How can you stop a 2 year old from climbing out of the crib?

Nikole - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My two year old will not stop climbing out of his bed. People told me to put him in a toddler bed but he will just keep leaving his room then...help.

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Michelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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my 2 daughter was the same so we had to have a few nights of hard work but it was worth it, she now sleeps in her bottom bunk bed without getting out at all

what we did was put her in her bed and leave the room but waited at the door, as soon as she got out the bed we went in said no sleeptime put her back to bed. the times after we said nothing just picked her up and lay her back down and left the room. good if you and your partner take turns. did take us a few nights and i was going mad by the 3rd night but the 4th night she didnt budge. my daughter turned 2 on sunday and had been sleeping in her bunk bed for 3 months now and no more problems. hard work but it paid off.

Demelza - posted on 01/14/2010

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We converted my sons crib into the toddler bed and used a gate for awhile but then he started to climb over the gate. Our solution was to make his bedroom door into a "Dutch door". My husband cut the door in half a few inches above the handle. We can lock it from the outside and leave the top half open so we can still see in the room.

Kelian - posted on 01/23/2010

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What was the solution? I think a toddler bed is a very good option.

S. - posted on 01/22/2010

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i think when there climbing out of there cot it's a clear sign they should'nt be in it anymore, my daughter started climbing out when she was just over 1 years old so we got her a big girls bed put a gate on her door and on the stairs just to be on the safe side.
she's just turned 2 and she's been fine with it

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Melmo - posted on 07/05/2014

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My daughter is 22 months and has been going through a sleep regression for a month now. I think we're dealing with multiple issues because she used to sleep all the way through the night, and then all of a sudden she was waking up several times during the night and can now climb out of her crib. She won't go to sleep in her crib without one of us there. At daycare though she has no problem going down in a pack n play by herself, and sleeping for naps. She doesn't try to escape at daycare at all. Anyways, we've tried lowering the mattress to the lowest point, she can still escape, and we've tried moving her to her own bed which results in her leaving the room and crying for an hour to two hours while we silently try to put her back to bed. Gates stopped working at 15 months when she started knowing how to reach over and pull the latch up, and push it over :/ . Anyways, I thought that the crib tent would be the answer since two books I recently bought suggested them but now see that they are off the market. Not sure what the next step is.

Monica - posted on 08/29/2012

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if he has his own room you can put up a baby gate in his door way. That helps. make it were he cant shut his door either. even when he leaves his bed its ok he's still in his room he'll realize you aint coming to his rescue and go to sleep. first nights will be the hardest.

Tammy - posted on 08/28/2012

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i like the idea of the crib tents but i cant seem to find one every where i look they say that they have been recalled. my daughter and granddaughter have had to move back home with me and i have brakeables and oxegen machines in my room that i must have and my 2 year old just loves to get into them well i have put up what brakeables that i can but i cant my machines. she climbs out of her bed and not only am i afraid she is going to hurt herself but she messes with my machines. and i dont have room for a twin or even a toddler bed in my bedroom does anyone know where i can get one of those crib tents?

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Ok I just want to state that depending on your child and what type of sleeper your child is a toddler bed may not be a waste of money or time! My son is a very restless sleeper & falls out of bed a lot. His toddler bed even has safety rails to help keep him in, but since it is a bed & not a cot those rails only cover the first half of the bed. So he manages to toss himself down to the bottom of the bed and roll out, all in his sleep. So a toddler bed is ideal for my son as they aren't as high as a normal bed and it is piece of mind for me. Now I know eventually I will have to buy a bigger bed and I can see how some may think this is just an added expence but I am hoping by that time he will be used to sleeping in a bed and he won't fall out.

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i tried the toddler bed and returned it a week later. she is now in a twin bed with a guard rail and she LOVES it. i tell her if she needs anything just say mommy, and i will come to her but not to get out of bed. she usually wakes up once a night but she will go right back to sleep without getting out of bed. :) good luck. be consistent. do not give him attention if he gets out of bed. just put him in bed and say it's sleeptime and if he whines, ignore it.

Corry - posted on 01/21/2010

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Don't waste your money on getting a crib tent. Your child is 2 years old and therefore old enough for a "big boy" bed! Don't bother with a toddler bed either, they're also a waste of money! Get him a normal twin size bed, and put a gate up in his doorway!
My little girl just turned 2 on the 7th, we got her a twin size bed for Christmas. She loves it and we have never had a problem with her getting out of it!

Pamela - posted on 01/17/2010

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I would put him in a bed the sooner the better I put my son in at 13 months ( he could climb out and he had a brother on the way ) we transitioned over 4 weeks and he loves his bed !! he will come out sometimes but we just take his hand and walk him back don't give him to much attention and he gets it .. for my little ones ( 10 months) 1st birthday we will get him a bed too as he has started to climb out of his cot ( yes I have early walking monkey children heheheh) we would just convert his cot but its to high off the ground and I don't like the idea of that I also liked the way we did it with our first he would started by having naps in his bed and as he got used to that then we introduced bed time .
good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 01/16/2010

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He may just be ready for a toddler bed! Once they can "defeat" the crib, no sense in trying to lock them in and risk injury.

Lindsay - posted on 01/15/2010

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We put our daughter in a twin bed and put a gate at her bedroom door. She sometimes gets out of bed after we put her to bed, but always climbs back in and goes to sleep. We also have minimal toys on her room, so she isn't tempted to get up and play, but it's enough to keep her busy in the mornings.

Belinda - posted on 01/15/2010

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take off the bumbers and any pillows and toys the child can climb on.. Watch the Doctors show in the afternoons.

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I had the same problem not that long ago and after a fair while of pulling my hair out in frustration and the constant worry he was going to brake a bone. I gave in at bought a toddler bed. I too held off because of the same worries of finding him in all sorts of strange places or helping himself out of his room but you know what? He was that excited about having a big boys bed (that's what we called it at first) that we have had minimal problems with him. For about a week we found him asleep on the floor instead of the bed & we had to chase him back into the room once or twice but he has been in a bed now for 3 weeks and we haven't had any problems with him at all lately. Maybe you should try the toddler bed it might not be as bad a time as you think it will be.

Goodluck

Natalie - posted on 01/14/2010

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The crib tents work beautifully with my son! He co-slept with us for a year and when it was time to put him in his crib he absolutely refused to get in it much less stay in it. My mother bought us the tent and ever since we started using it he actually ENJOYS going to bed. I guess he just enjoys having his own little space. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 01/14/2010

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There are crib tents you can purchase if you need to keep him in his crib. We have a crib tent on our daughter's crib since there were some things I was not able to baby proof even for me to be comfortable with her being in a bed yet.



Or, can you put a gate on his door to keep him in his room? That is what we will most likely need to do when we move Jaclyn into a toddler bed.

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