My son is almost 2 and hasn't even tried to climb out of his crib...when do i move him to a bed?
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Sarah - posted on 03/13/2009
my son was the same, he was over 2 before he tried to climb out, and then he decided very quickly that it was great fun to be out of his crib before I was even to the door of his room after saying goodnight. We got him a bed with a rail one one side and the wall on the other shortly after, and let him choose where to sleep for a few weeks. Some nights he would start out in the crib and end up in the bed, some nights vice versa, but he preferred the bed before long. I left the crib in his room until I was sure he didn't want to sleep in it any more, and then we packed it away.
One of the reasons he liked the bed better, along with the cool sheets etc, was that my husband or I could lie down with him to read a story. He's a snuggle bug, so this was a big selling feature for him!
There's no rush, kids can stay in their cribs until they're about 3, there's a recommended height maximum I think, so if he's happy in his crib and you don't need it right away for someone new, then he's fine!
Claudia - posted on 03/13/2009
My son was the same way, never tried to climb out etc. We had one of those convertible cribs and just made it his "big boy" transition for his 2nd birthday. We got him special Spiderman sheets and bedding and he did great. In fact for about 5months he actually still called out for me to come to the room before he would climb out, until we started potty training and I told him that if he needed to go he just needed to get outta bed to go.... once that was said, he just started waking up and getting out of bed. Normally I'm already up but there have been times where he comes into my room to wake me up!! lol We just said that if he got up and we were not up he couldnt just roam, he had to come get us and he does! He will probably be transitioning into the full-size version of the bed when he turns 4 the end of this year.
Erin - posted on 03/11/2009
I moved my oldest to a big boy bed when he was 21 months old because I needed his crib for his brother and I wanted to give him some time to get used to his new bed before his brother arrived. I'd heard that the younger you move them, the easier it was for them to adjust. I don't know how true that is. My son loved his bed, and played on it all the time, yet fell asleep on the floor every night for the first 3 months. We put a gate across his door so that he couldn't get out and walk down the stairs in the middle of the night. With the gate there, we didnt' have to worry about shutting the door to keep him safe at night. I would pick him up and put him in bed after he fell asleep. Eventually he would fall asleep on top of his bed and now,finally, he sleeps in it no problem and we don't need the gate anymore either. I guess the whole thing took 4-6 months. My youngest is now about ready to be put in a big boy bed. I just have to figure out how to convert his crib to a big boy bed. If your son is happy in his crib and you don't need it right away, let him stay until you feel comfortable moving him. I don't think there's any right or wrong answer.
Nemiha - posted on 03/13/2009
My daughter just turned one last week and I put the criib mattress on the floor and just let her explore. she knoes it's her bed so when she getts tired at night she just climbs right in and falls asleep. it's nice becuase in the morning I will hear her playing the room by herself and I get a few extra minutes of sleep.
Tamara - posted on 03/13/2009
You can move your child whenever you feel it's best. However, if you need the crib, it's best to move him several months in advance so that he doesn't feel like he's being pushed out of the crib for another baby to have it.
Neither my son or daughter ever tried climbing out, but it became obvious, mainly with my son, that he wasn't happy in the crib. At about 18 months I put the crib mattress on the floor to let them get used to not having the confining "walls" of the crib. I put the mattress against the wall on one side and put a rail up (only for my daughter) on the outside. After a couple of months they were moved to a twin bed (in the corner w/ a rail on the outside edge). Such an easy transition!! You just want to make sure that the room is totally childproofed!!! If your child does get up, you don't want to have to worry about what he could get into. We shut the door and had a door knob covers so that they couldn't get out w/out us knowing.
Amanda - posted on 03/12/2009
My son is 26 mo. old and he is still in his crib. I would like to keep in it as long as he is ok being in there. I like knowing that when I go to bed he can't roam the house and he is safe. I guess when I start seeing him interested in climbing out we will switch but for now the crib is just fine for us!! :)
Angela - posted on 03/11/2009
my daughter never tried to climb out of her bed either, but we were needing the crib for our son, so we moved her into her toddler bed at 18months, and she had no problem with the change, because we used her same blankets with the new bed.
Bonnie - posted on 03/11/2009
my monster was sleeping in her own "big girl" bed at about 14 months, and shes never had a problem! mind you she never slept a night in her crib so i dont know what to tell you about the whole "transition" thing :s good luck!!!
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