Turning a crib upside down?

Anna - posted on 06/30/2015 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for some advice / sanity check. My 2 year old has started climbing out of her crib at all hours of the night recently. I walk her back and then she climbs out 5 minutes later.. this went on for hours last night. At 1am, I unscrewed the wires that hold the mattress at the lowest level and just put the mattress on the floor thinking that would do the trick but somehow she still climbed out. Anyway, I was thinking of just turning the crib upside down (with the bottom installed back obviously) and putting the mattress on the floor. Basically looks like a cage, which I feel bad about but I'm desperate. Has anyone turned their crib upside down? I googled it and sounds like other people have done this and it doesn't pose a safety risk like those recalled crib tents. I saw that there are "pajama" pants that restrict leg movement but my daughter would just take them off... she knows how to undress herself. It seems like my other options are: 1) letting her sleep in our room which my 4 year old son does now as he would also come into our room at all hours and this was less disruptive. I've tried this but she wakes up a lot and makes a lot of noise... basically I barely slept and then by 5:30am she is up because I have minimal window treatments in our bedroom or 2) I need to sleep in her room or hire someone else to.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/01/2015

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So, in reality, you've disrupted their normal routine, which is probably why it all started in the first place. With kids that young, you need to really prepare them for routine changes, such as moving to the summer house...No wonder her sleep pattern is off!
Its still better to have them both in their own beds, in their own room.

Anna - posted on 07/01/2015

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I forgot to mention that the reason that my son was sleeping in my room was because we are at our summer home where the kids are supposed to share a room. The issue is that my daughter would wake him up every night or at 5am whereas my son would normally sleep until 6:30/7am. I moved him into our room so that she wouldn't wake him and when she got up at 5/5:30 I would come down with her and sleep on the floor and she would fall back asleep and I would also drift off. I thought that if she was alone in the room and cried it out for a few nights we would break the habit and then I could put both kids together again, and obviously that hasn't happened.

This only happened a few times since we just moved into the summer house a few weeks ago. Anyway, last night she slept in room and woke up about 5x, one of which she came into my bed for an hour where neither of us slept and then she reluctantly moved back into her bed. I'm getting baby gates/ etc shortly

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/30/2015

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I agree with the rest of the ladies here. Not only is it illegal to cage a child, at least in the US, it is more than time for both of those kids to be in toddler beds in their own rooms.
Equal treatment is in order for both. You can't have one in your room and insist that the other stay out, and well...they're both old enough.
Time to get a couple of toddler beds and persevere

Michelle - posted on 06/30/2015

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I agree with the other ladies but especially Little Miss.
You can't let your son sleep in your room and not your daughter.
It's time for both children to be sleeping in their own rooms. Yes you will have some disrupted nights but you need to persevere and be firm.

Dove - posted on 06/30/2015

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Oh... I didn't read down to where your 4 year old is allowed in your room and NOT your 2 year old... No wonder... poor kid... if my big brother got to sleep w/ mom and dad I wouldn't think it was fair either. You need to have some consistency in your home or your problems will likely increase as they age. I fully understand that you need your sleep, but maybe try looking at it through your 2 year old daughter's eyes and see how you would feel here....

Dove - posted on 06/30/2015

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Why not just put the mattress on the floor (w/out a crib around) or switch her to a toddler or twin bed? You can NOT 'cage' your child and if she's capable of climbing out of her crib it has now become a safety hazard. Yes, you will likely have to keep walking her back to bed repeatedly for a while... but she will learn and at least she will be safe.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/30/2015

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In my opinion, that is very dangerous. I wouldn't personally do it. Maybe it is time to get her a toddler bed.

I don't think it is fair to let one child sleep in your room but not the other. I know what you are saying, that your son is less "disruptive" but if you are going to place the rule "stay in your own bed, in your own room" it is only fair to do that for both children.

Good luck. Night time can be hard.

Jodi - posted on 06/30/2015

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Um, this is putting your child in a cage. If your child is climbing out of her crib, you need to remove the crib and place her in a bed. Period. Why can't you just teach her she must sleep in her room? Sure, it might take time, but you say this is relatively recent, and it was only last night that was a problem. Just perservere with it and she will eventually get the message. Make a "big girl bed" a big deal - let her choose some of her bedding. It may make her more excited to remain in her own bed.

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