18 months old and climbs out of his crib

Roxanne - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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ok so my son is 18 months old and climbs out of his crib already... would it be to soon to put him in a big boy bed or should igive it a try?

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Amy - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son climbed out of his crib at 18 months, also. I just turned the crib around backward so the lowest side is to the wall. He can't climb out now, and I don't have to worry about him getting up in the night and running around, as he would do if he was in a toddler bed. I have thought about putting him in a toddler bed, but he can already open doors, so he would be free to run the house, if we didn't hear him get up. Too scary for me to think about at this point.

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Amanda - posted on 08/19/2010

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Our daughter crawled / fell out of her crib this week. We immediately changed the crib to a toddler bed. It's much lower then a regular bed. So far, so good. We are not worried about her falling now. Phew!

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2010

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Our daughter just crawled out of her crib this week. We immediately changed her crib to a toddler bed. It's a lot lower then a regular bed and we are not worried about her falling. So far, so good.

Roxanne - posted on 08/18/2010

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thanx for all the advice everyone... he's been doing really good in his big boy bed... and you no what else i've been doing that has really been helping... he did so good on his bed i bought him his diego bed set that he's been wanting since it is his favourite show and he doesn't wanna get out of the bed... rewards do help guys

Diane - posted on 08/18/2010

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my daughter did the same thing and now i have her sleeping in a toddler bed because i was afraid of her getting hurt. it might take some time to get them used to sleeping in it but it is rewarding for them.

Camille - posted on 08/18/2010

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Yeah my daughter can climb out of her crib. I never leave her in there, I run to it when she wakes up, because I'm worried she'll break a leg or something. But there's always that one time you're doing laundry or don't get there fast enough for some reason. So I'm probably going to buy a big kid bed soon. People have told me they got their kids beds around a year and a half to 2 years so it's not that early for it.

Tracey - posted on 08/18/2010

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my eighteen month daughter fell out of her cot the other night she has a bump she got such a fright as i did that she got sick all over taught she was hurt but she was fine thank god hasnt done it since but if she does going to put her in toddler bed hopefully she wont for awhile not ready for that just yet

Cristina - posted on 08/18/2010

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My daughter has not climbed out yet but I forsee it in the near future. People have recommended getting a twin mattress and putting it up against the wall that way if they roll off no big deal. I think bed time is going to get a lot harder for us once Abigail is in a big girl bed, she will simply get out :) Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 08/18/2010

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I moved my son into a big boy bed when he was 15 months old because he met the height and weight requirements (he's 33 lbs and 2'11" at 19months) He knows when it's bed time he needs to lay in bed and go "night night" and doesn't normally get up and run around.... just make sure your firm with it, let him know what the rules are and enforce them. Every time he gets up, go back in and lay him down. EVERY time.

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We have our now 19 month old in a toddler bed, he transitioned wonderfully. Word of advice, though, if you don't want him "on the loose"... use a walk-through child gate to keep him in his room at night time.

Shara - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son used to cry every night at bedtime until we changed him from a crib to the "day bed" with side rails and now he just climbs into bed when its bed time and sleeps through the night! I absolutely reccomend giving him a "big boy bed"!

JENNA - posted on 08/16/2010

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My oldest was in a 'big boy bed' by 13 months and my second was in a 'big boy bed' by 15 months. They have done just fine with it. They prefer to sleep on their beds. We just put a twin sized mattress on the floor until they got use to it, then moved the mattress onto a boxspring (still on the floor) Now, we have one of each in the boys' room & they love it.

Roxanne - posted on 08/16/2010

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well my son has done amazing and thank you for all the good advice... i thought i would have trouble converting him but he's been sooo good...

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My 18mo has climbed out of her crib once, about 3 weeks ago. My in-laws had kept her while we went out and when we got back she climbed out to get to us. She hasn't done it since so we decided to wait until she does it again to move her to a toddler bed. I don't think 18 months is too soon though. I just know my daughter would not stay in her bed yet if we put her in a toddler bed, so we're hoping she can make it until she's closer to 2 before we have to convert her crib.

Amanda - posted on 08/15/2010

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Mine twin daughters right now are still in their cribs, and haven't figured out how to climb out yet. I know there are lots of parents who have the kids in toddler beds at 18 months, so it might be worth a try. Im going to wait until mine are climbing out of the crib before I switch mine to a toddler bed. The worst thing that could happen is that you try the toddler bed and it doesn't work out yet. Then you just have to go back to the crib. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 08/15/2010

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my daughter is in a toddler bed (convertable crib) and she does just fine, i had to get a step stool from target and attach it to the crib cause it was still a little too tall for her to get into but it works great, we have the safety net across the side so that she can only get out by the steps and then we have a baby gate at the door of her room so if she get out of bed she cant wander arround.

the best thing to do is to not give in, if he gets out say "no" and "say time for bed" and put him back. If you can get him to tell him to "get into bed" (this doesnt work all the time and i have to help her in occationaly).

it took me one nap time and one bed time to get her to stay in her bed. She didnt sleep that first nap time because she kept coming out - but i made sure that i let her out only when she was actually in the bed. otherwise she would have thought she won.

Kerry - posted on 08/14/2010

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My little girl is 19 months and we have just put her in a single bed - one of the bestthings we have done to be honest, she sleeps so much better, she goes to bed at 8 and wakes up at 7 every morning. Your little one has outgrown his cot by the sounds of it, the same as our little girl did, so i would definately say try it x

Colorfulaura - posted on 08/12/2010

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one more thing (haha) closing the door is best for safety . If there is a fire your child is safer in a room with a shut door. Just for your info :)

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2010

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We put our son into a toddler bed at 16 months (at the same time we took away his bedtime pacifier). We have a convertible crib, so all we had to do was take off the front panel. He's done pretty well, except that he's taken to sleeping on the floor instead of in bed at all. Oh well, it's his choice and at least he's sleeping!

Colorfulaura - posted on 08/12/2010

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I am moving mine into his big boy bed for that reason - just make sure everything in the room is safe - we have him moving rooms and still need to secure the bookcase to the wall. Then he will be in there. He won't get up at night but will sometimes right after being put to bed and in the morning he gets out so he is ready! I have heard some people push it long though by getting a crib tent to put on top. But either way you can't keep him in the crib because he could hurt himself climbing out one of these days! My son will be going to a twin bed. OH and one more thing - make sure you are using a monitor or can hear him and you shut the door so he doesn't get up and roam the house. Use a childproofing item on the knob so he can't leave his room. But that doesn't mean if he gets up and cried you should go running - usually they will ditty around a bit and go back to bed :) If you go in it will only make the transition harder. GL!

Angela - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son is 19 mths now as of the 7th. He climbed out of his crib a few times and the last time he fell and knocked the breath out of him so I decided it was time to move into the toddler bed. The first night was terrible he was up all night and pulled every toy he owns out and all the clothes out of his dresser and threw them into the floor. But since then hes done great. I do put a gate in his doorway to keep him in his room just so he cant ramble to other parts of the house and I still use his monitors so I know hes just fine. I think my mistake the first night was leaving the night light on. Now I turn it off until he goes to sleep then I turn it back on in case he gets up. Good luck!

Ally - posted on 08/12/2010

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Our 19mo son has never slept in a crib--he slept in our bed, he slept on a mattress on the floor, and now he sleeps in a toddler bed pushed up next to ours. Unless you use your crib as a containment system, it just isn't a big deal. Plenty of babies around the world never see a crib.

Donna - posted on 08/12/2010

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We are having the same problem. Everyone has told us to put him in a big boy bed. So that is what we are going to try.

Kathy - posted on 08/12/2010

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I would try putting a twin or toddler mattress on the floor so then you don't have to worry about him falling or climbing out of bed.

Lynette - posted on 08/11/2010

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Our daughter sleeps on a crib mattress that I placed on the floor beside our bed. She has been doing this for the past few mo. She is 19mo now

Deborah - posted on 08/10/2010

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My son sleeps in a "sleep sack" it serves 2 purposes..he can't kick it off during the night and wake up b/c he is cold and he can't climb out of his crib while wearing it.

Eva - posted on 08/10/2010

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My daughter decided it was time on her own as well. One morning she was ready to get up, so she climbed out of her crib. Scared me to death. Anyway, her crib transitions into a toddler bed, so we did that. Well that didn't work either, her bed was apparently too small, she started sleeping really crappy, so after two weeks we put a twin box spring and mattress on the floor in her room with a safety rail. And she loves it. Sleeps like a champ. She can get in and out with no problem and enough room to move without falling out.

Marissa - posted on 08/10/2010

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You are lucky! Maybe climbing out of the crib is a toddler's way of telling us they're ready for that toddler bed! Hmmm, guess I just better wait on her to climb out. I just hope it doesn't hurt too much!

Roxanne - posted on 08/10/2010

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i guess im just lucky because i put him in his toddler bed and he did amazing... no problem what so ever and he sleeps soo well in it..

Marissa - posted on 08/10/2010

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We already tried moving our daughter to a toddler bed because I feared the day she would climb out and hurt herself...that was a no go. She wanted nothing to do with it. To get her to take a nap, I had to lie down with her while she cried herself to sleep. Then she only slept 30 minutes - when her naps are usually 2-3 hours. Then that night she woke up at 1 am and would not go back to sleep! Needless to say, she is back in her crib until she makes it crystal clear to me that she is ready! She still has the toddler bed and crib both in her room! lol

Roxanne - posted on 08/07/2010

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thank you ladies... we're picking uphis racecar bed today that he chose out so hopefully since we're getting him involved he'll deal with the change better i hope...

Lisa - posted on 08/06/2010

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I wish my son climbed out of the crib...he climbs INTO the crib...kinda bizzare, but I moved him to a big boy bed just because I was ready to get him used to that. So it wouldn't bad if you did. Just set your rules and boundries when it comes to sleeping and roaming, Good luck with the bed changing :)

Jodi - posted on 08/06/2010

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I am dreading the day our son climbs out of his crib, but I feel that once they start doing that, it's time for the toddler bed. I already have one of those race car beds ready for when that time comes for us, and I would keep it up against the wall with a safe guard rail. It's low enough that if he does roll out somehow, he would be okay. I just dread him having the ability to run around the room, epecially since ours shares our room and I don't want him getting into stuff.

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