Any of you moms have your baby fall or climb out of their crib? What did you do?

Kimberly - posted on 08/29/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old fell out of her crib the other day, which completely shocked me, because I have no idea how she did it AND I was in the room! I feel like the world's worst mom. I quickly lowered the mattress to the lowest and raised the rail to the highest. I took her in to get checked out for any concussion or broken bones. Am I alone on this, or has it happened to other moms (I'm sure it has, but I still feel horrible) ?

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Dorothea (Dee) - posted on 08/29/2009

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It may be time for a small bed! Babies do get tired of the confinement of a crib and will get out any way they can. If the crib is at it's lowest, and your baby can still climb out, get the bed. And your not the world's worst mom.

Teresa - posted on 08/29/2009

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None of my kids ever fell out of their cribs.I had them in toddler beds before that could ever happen.

Kate - posted on 08/29/2009

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My little boy did it once by accident whilst jumping around like a mad thing, he didn't enjoy it and didn't do it again! We actually did the opposite, the cot was already at the highest rail height/lowest mattress height, so we dropped the bar to its lowest, put soft matts down, made sure the stairgate was closed and let him get used to finding his own spacial awareness, they learn faster than you'd think! then we put him in a junior bed really early, no fuss at all, a couple of tumbles whilst getting used to it but now he is 17mths he loves his bed and we wont have all the toddler strops most people get when they make the switch at 2+.

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I did that when I was younger so my mom knew the signs to look for when my daughter started to do that at her place. She then quickly took her out of the crib and placed her in a toddler bed with a pillow on the floor next to the open part of the toddler bed. Since she was 10 months at the time we had to watch her carefully but after that week with grandma she refused to go back into her crib at the house without a fight. So we bought a "toddler bed gate" from safetyfirst that you can put on any bed to keep them from rolling out of it and converted her crib to a toddler bed since she still fit in her crib. It is still like that now and she loves it.....it keeps her secure at night but allows her the freedom to get in and out of bed herself without having to wait on mommy or daddy.

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Cathralynn - posted on 08/31/2009

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If you are not ready for a toddler bed, even if your young one is, they make crib tents. They prevent babies from climbing and falling out of cribs. My daughter has never climbed in her crib, she's 15mo. Even tho she climbs on everything else! I like to think its cause we trained her cribs are for sleeping waaaay early. But who knows, every baby is different. But crib tents are my plan, my daughters room is downstairs while mine is upstairs and I want her to stay in bed if it becomes an issue.

Irina - posted on 08/29/2009

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Our daughter climbed out of her cot when she was one. That was a big Boom and cry. At first we put a mattress next to the cot. Then we attached a rail and put some toys in her cot at the end. Now she is ok. She barely climbs out and even playing with toys in the morning after she wakes up. Only then she is calling for attention.

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2009

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my eldest did it when he was 1 in the middle of the night, scared the life out of me so i put him stright into a toddler bed with a gaurd to stop him falling out & a staire gate on his door, it didnt work to great for him & he ended up going into a travel cot for a while as these are not so high (so not as far to fall if they do climb) he never did climb out of this & went into a bed fine when he reached about 2, i would advise anybody to put a spare mattress or pillows on the floor by the cot just in case though

Kimberly - posted on 08/29/2009

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Thanks everyone! I have a convertable crib, I think I will be switching it to the toddler bed option! LOL

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Time for a toddler bed. It's not your fault. You can't protect them 100% of the time. We'd like to, but it's just not possible. - Our daughter fell off of our bed, and climbed out once. I felt horrible, but it happens. I still want to wrap her up in bubble packing, but I don't want her to live like a hermit. Good Luck with whatever decision you make!

Tara - posted on 08/29/2009

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My daughter started getting out of the crib (with it in the lowest position, etc) when she hit 15 months. We had already decided to move her to a toddler bed by the end of the summer because her brother (or sister, don't know yet) is due in September.
We moved her to the toddler bed just after she started being able to climb out of the crib and just put some flat pillows and/or a double-folded blanket at the edge of the toddler bed - she's been in the bed for 2 months now and rarely falls out anymore. Of course we have to keep her bedroom door closed because she can also vault/knock over any of the baby gates we have, but that's another problem entirely :)

Tara - posted on 08/29/2009

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my son fell of MY bed before.... I felt horrible, but he was ok. babies learn to move when you least expect it.

Kelly - posted on 08/29/2009

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The first time Kimberly climbed out of her crib, I traded it for a toddler bed. She was just over a year old. Don't worry it is normal and not your fault. You are not alone.

Susan - posted on 08/29/2009

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The logical and last step of putting the bed at the lowest position with nothing in the crib to be able to be used as a stool to boost themselves up. Verified with the pediatrician of no injury. We placed a body pillow on the floor next to the bed to soften the bounce when escape was atempted again. We proceded to getting a simple wooden smooth sided and low toddler bed, with again a body pillow on the floor next to it just in case. Both boys had no trouble adjusting to the new bed and even were excited by the new bed they could climb in themselves. Our eldest then moved back to the crib which was coverted to a day bed that was higher than the toddler bed.

Dana - posted on 08/29/2009

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When it happened to my daughter, I decided it was time for a toddler bed. Worked out great!

Rachel - posted on 08/29/2009

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my son fell off the bed at 4 months and went to the ER...the scariest moment of my life!!!!!! all kids fall off the bed and out of the crib and the ppl at the ER were like oh yeah kids do it all the time no big deal! i was like yea it is to me! but they have these mesh net things u can buy online and maybe in the store that is like a tent that goes over the crib and zips up and it prevents them from falling out...when my son was 1 he went to a toddler bed cuz i was so afraid of him falling out of the crib or climbing out

Jeanie - posted on 08/29/2009

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My little boy started jumping out of his crib at about 11months. I had already purcashed a toddler bed at that point so the crib got put away and the bed came out along with the stair gate across his bedroom door at night.



If your worried about them ro;;ing out of bed in their sleep you could try a bed that has a lower matress. My son's matress actually sat about three inches below the edge of the bed, so it stopped him from falling out except for when would have nad dreams.

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I just changed my child from a crib to a bed just before he turned one, as he was climbing out and falling. My crib was turned into the bed option. It was very low and I also put a double douvet folded next to his bedside so if he rolls off there wouldn't have a big fall and it would be soft landing. Osnathttp://maaslife.blogspot.com/

Candice - posted on 08/29/2009

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i can make you feel amazing compared to me. i was setting up a playpen and my daughter crawled off the end of my bed!. STOOPID MOVE!



kids learn to climb out of their cribs, it happens. you might want to put something soft on the floor in case it happens again. but for now...it's the first of many falls for an exploring, learning, climbing toddler.

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