Climbing out of the crib...

Heather - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Okay so my barely 10 month old has been doing pullups on the side of his crib and playpen (and everything else) and likes to climb with his feet to get more height. I am so worried that one day I will hear a little thud as he falls on the floor outside his crib. What age did your children climb out and what can I do to prevent an accident? He can't walk more than 5-7 steps by himself yet, so I don't think we can do the toddler bed yet. T.I.A!

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Shawn - posted on 08/07/2015

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Clare - posted on 03/29/2009

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My son did that a couple of times scared the live out me he managed to climb completely out of his cot and wandered into the living room. In the end we decided to take of one of the sides of our cot ensuring the mattress was at the lowest point near the floor. I fugured it would be less of a fall for him if he rolled of the mattress onto the floor rather than falling over the rails.



We were lucky because his cot was in our bedroom and we put a stair gate accross our bedroom door so he couldn't get any further than the bedroom,



Once they figure out how to do it they won't give up.

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Quoting Heather:



You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for all your input, I will definitely try your suggestions as my lil guy is on the move, the wobbly, forehead busting move... LOL






LOL Poor thing!  My son went through this stage that it didn't seem to matter WHAT he did, he always had a bruise on his head somewhere....thank GOD they are much more durable than we think......

Heather - posted on 03/28/2009

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You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for all your input, I will definitely try your suggestions as my lil guy is on the move, the wobbly, forehead busting move... LOL

Cathi - posted on 03/28/2009

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Wow, do I have a solution for you!!!! I am totally in LOVE with my Crib Tent. http://www.cktoysandmore.com/images/cozy...

It is installed INSIDE the crib so there is no way for the baby to get tangled nor fall out of the crib. They also cannot unzip it either as the zipper is on the outside only. :) Hope this helps!

Helen - posted on 03/28/2009

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put a few pillows on the floor around his crib but he probably wont get out for a while - just make sure the stair gate is on every night just in case!

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Move the mattress as low as it will go in the crib. They make netted zip up tents to go above the crib now. They safely keep the baby inside so they can't climb out. My son never tried climbing out of his crib and he slept in it until he was 2. Once he was standing up I removed the bumpers and larger stuffed animals that he could stand on to get more height.

Morag - posted on 03/28/2009

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My eldest was just 11 months where she came and poked me in the eye one morning, considering she'd been put to bed in her crib... it meant she had managed to climb out and come to our room. The next night I watched her do it and it was so scary as she sorta dangled over the edge before catching her balance and easing herself down... I decided that falling from 4 foot was more dangerous than falling from a foot height, so we moved her into a big bed. It was really the best choice.. She loved being in a big bed. She did fall out a few times, but tbh she was due to fall out of her crib a few times, just because she wasn't in her crib long enough to happen didn't mean it wouldn't have.

Both my girls walked at 9 months, but my youngest whos 14 months isn't as advanced in the whole climbing thing, and is still in her crib.

Megan - posted on 03/28/2009

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My daughter climbed out of the bed starting at 15 months. I didn't know she could, I was in the bathroom getting ready for work when the door opened , she poked her head in & said Hi mommy! I had thought she was safe in the  crib! We went directly to a twin sized bed with little stairs to get up to it & rails on the sides. It was more cost effective for us to do it this way then but a toddler bed & everything that goes along with it. My sister told me that there is something called a crib tent that goes over the top of the crib so they cannot climb out. I think you can get it at babies r us or some of the other baby stores. Good luck.

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My son is 17 months old and has just started showing signs of trying to escape the crib.  When he was around your son's age, he was also pulling up, using everything he could grab to help him stand.  If all he's doing is just using the rails to pull to standing then I wouldn't worry.  I wouldn't worry about the little thud until you start seeing a little leg actually going up towards the top of the rail.  By that time, he'll probably be climbing on everything in your house anyways.  My son just recently started climbing so we're transitioning his bed to a toddler bed next weekend as I also don't want to hear the dreaded thud....lol Hope this helps :)

Laura - posted on 03/28/2009

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I don't think walking has anything to do with when it's time for a toddler bed. I'd probably do it just because I'd be scared of the "thud" also. My daughter was about 18 months when she showed signs of climbing out and went to the toddler bed. Man. your LO is ahead of the curve. I really hope someone has a better answer for you if you aren't ready for the toddler bed. It does seem young at 10 months but I wouldn't know what else to do.

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