Climbing out of cribs...

Heather - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I need help! My twin girls (will be two in December) have always slept in cribs. We put them in there cribs turn on some soft music and leave the room and they fall asleep. But they have figured out how to climb out of their cribs, and now I can't get them to sleep! They climb out and play or cry by the door. I tried sitting in there with them to keep them in their cribs, but that didn't seem to do anything other then make them cry louder. They are sooo tired! I don't know what to do...

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Brie - posted on 10/09/2009

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i had exactly the same problem although my twins were only 16 months when they started climbing out :( i figured out that if i put them in the snug sleeping bags they couldn't get enough leverege to climb over . it gave me a bout 4 months buying time ;) then on2 toddler beds.

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Donna - posted on 11/05/2010

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put them to bed in the same crib...sounds like separation anxiety. Mine are grown and all their lives they had to sleep together, when i tried to separate them they would end up together by morning. get them a big bed and put them together!

Noel - posted on 10/19/2009

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I wish mine went back to bed. They are very creative. Will pull their mattresses out and toss them on the floor, and then they have no beds to sleep in. They can be a real loveable pains.

Amy - posted on 10/19/2009

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We moved our 2 year old boys into Toddler beds about a month ago. Its turned out a perfect time as they started climbing out and I had gall bladder surgery all in the same weekend. They first few nights they cried by the door but they always went back to their bed and went to sleep. We tried sitting in their room but they just got out of the bed and wanted to sit with us or lay with us...now they are pretty good about getting in their beds and going to sleep. We also do not keep anything in their room that they could get hurt with, they have a few toys and a few books.

Susan - posted on 10/19/2009

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once my twins who are now 3 started to try to climb out, we moved them into toddler beds.. its safer in opinion.. they were n0t 2 yet either

Noel - posted on 10/17/2009

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We had this problem with our twin boys a few months ago. The only thing I could do was put them into "big boy" toddler beds, and sit in the rocking chair in their room until both fell asleep. It is no fun, but it is the only way they went to sleep. Here we are about 4/5 months into this, and they are slowly letting me leave the room and staying in bed until they fall asleep. It has been slow go but working.

Melissa - posted on 10/10/2009

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I read in my fave book ever. Ready or not there we go that when they are climbing out od their cribs it is time for the toddler bed. they just start to feel trapped around 2. you just have to figure how to keep them in the room. The playing will most likely continue but hey they probably played in the crib anyways before they started climbing out. Mine do that. Good luck! I can definitely wait for mine to do this same thing. It's a scary thought

Cassie - posted on 10/10/2009

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They sell tent dome type things for cribs to kep your child in. Only one of my boys tries to climb out. I caught him one time and told him absolutley not and have been lucky that he doesn't do it anymore. It must be hard with 2 of them doing it. I am sure they egg each other on. lol Goodluck

Summer - posted on 10/09/2009

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I agree with moving them into a toddler bed if you can't adjust the crib mattress any lower to prevent them from climbing out. You definately don't want them to get hurt. I haven't moved mine into a toddler bed yet, but one of them has learned to climb into the crib. He hasn't climbed out yet though. I think it is because we keep it completely dark in their room. If they aren't too afraid of the dark, you might try that. If that doesn't work, I'd definately go with the suggestion of removing the toys and baby proofing the room. Then if they get out of bed, as long as you don't give them any attention for it they will eventually go back to bed. Definately don't sit there because they are doing it for attention, and if you sit there they are getting what they want. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 10/09/2009

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You need Toddler beds, and I put up baby gates so mine couldn't get out of the room. They still cried but they would go to sleep! Good luck!

Cinda - posted on 10/09/2009

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I agree with Rosetta. Get them out of the cribs into toddler beds. Don't forget to childproof the room & remove all the toys so that they have nothing to do but sleep. Crying won't hurt them & sitting in there is a bad habit to start.

When our twins first started climbing out, hubby was home w/ the kids(they were about 22mos old), they rearranged the room, turning their cribs by 180 degrees & moving them across the room. That was our cue to get them into toddler beds. It was rough for awhile but they will settle down & got to bed/sleep eventually.

We also double gate their room to prevent them from climbing out(they can unlock & open the door). Our twins used to sleep in separate cribs because they would wake each other up but now they usually sleep in the same toddler bed!!

Laura - posted on 10/08/2009

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As soon as one of our twins was able to climb out of her crib, she fell so the toddler beds came right out. I expected to have the same struggle as with the crib, but the girls were so excited about their 'big girl' beds that it didn't become an issue. They were happier to stay in their beds. Of course, if they did get out, they were able to get back in on thier own. I discourgage you from sitting in there, even with beds. this could be habit that will last for the next 5 years. Good luck!

Rosetta - posted on 10/08/2009

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It's time to get them out of the crib and into toddler beds. They climb out anyway and that can end up in a bad situation if one or both fall out. Plus they are at the learning stage that's how they were able to climb out. So now mom and dad its time to teach them new stuff like graduating to toddler bed. And honey crying does the lungs good. It wont hurt them to cry, that's their way of saying they are ready for something new.

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