Any advice for 17 month old climbing out of junior bed?

Carmela - posted on 08/22/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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i recently converted my son's crib to a junior bed since he was climbing out of the crib (albeit quite competently ) every single night and at bedtime. the problem now is, most nites it takes a good 2 hours to get him to fall to sleep in his junior bed. if i leave before he falls asleep, he climbs out and goes to the door looking for me (the door is ajar with a baby gate to prevent him from leaving the room and getting hurt. i have been staying in the room with him until he falls into deep sleep. this sometimes takes 2 hours! then even after he falls asleep, he wakes up in the middle of the nite and comes looking for me. last nite he got up 5 times from 11pm to 3am. i keep going to him and putting him back in his bed, where he goes willingly until he later wakes up and looks for me and sees i am not there. should i just leave him be? if he gets up and goes to door (with gate) and let him cry it out? i am not sure if he will scream, play or maybe eventually take himself back to bed. I am exhausted and cannot continue to function like this! any/all advice is welcome!

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Carmela - posted on 08/23/2012

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Thanks so much Kim! I was concerned that I tooj him out too early but I did drop the bed all the way down and he kept climbing out (he I very agile!) I am going to take your advice an let him cry . The room is safe. Like you said, he may just get tired enough and go back to bed or fall asleep in the floor, I appreciate your advice!

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