2.5 YO climbing out of crib

Sara - posted on 09/27/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 30 months and just started climbing out of her crib this week but we aren't ready to move her to a toddler bed yet. We were thinking about buying a crib tent but not sure if it would work. Has anyone had any good or bad luck with one? Thanks

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Sara - posted on 12/09/2010

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We moved our daughter out of the crib back in October and she's been happy and safe ever since. The crib mattress is on the floor but she normally pulls a few pillows and blankets and sleeps next to the door. She rarely climbs into the queen bed. So glad we didn't waste the money on the crib tent!

Hayley - posted on 12/08/2010

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PS... the only reason we used a tent up to 9 months was to keep the cat OUT of the crib.

Hayley - posted on 12/08/2010

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We used a tent for our daughter up to 9 months when she started crawling out of her crib. At that point we moved her to a toddler bed. I would agree with Nancy that she'd likely figure out how to open it up and get out anyways. At this point it's really best to move her to a toddler bed and let her be independent in her room. Perhaps it's time to move the guest bed out of her room. You need to make the room safe for her when she's alone.... it's time for her to move on. It's really not safe to keep her in a crib at this point.

Sara - posted on 10/02/2010

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Her room is really the guest room so there is a high queen bed in there. Allowing her out of her crib at this point is allowing her access to that too. I'm afraid that she'll jump on it and hurt herself falling off or something. She is a climber and I don't think she's ready (mature enough) to have the freedom to roam her room alone at this point.

Nancy - posted on 09/30/2010

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well, you could pu a tent on the crib if you want her "caged-in" for some reason, but at her age it's probably more dangerous to use something like that that she can figure out how to partially take off and then hurt herself trying to get out. If you are not ready for a big girl bed yet, just leave the rail down on one side of the crib and teach her the safe way to climb out, rather than her toppling over the end. It will work the same as if you had a toddler or twin bed with a side rail...it will keep her in the crib safely at night, allowing her to roll over without falling out, but make it safer to climb out of. If she is getting up too early for you in the am, and that's why you want to use a crib tent to keep her in bed, why not put a safety gate in her doorway instead? If her room is "safe", you can teach her to quietly play with toys or look at books in her room until you are ready for her to come out.

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