How do u keep a 2 yr. old from getting out of her crib?

Elizabeth - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My daughter keeps getting out of her crib. She gets out evertime i put her in. Any suggestions? What about the crib tent? Good, or bad?

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Krista - posted on 08/24/2009

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Why is the crib tent a bad idea? Just because she climbs out does not necessarily mean she's ready for a toddler bed. And even more so, just because she's 2 doesn't mean she's ready for a toddler bed. My son will be 2 next month and is nowhere NEAR ready for a toddler bed.

Brandi - posted on 09/24/2009

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Sounds like she's ready for a big girl bed. You will probably have to use the stay in bed technique with her until she is willing to stay in bed, but she won't get hurt like she might if she keeps leaping the bars of her crib. You put her to bed hugs kissed nite nite. When she gets out of bed the first time sternly say bedtime dear. second time. Sternly "bedtime" put her in bed. Third and subsequent times NO WORDS put her in bed repeat until she stays. Could take a while, but totally worth it when she gets it and bonus she can't hurt herself.

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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It's time for a toddler bed. MUCH SAFER and she may be ready not to feel in closed by the rails anymore. Just make sure all the plugs are covered well. We had to glue the inserts in because our son liked to take them out no matter if he got a spanking or not. It was insane. A baby gate is good. Our room was next door so we used one of the gate pens to teach our son to walk from his room to ours and get us up. It made for a happier morning since he no longer had to scream in his crib for us to come to him. He just starts climbing on us like little mary sunshine ready to start the day!

Darci - posted on 09/23/2009

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My oldest has been in a twin bed since she was 21 months. I purchased bunk beds (at walmart) and I used the frame for the top bunk on the floor because it had railings. I spent many nights walking her back to bed, but she stays in her bed now and has for a while (she's 3.75 years old).

My middle child, who about 15 months younger than my daughter, has been in a twin bed since he was about 21 months old as week because he climbed out of his crib. We passed the "top bunk" to him and put my daughter in the regular twin. The two oldest share a room, and my son did a great job of staying in his bed at bedtime for a while because he learned from his sister that staying in bed is just what you do. After about 3 weeks of being the model son, he had a couple trying weeks of getting out of bed, but he learned to stay in his bed. They are excellent sleepers (they sleep about 10 hours a night and bedtime is between 8:00 and 9:00), and if one wakes up crying the other just keeps sleeping through the noise. We were never quiet in the house when they were babies.

Good luck.

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User - posted on 09/14/2013

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my so did that soi just bought a toddler bed and tought him to not get out like supper-nanny lol beter then them getting hurt

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you dont. its time to face reality and realize she is toddler now not a baby anymore. its hard, no mom wans to see the baby grow up but they do ad you have to transition with them. time to buy a bed mom before she climbs out and hurts herself

Shardae - posted on 09/26/2009

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My son started to climb out of the crib at 1 so i decided to move him in to a bed i was worried at first but he loved it and didnt fall out once, most cots these days can be made into a toddler bed by taking both sides off and lowering the base to the lowest it can be, but you can only do these if it has the option of having the base moved very low

Kelly - posted on 09/25/2009

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Sounds like it's time for a toddler bed! My 2 1/2 year old climbed out at 11 months. For Christmas we got her a Dora Toddler bed (her favorite character) she doesn't get out until morning because she says she likes to sleep with Dora. Hope you find something that works, this is an exhausting phase!

Paula - posted on 09/24/2009

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i have a toddler bed in my sons room and i bought him shopping one day so he could choose the blankets for his bed and remind him that he is a big boy so he has a big boy bed and covers it worked for me hope it helps you

Vicky - posted on 09/23/2009

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she's ready for a bed. My daughter started climbing out so i got her a bed and put the old mattress on the floor next to her bed in case she fell out, and a gate on the door. Good luck

Lesue - posted on 09/23/2009

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my little girl will be 2 tomorrow and we moved her to a toddler bed 2 weeks ago and she's doing really good with it. she loves having her bed. we did have to keep putting her back in her bed the first 2 nights but that's all it took. she never climed out of her crib she just started getting very mad when we would put her in her crib and wanted in our bed insted of her crib. Since we changed it over to a toddler bed we haven't had that problem. All kids are different that's just how it's worked out for us so far. Good Luck :)

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My son started climbing out at the same age. I took away the crib and gave him a toddler bed as soon as he did it. He does get out to play, but theres a gate at his door to keep him in and so he can call if he needs anything. Its safer for her not to be able get out. Put her in a big bed. From what I've been told, its about the right time for her to be switched over.

Stacey - posted on 09/22/2009

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I think she is telling you it's time for a big girl bed, tent is convenient for you but I think it's a bit of a waste since she'll be in a bed soon anyway. Mine transitioned to the bed wonderfully, once I added distractions like Thomas sheets, blankies, pillow, etc. My son is almost 3 and has been in his big biy bed for 4 months. He was never much of a climber, so when he was getting out I knew it was time!

Jenn - posted on 08/28/2009

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My son climbed out of his crib at just under 15months old, so we went a picked out a Disney Cars (his favourite) bed. Ever since the 1st night in his "big boy" bed he has been staying in it, and sleeping a full night in it. Hope the transition can be this easy for others as well, I think we just lucked out though. lol



Good Luck, and yes, I believe your daughter is ready for her "big girl" bed :)

Kim - posted on 08/27/2009

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As soon as our daugheter attempted to climb (and then fall) out of her crib we converted it to a toddler bed. She was about 19 months at the time. We put a gate up at her door and she has done fine. She loves to run and jump into her bed by herself, and for the most part stays put once we put her to bed.

Bonita - posted on 08/26/2009

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if your child wants out then they will find a way...lol...i recommend moving her to a toddler bed...i know iknow...bit they cant stay little for ever..lol. all my kiddos have absolutley LOVED their new big kid beds....idk..it worked for us...hope everything works out...

Morgan - posted on 08/26/2009

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I agree with everyone who has said toddler bed. If she can climb out he is ready for one and it is lower to the ground so it won't hurt as much when she falls if she falls.

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2009

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as soon as mine can get out of his crib he's going straight to his brothers toddler bed and his brother is getting a twin. I come from a really big family and have 2 boys. Just always how we have done it. Whoever said about the baby gate, it worked really well for my 6 year old when he was younger, until he learned to vault it. Wish I could find the pics of him doing that, it was hysterical. Either way with whatever you decide, good luck!

Kayla - posted on 08/26/2009

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when my daughter did that i put her mattress on the floor for awhile and she went straight to sleep on it....first we put toys in closet..but she now sleeps in a toddler bed..she is 21mo

Shanna - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have moved my children out of their cribs on their first escape. Once they have learned, it's over. Time for a toddler bed mom!

Arwen - posted on 08/25/2009

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Get a toddler bed. ;) Just gate the door. I turned my daughter's crib into a toddler bed last month. She's 19 months now. She gets out in the morning, and plays with her toys till she gets hungry. I get an hour of extra sleep out of it at least. It's awesome.

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Sounds like it's time for a big girl bed :) Involve her in the process. Let her pick it out or pick out a new blanket for it. Be consistent when telling her that when your a big girl you need to stay in your bed. For my son anything new and exciting works. He saw the crib as a climbing toy and saw the big boy bed differently and was excited to sleep in it! Good Luck :)

Kim - posted on 08/25/2009

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I agree that you should put her in a "big girl bed" we never did the toddler bed with my son we were given my younger brothers twin bed and when Josh was under 2 he started sleeping in that. I think its a waste of money to buy a toddler bed...you are just going to have to buy a bigger bed a year or 2 down the road anyways. you should take her crib mattress out of her bed and put it on the ground for her...let her sleep in it for a few nights and see how she does. that way you know how she would do in a big bed!

Crystal - posted on 08/25/2009

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I would put her in a toddler bed and then put a baby gate in the door way of her room that way she can't sneak out and get into trouble. But if she can get out of her crib shes to big for it. My son is not even to yet and he sleeps in a toddler bed cause I was worried he would get hurt. Now he sleeps great.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2009

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my son was in a bed at 19 moths coz he kept getting out of his cot. we put him in the bed for his safety, never put somthing over the cot to keep them in it they could really hurt themselves or worse

Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009

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What is a crib net?? sounds dangerouse... My son is 2 and still in a cot though i have one side off with a kids safe rail..He dose fine...My daughter was in a single bed at 2 she dose fine..

Amy - posted on 08/24/2009

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crib tent is a bad idea. she is 2 now and its time for her to be in a toddler bed if not a twin already... not only is it not safe forher to be in a crib if she can crawl up and over because she could hurt herself, but i also think that by now she should have a bedtime routine maybe with a story and whatnot so she learns that she has to stay because she is big girl, and not because she is trapped in there under some stupid tent thing. it may take a while for you to figure out how to make her stay in bed.. you gotta try all the different tricks, its all trial and error and no kid is that same, but eventually she will get it. i put my daughter in a toddler bed the exact same night she crawled out of her crib and that was when she was about 18 months, she just turned 2 a weeka go and she is already in a twin size daybed.... good luck

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2009

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Its time for a toddler bed. And try to encourage little one to stay on the bed until mom/dad come and get them. Maybe offer an m&m if he does. Worked great for us and i have little monkeys. he he -good luck

Pauline - posted on 08/24/2009

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hi elizabeth. crib or big bed,I think the problem stays the same. with our eldest, it worked to just go put him back in bed everytime with a reprimand. it was tough and very time-consuming, but worked in the end. i moved our second little one to his big bed earlier than our eldest, but he had a mosquito net over (around) his bed. this seemed to work wonders. not only no mozzies, but he thought this was some kind of barrier for him, and so he never tried to get out. after a while he figured it out, but by then, was so used to not getting out, that he almost never did, except after he woke. It also help if you put them to bed when they are really tired, then sleep is the only objective:D hope this has helped.

Kayliecia - posted on 08/24/2009

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Well, i took my son out as soon as he climed over the rail, what we have in his room now is pretty good, we have a gate up at his door, and a toddler bed in his room, he can get out and play with his toys, and also yell at me if he needs me. i moved my son at like 1 and a half.

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