Crib to bed...

Laura - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old and is trying everything she can to get out of her crib. We have put the crib as low as it will go. Isnt she to young to change her bed??? HELP!

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My daughter has been sleeping in her "BIG girl bed" since she was 15 months. It's always tough to get them to first stay in the bed. What has worked for both my kids was to cuddle, tuck them in with a kiss and say goodnight. Then walk out of the room. When they get out simply open the door, pick them up and put them back with out saying a word. The first couple of nights it will take awhile (just keep repeating), soon they may cry but won't get out, later they will go to bed no problems....give it a try.

Shaely - posted on 05/26/2009

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Most Toddler beds are low to the floor and have safet rails. Trust me if your daughter is at least 30" tall or taller switch to the bed. Our Graddaughter is 31" tall and it only took a couple of really hard tries and she was up and over the rail. Better to be lower to the floor than a bad fall from the crib! I say trust your own judgement and ensure that if she is in a bed you have a baby monitor! Make sure her room is child proof. I would strongly suggest though that maybe you try putting the crib mattress on the floor and graduate to the toddler bed. Our children had a special bed made by Papa and well you just can not buy them like that. Our Granddaughter is bed ready each child graduates steps at their own pace.................hope this helped.

User - posted on 05/26/2009

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hi my son is just 16 months and has been in a bed for a week. if you feel she is ready go for it. i have had no problems with my little man going in - put up a safety rail on each side, for the first few nights i put his cost mattress at the end of his bed so he could learn to get out properly and if he fell hed fall onto a nice soft landing. he loves it so she may be trying to tell you thats what she wants. good luck :)

Shân - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have just put my son into a bed from a cot about 4 weks ago as he could climb off my bed which is alot bigger than his, he is doing really well and if he wakes up in the middle of the night he will just walk into our room and jump in bed with us, so if you think shes ready try it! I have put a couple of blankets on the floor by his bed just in case he does fall but hasn't so far.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/21/2009

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yeah i think if the child cant even walk yet that is definitely too soon and i would think that parent is crazy...imo....parents push their children too soon to do things, to be big kids, they are only a kid once so let them be it before they have to be eventually. we did because our daughter at one point was ready for it, we tried it when she was 1 1/2 and she was so not into it. she would have really bad scary nights for her, we just decided to forgo it for a while..we tried when we was a few months over 2 and she took it only because we let her pick out her own stuff, for her room. if they arent ready then dont do it or dont do it too soon. if you look at most standard boxes for toddler beds they tell you recommendations are no sooner than 15 months. i personally go by what the jpma says and what manufacturers recommend.

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2009

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My youngest was just switched to a toddler bed about a month ago... he loves the fact that he can go to bed on his own and when he gets up in the a.m. he wakes me up without having to scream and cry. I think this is great for his independence, so I would say, no it's not too early to let her have her freedom

Heather - posted on 05/07/2009

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I heard when they climb out, is when you put them in a toddler bed. My daughter is still in a crib, but my Niece,(born late Jan 2008) is in a Toddler bed already, and she doesn't even walk yet. It may be a little early as far as "Averages" go, but your baby might just be ahead of the curve.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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Hello,
I took my son out of the crib at 15 months old. I had heard that putting a mattress on the floor was the easiest/safest way to do it. We tried it and it worked with no problems. After a few months of that we put the mattress in front of his twin bed. When he was ready he started sleeping in the twin bed. I never had to worry about him falling out and he never got out of bed. To this day (he will be 3 next month) he is excellent about bed time. He was talking and walking very well at 15 months. My daughter is currently 15 months and is no way ready to be out of her crib. Each kid is different but the mattress on the floor is a great way to see if they will stay in bed without worrying about them falling out.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/01/2009

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also make sure you get a toddler bed that you can put bed rails onto her bed. baylee falls out frequently, we made the mistake of purchasing the plastic toddler bed cause it was princesses and it was what she had wanted. big mistake later because on those plastic toddler beds they dont make bed rails for them. now we are stuck with it..but be careful if she has a hard time with it and is upset, crying..etc. she might not be ready for the toddler bed, baylee would be really upset and wasnt ready for it, she was scared. we waiting til she was 25 months and she was finally ok with doing it, took her a few nights to get used to it, i think it was easier since we was a bit older to comprehend it, that she could pick out her big girl bed, that she didnt have to be afraid of it because mommy and daddy were close by. we tried when baylee was 17 to 18 months old and she was freaked by it, but she wasnt at the understanding level that she is now that she is closer to 3.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/01/2009

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hey monica,
we didnt move baylee until a few months ago, she is now 2 1/2...she wasnt ready for it before then, she freaked everytime we tried, we tried again a few months ago and was successful..most toddler beds you buy have in the instructions not to put them in before they are a certain weight and/or a certain age...just make sure your daughter is safe and that you have things baby proofed to prevent bad accidents. you should also talk to your pediatrician too, see what they say, we always go by what our pediatrician says, she told us that she sees alot of parents with three and four year olds still in cribs because mentally they arent ready for it, she said if you can keep them in the crib as long as possible that is close to three the better for the child.

Anita - posted on 05/01/2009

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We tried the crib tent (do a search on google for it) for a while but then the zipper broke because my son pushed on it too much. It was nice for a while though. He's still in his crib (even though he successfully jumped out once, he hasn't been trying much recently and I think the crib tent helped in some way.) We have an old futon mattress on the floor right up against the crib. We tried having him sleep on the floor for a while, both with and without me present but he just kept getting up and playing. We are going to try the toddler bed soon but I think he'll just end up on the floor playing rather than sleeping. It's definitely a tough situation! I empathize.

Karyn - posted on 05/01/2009

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We switched our daughter to a toddler bed a few weeks ago...I know some think its early, but she was getting too big and heavy for me...our crib side was broken and the mattress was all the way lowered and the side was stuck in the up position...shes been doing well. You do have to remember that in the bed, she'll be able to climb in and out as she pleases, so you'll need to make sure her room is childproofed. We close her door at night so she can't wander through the house. Sometimes we'll put the gate in front of the door..again...just so she can't wander freely! The first week or so, she fell asleep crying on the floor in front of the door, so be warned of that!

Monica - posted on 05/01/2009

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I would think she is too young. Is she able to climb out? If not I would leave her there!!

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