19 month old climbing out his crib HELP!

Chrystal - posted on 01/16/2012 ( 46 moms have responded )

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My son has been fighting naps the last week so I went to lay down with him see if that would help well I'm laying there on the floor and he climbed up onto the railing of his crib and is just about able to get out so I know it's coming any day what do I do? Is it time for him to go to a big boy bed? We've got a new crib on lay away that turns into a big boy bed but it's going to be a few weeks till it's paid off what can I do to keep him from getting hurt till then?

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Tracy - posted on 01/21/2012

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Drop the side rail so he can get out without falling to far and getting hurt until you get his big boy bed.

LaTara - posted on 01/20/2012

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i think i moved my son into a bed at about a year. he was walking and i knew that climbing was coming soonn so i wanted to prevent it all together. he didnt like being in a bed and i would always wake up to find him on the floor. good luck to you.

Rita - posted on 01/18/2012

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buy a net to tie to the top of the crib, which will really make him mad. I would get him out of the crib ASAP before he falls out and breaks a bone.

Zoe - posted on 01/18/2012

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big boy bed and stairgate on the door to keep him safe,he will fall asleep on the floor the first couple of nights with his new found freedom but just pick him up and put into bed.x

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Buy the childproofing door locks for his bedroom doorknob so he can't get out in the middle of the night. And if you have stairs, use a child gate at the top of the stairs.

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Chrystal - posted on 01/21/2012

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For those suggesting dropping the side rails I'm not sure what the laws are in different countries but in the US drop side cribs have been banned as of about Dec 2010 it's illegal to sell them new or used and it's illegal for them to be in hotels and daycare facilities. It's not illegal to have one in your home but the US consumer product safety commission suggests replacing or using a kits to immobilize the railing for babies safety. Just wanted to pass that on to other moms that may not know.

Sharlene - posted on 01/20/2012

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my son is 17 almost 18 months he started climbing up on the rail of his crib actually getting down twice....approximately 3-4 months ago..... i just continue to take him down off the rail and tell him thats a no--no...he usually will get back down himself...but he has stayed in his crib . im sure its a matter of time when he just decides ..oh yeah...i know how to get down....but so far it seems like hes forgotten lol.....yeah right....the crib we have for him is a grow with him one so it came w/..a side rail u can attach when approprate and then when he gets bigger u can turn it into a full bed.

Tara - posted on 01/20/2012

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My son was a little climber at this age too! Yes, try to get him into a bed with safety rails as soon as possible. Don't be surprised though if you find him out of his crib when he is supposed to be sleeping. My son did this several times. Once he fell, and after that he learned quickly how to get out without hurting himself. I looked into putting a "babydome" on the crib, but never purchased it BC by the time it took to find this product, he was a perfectionist at getting out. Maybe you could put some padding on the floor, or use the "just in case" method if the bed can't come too soon. I hope this helps, mom of one energetic climber

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2012

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I believe its time for the "big boy" bed. Get him a toddler bed. My boy was climbing out before his 1st birthday. I placed him in a toddler bed and he adjusted fine. He really liked it. My fear of him falling out of bed was cured!

Christina - posted on 01/19/2012

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This is easily fixed with a sleeping bag. You know the ones they wear, they make them sleep better and they can't climb out. Couldn't cope without them!

Diane - posted on 01/18/2012

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consider putting his mattress directly onto the floor that way he doesn't have to climb out and if he does roll off he is only six inches off the floor.

Deborah - posted on 01/18/2012

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Same thing happened to us at about the same age and the first we knew about it was when he walked into the airing cupboard one night and started crying! I put him back in Gro Bags (baby sleeping bags) as they make them now for toddlers. He can undo press studs so I bought one with a zipper running bottom to top which he so far has not managed to wriggle out of. The sleeping bag prevents him from being able to lift his leg up high enough to scale the side of the cot. Hope this helps!

Katie - posted on 01/18/2012

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Pull the mattress out of the crib and make him a bed on the floor rather then risk him falling and hurting himself. My son went into a twin bed when he was 18 mths with a side railing. I also put a gate on the doorway to his room so if for whatever reason he decided to get out of bed, he could not leave his room to hurt himself on the stairs. He fortunatly never got out of bed. I said "don't you get out of bed now, you're a big boy in a big boy bed" and he didn't, neither did my younger son who was in his twin bed by 2 1/2. good luck....that is a hard stage.

Brenda - posted on 01/18/2012

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Put pillows on the floor around the crib. It will cushion his fall if he tries to climb out!

Chrystal - posted on 01/18/2012

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@Barbara- Laying with him is not a habit it was actually the first time in like a year. He's been having a reemergence of separation anxiety and he was freaking out almost hysterical so I tried laying down with him didn't work but it was worth a try when he was that freaked out. I've started to just skip his nap and he seems to be just fine without it so he had just out grown it.

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2012

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We took the side rail off the crib with our older son. Since the matterss was already so close to the ground. Now we have a 21 month old who does climb everything else but out of his crib. I am sure that will be next.

Barbara - posted on 01/18/2012

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Ah, What I did was take the crib mattress and place it on crates bound together until I could afford a child's bed. Better a splinter than a concussion or broken arm from a fall. Once he/she actually climbs out of the crib there will be no stopping him/her. There is also nothing wrong with a mattress on the floor and it is a good time to let go of the habit of sleeping with him/her or laying next to him/her. Hope this helps!

Sandy - posted on 01/18/2012

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They sell nets for the cribs. it is an entire enclosure that goes under the mattress and creates a dome over the top. Or if he is ready, go for the toddler bed!

Sue - posted on 01/18/2012

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Get rid of the crib ! That like a cage to him, who wouldnt fight to get out of a cage? Lay down with him! Sooth him with words or sng or his favorite book. Hell be out before you know it. Good Luck! Be patient and follow thur!

Chrystal - posted on 01/17/2012

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Thanks for all the tips we've moved him onto the floor for the time being tonight was the first night and he went down without a fuss (didn't take nap again so he was tired guess bye bye nap time too lol) we normally shut his door so we just did that and as of right now he hasn't figured out how to open a door but I expect that to change like everything else so we'll order a baby gate soon. Thanks again for all the help

Laura - posted on 01/17/2012

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I used a crib tent for my twins. It is a net dome that attaches to the top of the crib and zips up.

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2012

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My daughter who is now 16 yrs old was launching herself out of her crib at 15 mths old.I put a futon on the floor and she was very happy to sleep there.It is definitely time for the big boys bed and some kiddie gates at his doorway.JD

Steve - posted on 01/17/2012

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We had exactly the same thing around the same age with our boy being tall and adventurous, so we immediately bought a kids' low single bed for him. I couldn't think of any other choice safety wise.

Susan - posted on 01/17/2012

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Take the matress out of the crib, make a bed on the floor. He can get used to a matress while your waiting for the bed. He'll learn to sleep on a matress safely; they always Roll off and end up on the floor at some point during the night.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2012

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It is time to move to a toddler bed once they can pull themselves out, it becomes a falling hazard. In the meantime, until your new bed arrives, you can take the base out of the bottom of the crib and put the mattress on the floor so it's even lower, or simply just put the mattress on the floor outside of the crib. Once they figure out they can climb those rails, it's all over!

Samantha - posted on 01/17/2012

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Once he finally gets into the big boy bed, if you dont want to use one of those safety rails, just roll up a really thick blanket, tie it in a roll and place under his fitted sheet at the edge of his bed, then put the bed against the wall. My old yoga mat worked too, just make sure it goes UNDER the fitted sheet (the sheet will hold it in place).

Also I cut out my guys nap when he started giving me a hard time at nap, usually makes a 6:30pm bedtime so much easier :)

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My son started doing that at about that time. The fist time he showed up in our bedroom in the morning. The next time I heard him fall. So, I lowered the side down where he still had part of the side up but not high. He was then able to get out easier without falling.

Kristin - posted on 01/17/2012

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Does the side drop down on the crib? I would drop the side down until you get the toddler bed. It will make it easier for him to climb out so he doesn't hurt himself! :-)

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Pull the mattress out of the crib and put it on the floor. Babyproof the room, and put a baby gate across the door frame or close the door to the room to keep him in. My girls both moved into toddler beds by 18 months old, and this arrangement worked well for keeping them safe when I was sleeping at night.

Vegemite - posted on 01/16/2012

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haha I was just remember that our youngest son was too long to fit into a cot at 19mths. Even his large boori cot. My oldest was the one climbing out at 19mths.

Tina - posted on 01/16/2012

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My son has a cot that turns into a toddler bed I was concerned about him falling out though because he's a restless sleeper. So I started by putting his mattress on the floor it takes a bit of getting use to but it's their mattress so they're familiar with it. Put familiar toys with him and blankets pillows etc to make the transition as smooth as possible. I finally went to the toddler bed I've put some thick blankets on the floor next to it so if he does fall out he's got some padding. I also put a safety gate on his door so that he can't get out and get into anything he shouldn't but I can still hear him.

Nikki - posted on 01/16/2012

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my daughter was the same way at an early age she didn't like the confinement so i took her crib mattress and put it on the floor! she did great and slept fine i waited till she was about a year and half then she got a child size bed.



each child is different though but this worked for me

Vegemite - posted on 01/16/2012

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Just make it exciting and let him know how proud you are of him becoming a big boy, that way he'll be proud of himself too. Then just put him in and like Stacey said be prepared for the in and out of bed routine. We also used the saftey rails and cot mattresse on the floor incase of falls. The other thing we did was put a child gate on the door way so they can't get out of the room in the middle of the night and get into something that could hurt them. Later we used the gate as a system to teach them to stay in their room ie. If you can't be a big boy and stay in your room I'll have to lock the baby gate. They didn't like the idea of having a locked baby gate so they stayed in with the gate open most of the time.

S. - posted on 01/16/2012

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We woke up with our just one year old in-between us, totally baffled us till I caught her climbing out, we put her in bed straight away figured it was safer, you can buy sides that attach to the side of the bed and I put the old cot matteress on the floor incase she managed to fall out of it, she's four next Saturday and is still a climber now lol. I'd just put your son to his new bed like you would any other night but be ready if he needs extra settling (as you would anyway)

Chrystal - posted on 01/16/2012

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Yeah I figured that was what the advice would be I knew it was coming which is why we got the new bed ordered but him trying to get out just pushed it up I was hope when he was 2 oh well. So now that I know he's got to get a big boy bed what's the best way to introduce him to it he's not that good with new things.

Morgan - posted on 01/16/2012

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My daughter went into a twin bed at around 20 months as she also started climbing out, we were lucky enough to be able to get a twin that day, but you could put the crib mattress on the floor for a few days or if the back of the crib is higher turn it around so the short side faces the wall.... Either way it's big boy bed time!

Vegemite - posted on 01/16/2012

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cancel the cot and get him a bed. Both my sons went into a king single bed (cot converted to bed a bit lager than a single/twin bed) at 19months for the same reason. Until you get a bed you could put his mattresse on the floor.

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