How to Elevate Crib/mattress Without Child Moving to Bottom of Crib

Updated on January 23, 2013
H.L. asks from Washington, DC
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Every time my 1.5 yr old babe gets sick, the croup follows, then post-nasal drip coughing that lasts for weeks (disrupting nap & bedtime sleep in a big way). We do steaming, honey, cold air (when appropriate), humidifier, lots of liquids, soups, Vicks on feet... you get the point! :). We elevated the crib itself only for babe to end up at the bottom with more coughing & same thing happens when we elevate the mattress. Only way my child will sleep without coughing is with me because I can make sure of an elevated position. But I lose a ton of sleep that way and my child's sleep ends up poor as well. Wondering if anyone has a good idea on how to elevate w/out movement to bottom of crib. Thank you!!

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C.B.

answers from Boston on

I used to let my kids sleep in the car seat when they were sick since they would also roll or slide to the bottom of an elevated crib. When small I would just put the car seat in the crib, but later just the car seat on the floor in their room or next to my bed.

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C.V.

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Use the swing or car-seat for baby to sleep in while sick. There's not a thing wrong with it.

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J.B.

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How old is your baby? If he or she is young enough, have the baby sleep in a car seat (the little bucket kind) or other seat. That's the only thing that worked for my youngest. He liked it so much he slept in his car seat more often than not until he was about 7 months old.

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F.C.

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have baby sleep in the swing....we did it for months as our youngest had reflux and sleep apnea

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K.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

If she's scooting down too much, you'd have to put something on top of the mattress to prevent her from moving too far down. If you have a couple of large, somewhat firm pillows, or even couch cushions to put at her feet, that would block the bottom off and force her to stay on the elevated portion.

I've never tried this, but that's what came to me off the top of my head. I assume your baby is mobile enough that she wouldn't end up getting caught with her face against the cushion, but something to keep in mind just in case.

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C.B.

answers from Boston on

I used to let my kids sleep in the car seat when they were sick since they would also roll or slide to the bottom of an elevated crib. When small I would just put the car seat in the crib, but later just the car seat on the floor in their room or next to my bed.

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S.H.

answers from St. Louis on

I just used books under the legs of the bed. Scooting, shifting was not an issue. :)

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D.M.

answers from Chicago on

Maybe your elevating the crib too much? Just a few inches will give some relief. I put an unopened soup can under each leg on one end of the crib. Gave just enough elevation and never had a problem with the baby rolling down to the other end.

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G.B.

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I think this is making way for an accident to happen. They are made to click together and be flat. When you change the angle those parts that hook or snap on to other parts isn't lined up right.

I would put him on a regular bed at this age, all my grand kids were in regular beds or toddler beds by this age. In child care they change to the toddler room on their first birthday and move to cots for their one nap per day. So it's just a natural time for me to switch them to bigger beds at home too within a few months.

This way you can put the head of the frame on a 2X2 or 4X4 and be done with it.

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A.J.

answers from Eau Claire on

I just stick a pillow, or folded towels/sheets under the head of the matress (between matress and bottom of crib) to elevate it slightly.

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☆.A.

answers from Pittsburgh on

We used phone books. Never once found our babe at the bottom if the crib!

Car seat or swing is OK too!

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J.M.

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folded towels under the head end of the mattress might help. Frequent saline nasal sprays too. Best wishes for a good night's sleep!

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C.O.

answers from Washington DC on

Put a wedge under the mattress - you should be able to find one at Babies R' Us...

Talk with your pediatrician...can you give her Benadryl to help dry her up? Or what?

You might be too much of one thing too....sorry - but sometimes Vicks, honey (many will say no to this at such a young age especially if it's not pasteurized) and cold air might be too much. Pick one thing and stick with it.

With my youngest, we had to let him sleep in his car seat. That was tough but it kept him elevated...my husband would bring the car seat inside, we would put it on the couch and strap him in...then I would sleep on the couch (we have a huge sectional) next to him....

poor kid!! hope he gets better soon!!

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P.T.

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Sounds like my youngest, we have put a Dexbaby Safe Lift Universal Crib Wedge under her mattress and use the Vicks steam vapouriser . We also use saline nasal spray almost everyday to keep her nasal passage clear. For the longest time she slept in a swing/rocker just so that she could sleep well.

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M.P.

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Elevating the head of the bed didn't work for us, either. I wonder if piling folded blankets and/or pillows on top of the mattress at the bottom would help keep baby at the top.

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