Is 18 months to young to start toddler bed, if not any suggestion on how to keep the kid in the bed.

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Cindy - posted on 08/15/2010

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We started our son at about 18 months because we needed to use the crib for our second baby. The first week was really the hardest and of that week, the first few days were a real struggle but we just kept putting him back in bed every time he got up. He tried to make it into a game but if you stick with it, it'll happen. The first time they get up, put them back and say "good night, I love you." and leave the room. The second time, say " good night" and leave the room. After that, don't say anything to them at all and just keep putting them back in bed.

If you don't need to use the crib for any other reason yet and your baby isn't able to climg out of it, just let them stay until they can climb out on their own. it's easier for you and it wont hurt them a bit. Good luck!

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Helen - posted on 09/01/2010

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no a toddler bed is better than falling because he has climbed out of the cot. we put our son in a toddler bed at 16 months and put a stair gate across his door. we found he slept best when we removed all the toys from his room and just left him with the soft toys as noisy toys stimulate them to much and keeps them awake.

JESSICA - posted on 08/31/2010

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my son was 16 months when he started getting out of the crib for the first week he had to adjust to it, but definately not to young if your child is ready and climbing out of the crib he is now 17months and loves his car bed

Marie - posted on 08/18/2010

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To start with I also shorten the sheets when i made the bed (folded a single sheet in half and made it a top & bottom sheet) with the duvet overtop so you couldn't tell, plus had pillows on both sides so she was: 1) nice & cosy and the bed didn't feel too big & 2)so she couldn't roll out. That might help too? Oh make sure they both go to bed at the same time, or if that doesn't work, the oldest first to sleep so the younger can see what they're meant to be doing!!

Eventually going to bed at the same time will work :o)

Tanya - posted on 08/18/2010

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Thanks for asking this question. I am also trying this with my 18 month old because we will need the crib by the end of January for the next baby. So far I'm unsuccessful with the bottom bunk bed in his older brother's room. I'll keep trying. I really don't think it's too young, but my husband disagrees. We kept our first one in the crib until he was just a bit over two. At the time we also had the convertible crib back then. It turned into a day bed which was smaller than the bottom bunk of this bed I'm trying now.

Marie - posted on 08/18/2010

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Definitely not too young. My daughter was in a full size single bed at 12 mths. In fact where she REALLY wanted to sleep was in the top bunk with her brother!! We had to take the ladder away, and that still didn't stop her climbing up there (she was and still is a lil' horror at climbing!!). Anyway, we started her just in the weekends in her bro's bottom bunk. Alternating kinda made it easier, cos she decided in the end that a big bed in her own room was better.
She was still having a bottle to go to sleep with, so that made it easy cos i'd just put her to bed with a bottle and she'd go to sleep!

Jill - posted on 08/17/2010

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We moved our son out of his crib at 18 months only because we were expecting our second child. We were really lucky because we never had an issue with him getting out of bed. One thing we did do was lay with him in his bed until he fell asleep for the first few months. It worked for us with no problemos. Good Luck!

Lyndsay - posted on 08/17/2010

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If your kid is climbing out of the crib, make the transition. Its a lot safer for an 18 month old to fall out of his toddler bed than it is to fall out of the crib.

Jane - posted on 08/16/2010

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If the 18 month old is climbing out of his/her crib then no, the child is not too young. Just make sure you get side bed guards on the toddler or twin bed so they don't fall out. The one thing you'll have to decide is how you will keep the child in the room when you are asleep but then again, you're probably already dealing with that if the child is climbing out of the crib. Good luck :)

Debbie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Nope 18 months is not too young we did it with our oldest b/c one he was climbing out of his crib and also we were expecting baby #2 and wanted him to get used to his new bed and that the crib was going to be for the new baby :) He was fine as a few have said we had to chase him back to bed a few times but after a week or so he was fine.

Dawn Marie - posted on 08/16/2010

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I dont think it is too young, my children were in a full size bed at 12 months. I found if I sat outside the room for about 15 minutes reading a book, if they were to get up and come out of the room I would be able to put them back to bed. It was also comforting to know that they were safe, they even liked it if I sang a bedtime song so they knew I was there.
They are now grown, happy, healthy and in college, so I must of done something right.

Leighann - posted on 08/15/2010

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Our daughter started in her bed at the same time. At first, she would sleep on the floor but after a few weeks, she decided her bed was way more comfortable. It has to depend on the child and if they are ready for it. I say try it once and if it doesnt work, than he/she isnt ready.

Becky - posted on 08/15/2010

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At around 15 months I moved my daughter to a toddler bed because she was trying to climb out of her crib and I was terrified that she would fall and hurt herself. She almost made it out once and got her leg stuck between the bars pretty good. She was always easy to put to bed though. When it was bed time, she never fought me, just went to sleep. The problem was the morning, when she was ready to be up, she was up and since I worked more evening shifts, it was usually earlier than me. I just had to make sure I was getting up around the same time as her to keep her from getting into trouble.

Michelle - posted on 08/14/2010

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my daughter is 16 months and we moved her into her toddler bed, I picked the tinkerbell bed out for her as she is in love with fairies and we got the disney fairies bedding to go with it she loves it so much that she sleeps in it

Elizabeth - posted on 08/14/2010

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I put my LO in her toddler bed as soon as she could figure out how to get down from places such as the couch. By doing it early she had no idea that getting out was an option. At least not for her. I used to rock her to sleep too so when she got in she was ready to sleep anyway.

Melanie - posted on 08/14/2010

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I don't think its too young you will know when it is time to put them into a bigger bed my little girl is 21 Months and she isint in a toddler bed yet shes not ready but when she is I am not going to waste my time and get a toddler bed we are going to put her straight into a single bed with rails on the side

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My daughter is 13months and I taught her how to get out her toddler bed just to avoid falls! But know I thnk ur 18month old is ready for a toddler bed! Good luck

Crystal - posted on 08/12/2010

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It's not to early. You either can just continue to put him back in the bed when he gets out and let him know thats its time to sleep, or with one of mine I had to work my way out of the room. Start off by the bed the next night move a little closer too the door and so on and so on. When you get to the door he should be ready!! Good luck.

Amy - posted on 08/12/2010

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It's not too early. Is your child climbing out? If not leave him/her in there until they do, because it's SO much nicer!

We moved our son at 14 or 15 weeks. The first week was the hardest because he was so excited he could get in and out of bed so easily himself. We found that we had to lock his room until he was sleeping and/or add a baby gate to the door to keep him in. Now with him being 2 we still need to lock him in sometimes (although now he's figured out every baby gate we've tried with him).

Siti - posted on 08/11/2010

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My daughter is 26 mths n she has been out of d crib for half a yr already. she sleeps on a pull-out bed, low to d floor, so we do not have any worries about her falling from great heights at night. If your child is able to climb out of d crib, it's time to pack that crib away .. :) that was how it was with my girl.

Sarah - posted on 08/11/2010

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I dont think its too young if they are climbing out of the crib. I would suggest a bed low to the floor. We started our daughter in a regular bed when she was 20 months old and she did fine. It took a week or so of chasing her back to bed after putting her there but eventually she stayed on her own. We would read her a story or two while she was lying in bed to help calm her down. Good Luck!

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