About to lose my mind....

Kim - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 22month old daughter has learnt how to climb out of her crib. We switched it to a toddler bed so she wont hurt herself but she will not stay in it. She gets up a million times and rips her room apart. Clothes out of her dresser, books everywhere etc. I have put a baby gate across her door but she climbs that too. It takes me hours to get her to go to bed and then she still wakes up in the night and trys to escape. How do I make her stay in bed? My son was so easy and didn't do any of this. I'm also paranoid of her getting up in the night without me knowing and since she can climb the gate I'm not sure what else to do.

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Kim - posted on 05/09/2012

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Opps just realised I spelt lose wrong :) Thanks for the help. I thought of the crib tent today and may end up doing that if I can't get her to stay in bed. So far tonight it has taken me over an hour of her getting up and me putting her back in. She gets out and as soon as she sees me she turns around and runs back to bed. I tell her firmly that she needs to stay in bed and after about 5 times I simply say nothing and put her back in. She is a monkey and climbs everything and can open a door handle like nothing. I have my house as babyproofed as it can be and have extra locks on my doors so she can't get outside but it still makes me nervous not to mention stressed about bed/nap time. She is a handful for everything else as well so I guess I shouldn't be so suprised I'm having so much trouble with this.

I am a stay at home mom so I do get to spend quite a bit of time with her. Not as much as what I did with my son because unfortunately their dad now works out of town so I have to take care of everything by myself. We do a lot of playing outside and running around. She loves to climb and doesn't like to sit still so entertaining her inside can become difficult. She still gets into everything and just doesn't care when I tell her no. She will give me her devil look and laugh and run away. So frustrating. I try and show her what she can and can not do instead of always focusing on the negative but she is definately strong willed and most of the time could care less about what is and isn't allowed. She visits timeout quite frequently....

Louise - posted on 05/09/2012

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Be stern with her and tell her to stay in bed. When she gets out tell her off on eye level. Put her back to bed and leave. I would advise that you close the door firmly when you go to bed at night as it will take her a while to open the door and give you time to hear what she is upto.

Alison - posted on 05/09/2012

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Wow. That's pretty impressive!

Is she getting enough one on one time with her mommy? Sorry, it's the only thing I can think of. Sometimes address the more fundamental needs can correct surface behavior issues.

Good luck!!!

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