My 18 month old keep getting his foot caught in the rails of his crib! Any ideas to prevent this?!

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Carrie - posted on 06/16/2011

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I used rail netting. It's pretty inexensive and available at babies r us. It's normally used for stair rails or balconies...I wrapped it around the inside of the crib and one goes well enough around ties to the top with string usually included take out the mattress tie it in place and it goes top to bottom keeps the feet from between the rails.

Candi - posted on 06/14/2011

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Put him in a bed. At 18 months, he should be out of a crib. Just think if he tries to climb out and gets his foot stuck..you'd make a quick trip to the ER!

Katherine - posted on 06/16/2011

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Get the breathable bumper pads. That way he can't put his foot through.

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Amber - posted on 06/20/2011

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HI ladies! Thanks for all the help and advice. Graysen has figured out how to get his feet out on his own :) No more stuck feet ;) We have decided to change to a toddler bed (his crib converts all the way to a full bed) in a few months. He just turned 18 months on Thursday and I still think he is not ready to change so we are going to wait a little longer. Thanks again!

Gena - posted on 06/18/2011

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I agree that a bumper is your best option. I also agree that I would not put him in a toddler bed yet! My son was 30mos before we transitioned him! He never showed any desire to climb out and i thought it was safer for him in there! Good luck!

Nancy - posted on 06/16/2011

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It use to happen to my daughter all the time (under the bumper pad) until I wove the bumper pad between the rails so she couldn't wedge her little feet through. I removed the drop down side of her crib at about 20 months when she tried to vault over the side and added a safety rail. I still keep a gate in front of her bedroom door because she is an avid explorer ;o)

Brooke - posted on 06/16/2011

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That happened to my child around 10 months (he's now 6). I talked to the doc about it and he suggested a mesh bumper (which I found on eBay for about $10 + s/h) and that solved it. Being so little, changing to a toddler bed just wasn't possible yet. Good luck! :)

Chesnie - posted on 06/16/2011

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Candi- I don't think 28 months is always to old. It depends on their size and height too. If the kid is tall maybe but our daughter is 25 months and only weighs 20 lbs. She will stay in the crib til she is prolly 30 months. I love her being in the crib, she has shown no desire to crawl or climb out! Plus I get to sleep in in the morning because she just plays in there til I go get her. She is safe. Lol

Terri - posted on 06/16/2011

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I know a lot of moms (myself included) like bumpers but in reality we shouldn't have them unless they are the bumper that you can find at babies r us that weaves between the rails. I would tell you that if you have one of those bumpers in my mind it would be harder for him to get his foot stuck since he'd have less opportunity.

Christine - posted on 06/16/2011

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We had the same problem with my now 20 month old at the 18 month mark. It finally ended up he got it stuck really bad and it took us like 10 minutes to get it out and then he couldn't walk on it and had to take him to the ER. That's the day we converted to a toddler bed. I think for safety reason's it is time for you to make that change as well!! I worried about having a hard time getting him to stay in bed at night...but had no issues with it at all. VERY rarely does he get out of bed in the middle of the night.

Brandy - posted on 06/16/2011

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all my kids were in toddler beds when they learned how to crawl. Of course I put pillows on the floor at night to ensure coushion if they fell out...which they never did. my daughter has a toddler bed right now, but it still has those slats and she gets her legs stuck every once in awhile. I'm just going to put the bumper pad back on and see if that helps prevent her from doing it, although she is at the age where she just rests her foot on top of it and the slats are exposed again...try the netting as suggested, that might do the trick if you continue with a crib.

Candi - posted on 06/16/2011

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In a crib until 28 months? That seems a little old to me. Just my opinion. At that age, they want to explore and climbing out of the crib would be their first option. My son got his toddler bed at 15 months. My daughter went from my bed to a twin bed at 18 months and my youngest went from my bed to a twin bed at 1. It just seems like an accident waiting to happen. I had to remove the bumper pads from my sons crib when he was a newborn. He started rolling over at 2 weeks and he rolled over into the bumper pad and his face was against it. He was too young to figure out to roll the opposite way. Too scary!!
Good luck!

Meghann - posted on 06/16/2011

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We used a bumper pad and he's never had his foot or arm stuck in the slats. In fact, it's still in there since he has a convertible crib to bed. He was in the crib until he could climb out and then we switched it, without looking in the book I would say 28 months. Same with the bassinet; he was in that until he could roll over ~ 7 months.

Amber - posted on 06/16/2011

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Thinking 18 months is a little to young?! Going to try some other things before I do that! Thanks for the help!

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