baby fell out of crib

Karen - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i am posting this to help other moms avoid some of the sheer painic i went through last night. my daughter who is almost 10 months tried to climb out of her crib (wich is on the lowest setting) in the middle of the night, i woke up to a horrable screem, i don't drive and i didn't have any money on me for a cab so i diled 911 right away, when the paramedics came they assured my that babies trying to climb out of the crib and falling is extremely common. they did a quick check of my daughter and told me to monitor her over the next 48 hours for signs of loss in appetite, watch for sleepiness and dizziness and the worse sign vomiting. i know that if you read this and it does happen to you it won't help the total panic you feel but maybe you will avoid the OMG MY BABY IS GOING TO DIE feeling that i got.
and i do want some opinions about when it is time to switch to a toddler bed, i am terrified that this may happen again so i'm letting my daughter nap right now in the playpen

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Jessica - posted on 08/08/2012

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I know how youfeel. My 12 month old fell outta his crib just this morning. And the tripped out part is that I was sitting right next to the crib. I was looking at my phone for something and next second my baby is on the floor. Oh my god I was shaking sooo bad, I was just so terrified. When my baby hurts I hurt 2x more! So immediately I rushed to urgent care, breezed thru the line, becuz we were the only ones there. And they checked his head, neck, bones in his legs and arms, and they also checked his teeth. Thank the lord he was fine, but I still have to watch over him in the next 24-48 hours. Thanks to my stupid self this moment keeps replaying over and over and over, and I cry when I think about it.

Robin - posted on 12/04/2010

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I understand the terror you had when your baby fell out of her crib, but you also have to realize that babies bones are more flexible then our bones. you know cause there bones are still forming fully, so they are a lot harder to really hurt. I honestly, would not move her fully to the playpen, because then she wont get use to the fear of falling out of the crib. If she does it a few times, then she will understand that next time she falls out that it will scare her, and mommy. So she wont do it as much. I would put her in the crib during the day and pull the side up, and play with her in there, but when she tries to climb out, just tell her No No you will fall and hurt yourself, and thats not good. and do it over and over, and maybe that would help. I hope I was able to help you a a little bit.

Kristina - posted on 12/04/2010

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We actually put our daughter into a toddler bed early for that fear. In the end we took her out of the crib to quickly. By 14 months she was no longer in a crib but ended up in our bed at night because she would not sleep in her toddler bed. We had gotten rid of the crib so that was not an option. We have found with trial and error (her 10 month old brother) that if you drop the mattress to the lowest and raise the side rail to the highest while they are in it they wont be able to get out. He can actually get out of his playpen but not his bed. He is 32 inches tall and a little monkey but this has worked for us. If you remove them from their cribs to quickly as i have found for myself they get separation issues because the crib is a safe place for them in their minds and in reality is the best place for them.

Candace - posted on 12/02/2010

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To me putting a 10 month old in a toddler bed is crazy! I have two children, 1 is almost 3 years old( has been in a toddler bed since she was 2) and then the other is 10 months old... I couldnt imagine moving my child from her crib at 10 months old.. I understand the fear of the baby falling out of the crib, but she is still a baby.. I am sure there is something else that you could do to prevent her from falling out of the bed. For example take out the crib matteress and put something not so thick down. your baby might be less likely to climb out. Or if you hear your baby in the night or in the morning rustling around go in and check on her so that there wouldnt be that accident again. I hope that she is doing okay from when the paramedics came and checked on her... :)

Paul - posted on 09/12/2013

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im sorry to here about your daughter, im currently developing a product that will make sure no child or mother ever has to go thru this again. i would like to know how many mothers have had the same situation happen to them... thanks paul

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Allison - posted on 06/25/2014

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I would take her to the doctor just in case. Baby's skulls aren't as thick as ours so they can fracture easily. If you don't, just monitor her for the next 24 hours. Make sure her head isnt squishy anywhere and that she is eating and playing normally.

Nicole - posted on 10/23/2012

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Jessica, it happens to the best of us. I don't know how many times my wee one has climbed up to stand by the couch and just outta nowhere she falls. :( Makes me feel bad. Just gotta remember that they don't know what gravity is, and a baby's head is probably about the heaviest part of the body and when trying to learn balance, can be bad. Have you ever had a kitten who fell?

Susan - posted on 01/13/2011

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My son did this at the same age i was terrified but i know it happens. I wouldnt move her just yet and i would put her back into her crib. You dont want her to be afraid of it like you are. My son went back into his crib that night and he hasnt climbed out again since. They are fast learners. Also as an extra precation you can place pillows all around the outside of her crib so if she does climb out again she wont risk getting hurt.

Nicole - posted on 01/11/2011

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I put my daughter in a toddler bed of my own doing when she was 18 mths. old, but my son seems like he might be the one who does what you are all talking about. He has a mini crib and has already shaken it so hard that he broke 1 of the wheels off and we had to take off the other 3, too. I have a friend, who put all 3 of his kids in a toddler bed right after their 1st b-day's and they all go to sleep at night in their own beds just fine for him.

Robyn - posted on 12/21/2010

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A lot of people use mattress' on the floor. Its actually the Montessori method use from when baby is newborn! Its a good development tool to promote individuality. Just an idea.

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2010

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karen,
can you explain your babies crib and what items you had in it the night your little one fell out? how did your baby get up so that the rest of us moms can learn from your scary experiance?

as for me, my son is 10 mos and he learned how to pull himself up to a standing position in his crib and wouldn't sit back down, so i got some really bix cardboard boxes and cut them open and lined the inside of his crib so he can't get to the posted. it seems to be working. i hope that helps.

Katrina - posted on 12/04/2010

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Wow its funny (well not funny literally) that you should say that. I guess my little one had a nightmare, so I went to go comfort him just like always. I didnt plug the nightlight up so it was pitch black when I went in there. I started to bend over in the crib and ran right into him. He was standing up waiting on me. He is only 9 months old. I mean I knew he would probably be ready to stand up but not so soon. I was just glad the lights werent on and he didnt try to climb out. And like your daughter's crib his is on the lowest setting too.

Stefanie - posted on 12/04/2010

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I was told to keep them in the crib.. and remove everything that they can use to climb with (bumpers) (blankets)... my setting is 2 inches from the floor so there is no way for him to get out now.

Leah - posted on 12/04/2010

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i would just say that if she is getting out of her crib at 10 months that her crib rails arent high enough and i would look into another crib. they shouldnt be able to get out that early. my 10 month old is on her 2nd setting on her crib and couldnt get out if she tried. also if you have a bumper in her crib take it out and anything that she could bunch up and climb on.

Joumana - posted on 12/04/2010

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i have the same fear everyday that my baby will fall out of her crib..my daughter is almost same age but i dont know whats the solution now,she tries to climb and lower her head for outside the bed,toddler bed?isnt it too early?and it can fall also from it

Chelsea - posted on 12/03/2010

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I put my oldest in a toddler bed around his first birthday! Make sure to use a gate at the door and baby proof everything! But I started him out on the floor w/ a mattress NO Pillow and just a blanket! Baby PROOF EVERYTHING LOL! as you already know. There is a bed tent that is VERY STURDY .. my sister in law had her children in cribs till they were 4 and it held them back ( and they are some hefty kids) lol so use the tent and remember you get what you pay for also! ♥ hope the little baby is well :)

Kelli - posted on 12/02/2010

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I have been considering moving my 10month old to a toddler bed but he is all over the crib right now. I would be afraid he would fall out on the open end of the bed. Plus we still have the computer in his room so I don't want him getting into that in the middle of the night. I would try putting her back in the crib to see if she tries to "escape" again. At this age they haven't figured out the concept of gravity until they test it, so maybe she learned a little lesson. If she falls out again then I would try the toddler bed and get an extra rail to put over the open space if you are afraid she will fall out in her sleep.

Kristy - posted on 11/28/2010

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I tried the toddler bed because my daugher was ready to get out the crib but she hasn't figured out how to get out of it yet so she sleeps on a mattress on the floor for now. She is crawling now so when she wakes up she wants to crawl and the mattress on the floor avoids any falls. In a few months we will put her back in the toddler bed.

Saira - posted on 11/25/2010

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i moved my oldest to a toddler bed at 10months old because he too fell out of his crib, He quickly learned to put his feet down when trying to get out of the bed. I just used one of thosemesh bed rails you can buy at the store. :) hope it helps.

Karen - posted on 11/25/2010

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no it sounds like the one you have is like the ones i was looking at, that is exsactly what i thought they would be like, to me they just seem to easy to pull down and to me they seem a little dangerous if they do get pulled down, thank you, i think i may just stick to the play pen for now, she doesn't seem to try to crawl out of it or maybe she's just afraid to try something like that again

Desire - posted on 11/25/2010

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i have a net, it may not be quite like you thinking but i find that it doesnt stop them from doing anything because they are quite easy to pull off and get tangled in. i dont use mine because of that. Maybe there are asturdier ones out there im not really sure

Karen - posted on 11/24/2010

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i don't want to put the matress on the floor, i figure that a toddler bed would be less of a fall if she were to climb the rail, but i was looking on the net and you can get nets for your crb, but i'm a little ify on them, hoping i can find a few ppl who use them to get their opinion

Jen - posted on 11/22/2010

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any toddler beds i have seen dont seem to have a railing that is tall enough to prevent them from climbing over they are mostly just to keep them from rolling out of bed..maybe consider a matress on the floor..if u find a better bed idea..let me know..i have a feeling ill be having the same issue shortly

Joumana - posted on 12/04/2010

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i have the same fear everyday that my baby will fall out of her crib..my daughter is almost same age but i dont know whats the solution now,she tries to climb and lower her head for outside the bed,toddler bed?isnt it too early?and it can fall also from it

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