Crawling out of the crib at 1 year?

Shari - posted on 03/09/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is 14 months old and has figured out how to get out of his crib! I feel he is way too young for a toddler bed but I can't seem to keep him in his. Is anyone else having this problem and what are you doing?



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Kari - posted on 03/09/2011




My second son started climbing out of his crib at 11 months. I switched him to a toddler bed at that point. He did just fine.

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My second child was running at 7 mos. Kids are different. Before he hurts himself, get him into some other type of bed. He obviously is going to get out of the crib. If you need to contain him, get a dutch door for his bedroom and lock the lower part but keep the upper part opened so that you can observe and hear him.

Medic - posted on 03/09/2011




My 14 month old daughter broke her crib last night jumping in it and trying to climb out. She does fine sleeping in a toddler bed as she has napped in her brothers bed a few times. My son was moved at 16 months and we never had a problem getting him to stay in bed.

Jenni - posted on 03/09/2011




My SD started her daring escapes at around 12 months. My mom says I was an escape artist too around the same age. (She has a few pictures to prove it). My SD tried a couple of times for a few months and then I think she realized it was more trouble than it was worth. We'd just put her back to bed. She remained in the crib until 2 years old.
In my country (Canada) toddler beds are not recommended until 24 months. I put my son in a toddler bed at 22 months because we needed the crib for my new daughter.
I'd suggest putting some soft pillows and blankets on the floor around his crib and wait it out another month or two... if you're still having problems then you can decide if you'd like to try a toddler bed.

Bonnie - posted on 03/09/2011




Well most toddler beds I have seen say that you can switch to a toddler bed as early as 15 months. That is a recommendation though so certainly it is based on your comfort level. Personally, I never had problems with my boys climbing out; they just didn't do it. We switched our older son to a toddler bed at 20 months and our younger son at 18 months. We just felt they were ready at that point.

Is there any particular reason you feel he is way to young to switch? If you are worried he may fall off, it is very well possible as both my boys did, but honestly they are so much more lower to the ground than a regular bed, they never hurt themselves. You could keep a thin mattress on the floor beside his bed for ahile or even a comforter for some padding.

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