Fear of moving my toddler from crib to Toddler bed

Autumn - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is two years old and crawls out of her crib. So i am considering moving her to a toddler bed but how am i going to keep her in her new bed?

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Rebecca - posted on 04/10/2010

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My daughter went from cot to normal size single bed a few months ago. She will be 2 in may. The first thing i did was get her excited about the new bed by taking her to buy a quilt cover that she liked. Then i started off with just putting her in her 'big girl' bed for day naps then when she was comfortable with that i put her in her bed for the night too. We then moved the cot out of her room and she was fine! If she ever got out of bed i would just say no its sleep time and take her back. She soon learnt that i would keep putting her back to bed so now she stays there. Goodluck

Becky - posted on 04/10/2010

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We are getting a regular bed for my daughter when we get our tax refund. I will leave the crib up for about a week to transition her, but baby #2 is coming in August and I'm trying to avoid any conflict. I'll try and let you know how it goes!

Kristin - posted on 04/09/2010

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You just keep putting her back into it. Supernanny has a pretty good method for this. Good luck.

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Vianca - posted on 07/26/2012

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hi, I put my kid on a bed when he was 15 months. No bed rails need it, theres is this baby safety bed belt that helps the transition crib-bed . I found it on ebay under the description BABY DREAMS -Safety bed belt for babies. Great deal ! they can move while sleeping, the safety belt just stops the baby come close to the edge of the bed. In my experience best thing ever, didn´t have to buy travel cribs or anything. We travel a lot so the safety belt was great for traveling is compatible with any type of bed.

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Honestly what we did was start out with putting the toddler bed in her room too that way her regular bed isn't going anywhere yet but she can get used to the idea of sleeping in her toddler bed...if she can't escape baby gates yet then what we did with our now 17mo is put a baby gate in her doorway that way if she gets out of bed she cannot go exploring around the house while we are sleeping. Our daughter took right to her new bed but some don't so give it time. Sometimes we do have to lay her down more than once, but we also removed the toys from her room so that she doesn't stay up to play with them.

Bethan - posted on 11/25/2011

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We put our 2 year old in a cot bed a few weeks ago, she still has a bed guard but its not hight like the bars and it has a gap at the bottom where she can get in and out. We made a big fuss about it saying wow look at ur new big girls bed and we got her a new duvet with a big teddy bear on it. She kept getting out at 1st but super nannys 3 step rule worked wonders. Now when shes been bathed and changed for bed she runs into her nursery herself and gets in her bed and asks me to turn the light off so fingers crossed weve cracked it, good luck x x x

Lexi - posted on 09/20/2011

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As my pediatrician said, better to have the kid fall asleep in their toy box then break a bone climbing out of the crib! We put our sons crib mattress on the floor when he was about 14 months old and trying to climb out. He loved feeling like a big boy. There were nights he would keep getting up and fall asleep in front of the door and mornings I'd wake up to his toys strewn everywhere in his room, but his room was totally toddler proofed so he was safe at least. He is two now and we have a baby latch on the inside of the door to keep him from wandering the rest of the house if he wakes up before us ( I usually hear him wake up but just on the slim chance I might not some morning). If you don't want to latch or close the bedroom door it might take a little longer and a couple days or weeks of putting her back in bed every time she gets up but if you're consistent she'll learn quickly to stay in bed.

Wendy - posted on 09/13/2011

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My son was 18months when we moved him to a normal size bed. he fell out of the crib twice while trying to climb out, so we decided it would be safer in a bed. My husband made a rail for the side of the bed so he could'nt roll out of bed, but he could climb off at the bottom of the bed where we put a step for him. This worked very well for him. At bed time i put him down, turned the lights out and close his bedroom door, so it would be dark and he knew it was sleep time. I also have block out curtains for the day time naps. I find if it is light he is more likely to climb out of bed.... I suppose it may be more of a problem for you if he is afraid of the dark, but fortunately my son has always slept with the lights out. My daughter always had a night light on, and slept in the crib much longer. Fortunately, once she was in bed she stayed there.

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I put my oldest daughter in a twin bed since she was 21 months. Of course we put it on the floor until she was able to get in and out of i safely, but after about 2-3 weeks of having to keep putting her back in bed, she got the idea and for the main part, stays in it now and she is 3.

Liz - posted on 04/14/2010

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We just recently moved our b/g twins into their toddler beds at the end of last month ( they'll be two in June). During naps it's still a bit of a struggle, but we give them a bath right before bed every night and they sleep just fine through the night in their beds.

Wendy - posted on 04/12/2010

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We moved our son into his toddler bed around the time he turned 1. He was getting very fussy being stuck in his crib. So we converted his crib to his toddler bed, and after about a month with a few extra pillows and a blanket on the floor (for the nights he either crawled out of bed or fell out some how, and didn't crawl back onto his bed he would have somewhere soft and a blanky if he chose), he was overjoyed to have the freedom to be able to get in and out of his own bed. We close his door at night, and except for the first few weeks of course, we haven't had any problems! When he gets up in the morning, he can play with his toys in his room, and when he is ready he calls for either me or dad, or knocks at his door (cant open himself yet, will put baby gate up in his doorway when he can, with arrival of next baby soon).

Kendra - posted on 04/12/2010

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We switched my son at 19 months, to a toddler bed, he was a monkey:) I didn't make any deal about it at all. Simply laid him in there one day starting at nap time and it went fine, then continued to do it at bedtime and from there on out. He had no problems what so ever and actually wouldn't get out at all. He sleeps better in his toddler bed than he ever did in his crib. I think it goes with how much they are starting to crave independence at this age. Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 04/11/2010

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i moved to son over to a single bed just before he turned 2. i throught i woudl have a problem keeping him in it and to my surprise i didnt. He loved it and only often would he get out of bed but he would play with his toys before climbing back into bed.
For the first 6months though i put a stair gate across his door so he couldnt get out of his room but hes now 3yrs and comes and gets me every morning and we sit and watch tv and have breakie before daycare.

Gemma - posted on 04/10/2010

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my daughter is 10 months and she didnt sleep in her crip . she kept sleeping with me . so i took her to a bed store and i got her a new bed .. i told her if she sleeps in her big girl bed . she can have a present at the end of the week ..she has been doing that for 2 months and she loves it . . good luck

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