Climbing

Zeneida - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Last night my husband was in my daughter bedroom to lay her to sleep. My husband calls me in a soft voice to come over. I go over to my daughters room to find her climbing over her climb and onto her diaper changer. I stood there stunned!! We told "no" and of course she cried and went to sleep. My now I feel like I got to get up in the middle of the night to make sure she is not climbing.

Early this morning I put my daughter on her high chair. I turn for a quick second to be amazed that my daughter is standing in her hair chair!! I was stunned once again. I am worried.

First thing my husband gonna do when he gets home is remove the diaper charger from the crib. But than whats next? I am so worried I dont want her falling out her crib and hurting herself.

Any advice ladies

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Kelsie - posted on 08/13/2010

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If she isnt a tall baby, try a pack n play for a while. Its harder to climb and it sits lower to the ground if she does fall it wouldn't be such a hard fall. Then, when you're ready try a toddler bed. My daughter sleeps on a cot at daycare and does really really well. Sometimes, I let her climb, just so she knows that it'll hurt to fall. Never high, just enough to show her she isn't invincible. Personally, I think it's good for kids to find their own limits. Good Luck!!!

Dawn - posted on 08/12/2010

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sounds like its time for a toddler bed and tighter settings on the highchair!!!

Jenny - posted on 08/18/2010

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My daughter fell out of her crib at 15 months. Not sure why she was trying to get out, we didn't see the climbing part. We thought about putting her in a toddler bed but neither of us was ready for that. She fell out once more about a month later .... my husband drilled new holes to lower the crib mattress (it was already at it;s lowest the first time). The next day when I was putting her to bed she lifted her leg and said "stuck" meaning she couldn't get it over the side.
Climbing is in their nature and we can only do our best to keep them safe! We firmly say NO any time she does something unsafe or hurtful to others. She gets it but that doesn't mean she won't try it again.

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Angie - posted on 08/24/2010

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My 18 month old has been in a toddler bed for about 5 months now and she's fine. We tuck her in at night and close the door, then, before we go to bed we open her door and put the gate up in the hallway so she can only come into our room if she wakes up (which is every night lately). Where thers's a will, there's a way. If your child wants out of the crib, they'll get out. Time for a big-kid bed! Good luck!

Tabitha - posted on 08/22/2010

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it might be time to turn it into the toddler bed where there is a small opening so she knows there is a way to get out. yes, she will be in her room and out of her crib and you have to go back and tell her to go to sleep... but that is better then her falling and getting hurt. =)

Barbara - posted on 08/22/2010

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Im guessing it might be time for a big girl bed! and do you strap her down in the high chair cause my daughter use to try that then i strapped her down for a good month and then I just forgot to and ever since then she wont stand. And what helps me is to make sure everything is ready to go before I put her in her chair. But the crib climbing my husband and I have said once she starts to climb the crib shes sleeping in a big girls bed(with sleep guards of course) we are starting to practice with day naps in a big girls bed she seems to do good! hope this helps!

Hella - posted on 08/21/2010

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Yep! We have the same issue! Robert would just get up in the high chair, and try to climb down. The same with the bed. So we decided that it is time for a big boy bed, and I think it is time for the booster seat too. I think I shouldn't push the high chair any more if he is done with it. :) I will keep you posted how it is work.

Amy - posted on 08/21/2010

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My 18 month old daughter is a big climber. She now eats all her meals at a liitle table and chairs and has been in a toddler bed since 11 months. She refused to sleep in her cot with the sides up since 8 months!

Andrea - posted on 08/19/2010

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my daughter is 18 months now and has been in a toddler bed since she was 14 months. we had gone to visit her grandma and brought her porta - crib and the 1st time she climbed out of it she luckily landed on her diaper padded bum. so that day we baby proofed the guest room we were staying in and hoped she wouldnt do it again. which she did. as soon as we got back she attempted to get out of her crib so we got her a toddler bed the next day. the 1st few nights were rough she would cry but she would just sit in the bed crying and not get out until daddy or i would go in her room. now she does great when its bed time we pick out some stuffed animals for her to take to bed that night and i say "ok bed time" as we walk over to her bed and she climbs on into bed and ill lay her down and give her a hug and kiss and sometimes she goes right to bed sometimes she stays up playing with her toys in her bed. i think shes scared to get out of bed unless someone else is in the room with her. which is sad cause shes scared but good cause she stays in bed. sounds like your daughters deffinatly ready for a toddler bed! itll take a few nights before she gets used to it. best of luck!

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i have an 18 month old boy he climbs on everything in sight chair to window ledge frightens me when he does it upstairs off his toddler bed moved him cause he climbed out of his cot as for high chair he climbout of that too he sits at a table with his sister who is 2/12 they do get up and walk around while eating but saves bumps to the head from falling from the highchair,

Sandra - posted on 08/19/2010

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my son is a shocking climber. he would open all safety gates with 12 months and undo his seatbelt and highchair buckle. the only thing i could do to make sure that he is safe, i told him how to climb in and out of his highchair safe, leave the tray up so he cant hurt himself and have a soft playmatt underneath the highchair. good luck

Lacey - posted on 08/18/2010

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my daughter is a climber... she started at nine months clombing out of her crib and is now in a toddler bed at 18 months... she love the table and the high chair... she can climb in and out of the play pen...

Amy - posted on 08/18/2010

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MY DAUGHTER IS A CLIMBER! SHE NEVER CLIMBED OUT OF HER COT BUT HAS BEEN IN A TODDLER BED FOR A FEW MONTHS NOW AND IS DOING WELL! SHE HAS HAD A FEW SLIPS IN THE BATH TUB HOWEVER TRYING TO CLIMB OUT OF IT!

Helen - posted on 08/16/2010

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yup - my son is the same, climbs all the time.

If he's on the sofa, his dads computer chair or dining chair we tell him he has to sit down, or come off, and he's quite good about that.

He hasn't started on trying to climb out off the cot at the moment. but we're reorganising his room at the moment, as I want to turn his cotbed into a bed soon - hopefully before he climbs out and hurts himself!
He's been in a 'low' chair for a while now (similar to this one: http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-3496.asp...) and when he started to climb in it himself we decided that it was time to take the tray, bar and crotch strap off and he now has his own little table for meal times and activities such as play dough or drawing.

We do take him places where he can climb, and explore doing things he can't at home which helps, as does taking him out and letting him walk.

At this age they are exploring all the new things that they can do as well as their boundaries.

good luck with all the little monkeys out there!

Debbi - posted on 08/16/2010

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We don't bother with the high chair anymore - from about 15 months, our daughter eats at her own little dining set. We bought a side table from Ikea ("Lack" side table) and two small plastic kiddy chairs. Sure, she sometimes gets up and runs around but at least I don't have to worry about her falling and hurting herself.

Kelly - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son is 17 mths, and has been climbing like that for a few months. He has an older brother who climbs and he learns from him - even climbing the stairs on the outside of the bannister. He climbs from the lazy boy chair beside the couch to the couch, he climbs in and out of his crib on his own (actually moving him to a toddler bed this weekend bc of it. He also climbs on the chairs at the table to stand up and use the computer, or climbs into his booster seat that is on a chair. He is quite good at the park with climbing ladders etc. My older son was a climber and I don't think there is anything you can do about it. Actually I think you should let it happen under watchful eye, it is good for children to learn boundries, the are testing to see the things they can do, and sometimes it is just part of their make up to climb. Just keep close and keep an eye on them.

Trina - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter is a climber too. It's weird b/c my son never was. Seems backwards to me :)). We can't leave her alone for a minute. When she is in her highchair, we keep the tray on until we get her out. That keeps her seated. Other than that, all i can suggest is baby gates. I feel bad sometimes that she can't roam the house but we have baby gates into the kitchen and back in to the bedrooms & bathroom. She can't go but so far like that. She goes into the other areas when she is with someone ONLY. I just don't want to take any chances.

Tanya - posted on 08/13/2010

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Grow eyes in the back of your head?! LOL!!!! I'm in the same predicament with my almost 18 month old. He climbs on the dining room table from the chairs and then pulls the string for the ceiling fan, Climbs up on the couch backs and jumps off to play wrestling with his bigger brother. He has also pulled a tablecloth down off a table with objects on it to get a particular object he wanted. We keep bathroom doors shut because he plays in the toilet water. So far all we can do is keep taking him off/down from where he climbs and tell him no. When we move around the furniture he knows how to make what we feel is safe into a danger zone. He's just too much. When we're tired of telling him no or redirecting him to another activity, we put him in the crib for a while which we have also had to remove everything out of his reach while he is in the crib....

Kim - posted on 08/13/2010

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my 18mth old daughter is a mega climber,she climbs on chairs,the table,the kitchen bench i even caught her in my kitchen sink the other day now that was scary,she has been in a toddler bed for 2 months now and its generally pretty good i just say goodnight to her and shut her door!

Zeneida - posted on 08/12/2010

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Dawn,

You know that was the first thing I thought about when she climb over her crib. A toddler bed!! Is she to young for a toddler bed? Some nights you catch us wrestling with us to put her into her crib..lol But in a serious note I don't want my baby to grow so fast but she's learning so quickly. Lets see how it goes?



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Tracie - posted on 08/12/2010

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Zeneida, Yes I was stunned. I also tried putting her in her chair when I go to get her food. When I came back She was standing in her high chair and Climbing onto the table. That was scary. She had unbuckled herself. I didn't put the tray on the high chair Because she has been sitting at the table with us when we eat.

Zeneida - posted on 08/12/2010

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Tracie that's adorable but frightening I'm sure you were stunned! I put my daughter on the high chair to prep her breakfast I guess she really wanted it at the moment and began to stand in her high chair and take out her hand in a give me manner. Maybe I should have her food ready than put her in her high chair. Thank You for sharing.

Tracie - posted on 08/11/2010

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We usually leave the tray to the high chair on the counter when we wash it after feeding times until the next use. My daughter usually has a set feeding schedule, she is normally hungry at the same time everyday. One day she went to the dining room and i didn't hear anything after that. I went to check on her and she had climbed into her high chair and was waiting for me to feed her, and it was about 30min earlier than when I normally star fixing her lunch.

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