can climb out or jump out it's time to put the crib away. This can happen at any age from 14 months to 3 years.
We put up a baby gate in our younger boys rooms. DS#2 would wake up and play but DS#3 sleeps right through.