Crib vs. toddler bed?

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Viv is 20 mo. now and still in her crib? WHen should we be converting her bed to a toddler bed?

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Serene - posted on 03/04/2010

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I put my son in his toddler bed @18 months. It was a wonderful choice for me because surprisely he sleeps through the night in his toddler bed better then his crib. He will be 2 on June 1st and he loves his bed. Good luck

Ashleigh - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter will be 2 on June 1st. I have decided to wait to convert her crib to a toddler bed. I am going to keep her in her crib as long as possible. Once she starts climbing out, we will convert her for safety. She is a very active little girl, and she hates going to sleep. I understand that she can't stay in a crib forever, but I don't want to have to deal with her coming out of her room during the night until I absolutely have to.

Erin - posted on 03/04/2010

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Update on my daughter - it's been 8 days today (we started last Thursday) in the toddler bed. She still gets out when we first put her in (we sit outside her bedroom and wait for it) about 5-10 times - we tell her it is time to go to bed and put her back. She then stays in there, falls asleep and sleeps through the night. Same with naps - sleeps the whole 2-3 hrs after she's down. I do see the times getting shorter though and it's fun when in the morning I can stay in my room and she comes to my room to get me up - ha. Love it. We didn't do a pillow, but I found "tucking in the blankets" helps her out. If anyone has a toddler pillow, would love to know where you got it and if your chid liked it better.

Jeana - posted on 03/03/2010

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We tried our son in a toddler bed when he was between 12-15 months old, it didn't work. He would always get up after we lay him down, and it was getting late before he would go to sleep. So we set the crib back up, and finally tried again around 24 months. Once he realized that was what he was suppose to do he was fine, and he has been ever since. It all depends on how your child is, and what they and you prefer.

Rachel - posted on 03/03/2010

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I agree with those who say it depends on the individual.. My daughter is 21 months and still in her cot.. She is and always has been a great sleeper so i feel very lucky in that respect but i dont see any reason to put her in a bed yet.. she cant climb out it's on the lowest setting and she's safe... Go with your instincts people.. you know your child better than anyone else! whichever decision you make must be the right one for you.
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Megan - posted on 03/02/2010

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I say leave them in a cot for as long as possible! Once they are in a bed they have the freedom to get up (which some children take advantage of more than others!). As soon as they start trying to climb out of the cot, put them in a bed so they don't fall. In a cot you always know where they are than that they are safe! My son is still in a cot, and my 2 eldest were in their cots until well after 2.

Wendy - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is now 20 mths old and has been in his toddler bed now for a month and done great with it right away. My older son started his toddler bed when he was around the same age. They both did great with it. I think as long as they are walking and they can climb they are good for the toddler bed.

Jen - posted on 03/02/2010

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Cody, my 20 month old, likes to climb on and off the couch and gets his legs, specifically his knees, stuck in the bars of the crib. I have one of those cribs that converts. So the first stage is a normal crib. Then stage 2 is where you leave it the same but take the front part off the crib and replace it with a something that has a space in it for them to crawl in and out of the crib but would keep them from rolling off at night. Then stage 3 is a double bed. So I'm guessing Stage 2 would be the closest thing to a toddler bed? I'm definitely contemplating switching it. Wish me luck!! Oh, and I hope I can find all the parts to it!!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/02/2010

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We put our daughter in toddler bed at 18 months and she does great. We did for two reasons, first...she has a baby sister expecting and we wanted that transtition to be the only thing new in her life for a bit. Not to worry about a new bed at the same time. Also...her foot could reach over the top and that scared the crud out of me. We are blessed that she doesn't fight sleep times. We have always had her on a schedule with a bed and nap time routine, that helps a lot! We put a baby gate up in the hallway so now when she wakes up, she can stay in her room or come in ours. Thats it. Works well. She wakes me up when she's ready. :)

Kendra - posted on 03/01/2010

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My oldest daughter is now 5 ( actually today!!) , but she started sleeping in a toddler bed when she turned 2, and now my youngest is 21months and I am debating on whether I should get a toddler bed for her. My only problem is that Vaida ( the baby) is VERY active and I am quite positive that she would get up and out whenever her little heart contented. I am sure you will know when it is time for you and your Viv to be in a " big girl bed"..

Jen - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son was in his crib til he was two, he showed interest in the toddler bed we owned so we moved him then. My little girl is 21 months, she sleeps in the toddler bed at grandmas, but does not want to at home. She is still in the crib and I don't think we will move her til she shows more interest at home!!

Julie - posted on 02/28/2010

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with my son he learn to climb out of his crib even on the lowest setting and i felt more better to switch him to toddler bed and we did that at 12months and he loves it and sleep better. my som never slept through the nite until i got in his toddler bed. yay mommy get to sleep.now we are thinking of getting him a twin sz bed because he alway hitting his head on the side of his firetruck bed. i think by two year you should get her a toddler bed unless she can climb out of you crib because that alonger way down then a toddler bed

Dawn - posted on 02/28/2010

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Well, I know this is a topic of much debate. And I agree that ultimately it depends on the child and how ready you are for early mornings. My daughter is just about 21 months and she has been sleeping in a toddler bed since she was 12 months old. She and my son (who is now 34 months) were sharing a room at the time and she did not like being in a crib while he was in a toddler bed. Yes, the downfall is that your child can get out of the bed and roam around, but it is so much easier and my children have a sense of independence. As of next week, they will have their own rooms and I am not sure how they are going to like being separated since they are only 13 months apart and very close. Honestly, they now they sleep in full and queen beds. Their room(s) are child proofed and I have the door locks on the outside of the door so they can't lock themselves in. I also have door knob things on the inside so they can't open the door. They do play with the light switch occasionally, but I'm ok with that (for the most part). I know that now that they have been taken out of a crib and toddler bed, they can't go back. My son refuses to give up his queen bed and share the full with his sister so that the grandparents would have a place to sleep.....the either have to share HIS bed or sleep on the sofa. I hope this helped. Good luck.

Hollie - posted on 02/28/2010

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We moved our youngest to a toddler bed when he was 15 months old. That's when he first attempted to climb out. The layout of the boys' room was such that if he had managed to climb out and fall, he would have hit a VERY sharp corner of my older son's bed. So, to avoid disaster we took down the crib and put up the toddler bed. I will not lie...the first couple of weeks were hard as he loved his new found freedom! We are now struggling with getting him out of the toddler bed and onto the bottom bunk of the bunkbed...any suggestions for that? Good Luck with your little girl!

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My daughter was in a toddler bed when she was 14 months because I was due with my son 3 months later and needed the crib!! But plus we didn't want to move her closer to him being born cause we didn't want her to feel like she was being kicked out, and my son has been in his toddler bed since he was 16 months. All kids are different, we still do things for my son that my daughter was done with long before now, so it's all good.

Pamela - posted on 02/27/2010

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I am hoping to keep my 20 month old in he cripb as long as she will stand it, only because I don't want her roaming around the house -- my husband and I are very sound sleepers! My first daughter crawled out of her crib at 18 months (actually on the day I found out I was pregnant again ... lol, hubby came home and I told him she decided she decided big sisters didn't need cribs!). But we put a gate on the oldest's room door to keep her contained, but then had a problem "teaching" her to respect the limits without the imposed limit of the gate. I am hoping #2 stays in the crib long enough to be safe if she leaves the room and not have to put more gates up.

CORINA - posted on 02/27/2010

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My 20 months girl is still in her crib, but I think she is ready to change to her bed...she likes to climb on the bed and lays and play...It is really me that doesn't decide to put her...just having the sense that she's going to come down several times at night...disturbing my sleep...think so...

Jenna - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter is 20 months and she has been in a toddler bed for about 2 months now. She was climbing out of her crib and I was scared she would get hurt so we switched her over. Sometimes I wish she was still in her crib though because now when I put her down for nap and she is not wanting to take a nap she gets out of her bed and plays. My advice is if she isn't trying to climb out and she is still sleeping good in her crib wait as long as you can! Good Luck!

Crystal - posted on 02/27/2010

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my daughter is 20 monthis this month and she has been in a toddler bed since she was 14 months old. she has always had a great bedtime routine (well since 6 months on) and since 6 months has laid down for bedtime at 8. we just swiched out the crib for a bed one day and let her play we played pick a boo with the bed covers and things like that so she could get aquanted with the bed. the first couple nights were kinda rough in and out of bed but after about night 3 or 4 she stayed in her bed. now at 20 months and going strong with her toddler bed.

Nicola - posted on 02/27/2010

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ok well she trieds to climb but not fully as we get there before she gets out fully

Nicola - posted on 02/27/2010

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I would want to put my 20 month old daughter Kymberlea into a bed cos she won't go to bed nicely at night anymore would it be easier to move 1 of the rails and leave 1 rail on for a few weeks and then move the other rail and see how she goes or go straight to a bed??

My daughter goes to bed between 7pm-8pm and wakes up throught out the night for no apparent reason could it be cos she wants a big girl's bed? Does anybody know? This is my first child so i don't know any of the signs.

Ashlee - posted on 02/26/2010

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i think the longer in a cot the better children around the 20 month age do not fully understand the concept of staying in a bed and all it takes is one fall out of bed and their goes your whole bed time routine, i don't understand how a todler can climb out of a cot either i am sure the bars are a standard height, i have a very tall 21month old and he sleeps in his boori sleigh cot and could not climb out of it if his life depended on it don't make children grow up too fast.

Tia - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter is also 20mos old. I would like to convert her crib into a daybed but, not until she is 2. She is still a little wiggle worm & it makes me nervous!

Erin - posted on 02/26/2010

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So because of this post and all that responded, I decided to try it yesterday. I had total success. I have the forever bed so removed the crib rails and put on the toddler rails. My 20 mo old daughter was so excited (I let her help). She kept getting in and out and playing in it. So I did this before her nap, read a bunch of books and then had her get out of her bed about 20 times and put her back in. I then slept on a pillow next to the bed and told her it was nap time and she settled down and slept. When she woke, she just called for me and didn't even get out of it. Last night my husband (who was shocked I did this) did her bath and was going to read to her, but she got in her bed and said "goodnight daddy". Now she did get up 3 times after, but I put her in each time, told her it was bedtime and then the last time laid down beside her till she drifted off. She didn't get up all night. When she woke in the am, she called for me and I came to get her. She's napping in it again today right now. I again had to lay down beside her so I figure it will take a few days, but she's not leaving the bed so I think that is success. It's so darn cute too. What a big girl.

Julie - posted on 02/26/2010

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Well my daughter is 20 months old and I love that I put her in the toddler bed, She has her freedom, but knows she isn't allowed out of her room unless Mom or Dad are there. It also puts my mind at ease so not to worry about her finally getting that last part of her leg over the top of the crib and her falling 3 feet instead of 6 inches. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son is 20 months, and I tried the toddler bed a few weeks ago and it was a nightmare. In his bed he would sleep from 11pm to somewhere around 8am. When he was in the toddler bed he would get up at 4am and not go back to sleep. I think it was too much freedom for him, he knew he could get out so he would. Good luck!

Sheena - posted on 02/25/2010

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It really depends on you and your child. Madison is 20 months and we decided to go from the crib directly to a twin bed when she turned 19 months. We have the safety rails on each side and a step stool at the end of the bed. Though she seems to only use the step stool to get in the bed and when she gets out she holds on the the rail and slides out of bed. It's been a month now since she has been in the twin bed and its going very well! Good luck with your transition.

Veronique - posted on 02/25/2010

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My 20 month old daughter has been in a toddler bed since she's 13months. We were expecting another baby so we went to buy a toddler bed to see how she would react or if we had to buy another crib. Well she was so excited as we were putting the bed toghether so we put the crib mattress on the bed and tried it the 1st night and she loves it and didn't fall out of bed. So ever since then she's been in her big girl bed. We even tried just for fun to put her in the crib once for a nap and she freak out so we took her out. I think it all depend on the kid. They'll pretty much let you know what and when the ready for something.

Alyson - posted on 02/25/2010

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Cerys still sleeps in her cot when at home but she stays at my Mums she has a junior bed - she's fine in both!! I'm going to wait another few months before I put hers down to a bed at home though. My nephew is nearly 3 and his cot has only just been converted to a bed... I think Jessica is right it depends on the child. I will be putting a gate on Cerys' room door when we do convert as we don't sleep on the same floor of the house!

Kerry - posted on 02/25/2010

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hii put my son kyle in his baby bed on his 1st birthday n brought a bed guard 4 it n he loved it, but my twin daughters they r 2 in june n i still got them in their cots at moment i do want 2 get them in the beds but i got 2 buy the bed guards 1st n get the stair gate on their bedroom door. its up2 u when u put ur kid in the baby bed cuz ur the 1 that knows when ur child is ready 2 sleep in a bed.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2010

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we just put our daughter in a toddler bed this month...she is 20months...she never managed to climb out of it on her own...we just had a major issue with her going to bed...she would scream and cry as soon as it came time to brush her teeth in the evening, she knows her routine very well...it would take her forever to fall asleep once we got her in the crib...now with the todd bed things have gotten much much easier, she doesnt get upset when her bedtime comes...she waves bye to you and climbs in bed, occassionly she will sit up in her bed an play with her bear that she sleeps with rather than go to sleep...i allow her to do for a half hour as long as she is being quite and is not getting out of bed...the transition was easy...but we also let her "help" with putting the bed together, making it up, taking down the crib...she was soooooooooo excitied when she climbed in it for the first time....she also does not come out of her room unless we open her door...she waits for us to come and tell her that bed time is over...we still use a monitor in her room, but that is mainly for my ease and nothing more, i still like to be able to know when she is awake or not...

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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I switched my son to a toddler bed when he was 19 months and it was soo easy I was amazed at how well he adjusted to it, I just put a pillow on the floor infront of the bed so if he were to fall out it wouldn't hurt he only fell out maybe 2 times. I think if you want to try its not a bad idea.

Latonya - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son is 20 months and a WILD sleeper. For that reason, the rails stay up. He climbs well in and out of chairs. I have a very high bed and he's been climbing out of it before he started walking. He would hold on to the sheets. LOL! But, because he sleeps wild, I'm not ready for him to fall into the floor at night yet.



Mom, it's up to you. Do what is best for your child?

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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I've read that if they aren't trying to crawl out of the crib then its safest to leave them in there till at least two, but it just depends on the kid, my friends boy wasn't trying to crawl out of bed but would move around so much in his crib he would get his legs stuck and his knees would get banged up. so they moved him to a toddler bed.

Alexis - posted on 02/24/2010

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both my kids entered a normal single bed at 18 months, my eldest is now 3 and my youngest is now 20months. i didnt use rails or stoppers, just the cot mattress on the floor next to the bed, both only fell out once. i couldnt see waisting money on a toddler bed when a single was just as good. converting them to a bed/toddler is about the child him/herself i noticed at around the 18month mark for both my children they were trying to climb out of the cot, if u feel ready and you think your child may be ready then go for it. bare in mind its time consuming and frustrating attempting the transition. mine took 3 nights to complete.
good luck

Erin - posted on 02/24/2010

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Great question - I was wondering the same thing. I haven't tried it yet and think it could work at night, but what about nap time? Let me know if you go get a toddler bed if it worked for both night and nap.

Bethanie - posted on 02/23/2010

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I don't see a reason to rush it. Like other moms have said, if they start to climb out of their crib, then it may be time to convert it. My son is 19.5 months and is still in his crib and I like it that way! He is a wonderful sleeper and doesn't try to climb out so I'm going to leave him in there for a while yet. I don't like the idea of him being able to get out of his bed and I know he won't fully understand yet that he's not supposed to. I'm shooting more for around the time that he is being potty trained so, between 2-2 1/2.

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2010

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We let my older son have a toddler bed a few weeks before his first birthday. He was ready to be in a "big boy bed" and listen about not getting out. We never had any issues. My younger son however is no where near being ready. He is 21 mo. and he will be lucky if I let him out of a crib before he's 10! LOL. I think it depends on the child and also your house layout. There were no stairs for Logan to get to and no access to the kitchen or bathroom with out having to undo gates. We do still use a monitor in his room though, just because it makes me feel better to be able to hear if he is getting up.

Leisa - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have my 20 month old in a toddler bed for the past 3 months. She is doing fabulous!!! I would say go for it. It lets them have more grown up feelings. She likes being a big girl and goes to bed a lot better for us.

Antonia - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter has just gone 20 months old and I've moved her to a normal sized single bed 5 nights ago. I moved her because I needed the cot for my 10 week old son who is too big for his moses basket and like you I was worried about the transsion what with the new baby, potty training and everything else going on. It was the best move I ever made, I put a stairgate on her door so that she does not get up in the middle of the night and hurt herself, the first night I sat by her bed because that was what I'd read on several forums, I did this for about 2 hours but she was just playing. When I left her room, she came to the gate, called me, gave me a kiss and walked straight back to her bed and asked me to put her in bed. The next night I put her to bed as I usually do, night bottle, into bed, kiss on the head and walked out - she was asleep within 15 minutes. I'd suggest whatever bed time routine you have, stick to it when you move your daughter. On our single bed, you can take the legs off which was an option for us to stop her from falling out but this was not necessary in our case. Good luck!

Brittany - posted on 02/23/2010

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it depends on the kid. We brought home a twin bed for our spare bedroom and my daughter saw it and said "My new bed". So we tried it out that night for her without the stand and she slept better and longer than normal. It was way more comfy than a crib bed. It seems so big for her so we just surround her with her stuffed animals and tuck the blankets in so she won't fall out. Its been a month now and she stays in bed still till we come and get her. Also take your kid to the store to pick out her own sheets and that helps.

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I think it really depends on your child. My son climbed out of his crib at 13 months and so we made the crib into a toddler bed. Shortly after, we bought a twin bed and a rail and he sleeps in that. We lay down with him when he goes to sleep (we coslept until 3 wouldn't fit onto a queen) and he does great. We put up a baby gate at his doorway so he can't come out until we get him.

Priya - posted on 02/23/2010

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My little girl is 20.5 months and has been in a full size single bed for a few weeks. She's not quite managing the entire night uninterrupted but it means i can go in and settle her quite quickly as it's a lot easier to lie in the bed with her. We were having a lot of issues with her wanting to come out oif her cot and into our room and bed at night as she now has a little baby bro who sleeps in my room. I've used the babydan wooden bed guard which is great - it allows her to get out of bed if she wants but not to fall out when she's moving around in her sleep. The other side of the bed is against the wall so no worries there. I do think it's a big coming of age thing and has certainly helped my little darling settle into her role as big sis:) Good luck.

Brandi - posted on 02/22/2010

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I have twins, so whenever they don't fit anymore...I'm thinking 4 or 5. Just kidding!!! :)

Samantha - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son is in a Single Bed and has been for 6 months but every child is different its what they and you will be comfortable with!!

Donna - posted on 02/22/2010

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We put my daughter into her toddler bed at 19 months, because she was trying to climb out of her crib, and I worried she would get hurt. I will be honest, the first two weeks were horrible. As soon as she would wake up, she would jump out of bed and go to the door. Luckily, she doesn't know how to work doorknobs yet, but we would hear her, go in, put her in bed, etc. This would happen about 12 times a night! Then, the novelty wore off, and now, not only does she stay in her bed, but some mornings, she gets up and plays and keeps herself safely occupied for a 10 minutes or so, giving me some extra sleep time. Just make sure her room is completely baby-proof.

Jackie - posted on 02/22/2010

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I agree with the first person who responded-that it all depends on your child. We just switched our son to a toddler bed two nights ago and he's 20 months old. He is doing very well with it. At first I was afraid he'd get up in the morning and just start playing with his toys and I wouldn't know he was up...but both days he has let me know he's awake by knocking on his door as soon as he wakes up. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/22/2010

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i kept my daughter in her crib intil she was older then 2. i was told by my mom if she cant climb out leave her in it as long as u can. my son is 19mths and he is still in his crib too. id keep her in her crib as long as u can :)

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