The Dreaded "THUD"

[deleted account] ( 5 moms have responded )

So for months now, my husband and I have been waiting to hear the dreaded "THUD" of our son climbing / falling out of his crib. I had just gotten comfortable in thinking that he wouldn't do it because he had never so much as lifted a leg to attempt it. And then one night, not 2 minutes after we had put him to bed, we heard the horrible, dull thump as he hit the floor and then the longest, loudest scream we've ever heard. He's ok, thank God. As it turns out, he was only able to "get out" because when we put him to bed, we forgot to put the rail up. Usually we take turns putting him to bed but that particular night we both did it and we both assumed the other had put the rail up. Talk about feeling guilty!

With that being said, do you ladies think I should go ahead and turn his crib into a toddler bed even though he was only able to climb out because of the rail being down? Since then I've seen him try to get his leg up with the rail up and he can't get anywhere near the top.

I don't know, sometimes I think it's ME that isn't ready for this. It seems like just a few weeks ago I had this tiny little creature sleeping in the bassinet next to my side of the bed. And now to be actually considering a toddler bed seems so surreal.

Anyhow, should I go ahead and do it? We sleep with the bedroom doors closed because I don't like the cats getting to where we sleep. I was worried about him getting out of bed in the night and wandering the house (he's figured out door knobs) so I put a door knob safety cover on the inside of his door, just to be prepared. Is it time?

Thanks in advance for any responses.

5 Comments

View replies by

[deleted account]

I checked awhile ago when I put him down for his nap and his armpits are at the top of the rail (with the rail up). I think I may consider making the change. Thanks for the advice ladies :)

[deleted account]

Quoting Elizabeth:

I'd keep him in the crib as long as possible. Just make sure you leave the rail up, and maybe throw a couple pillows under the crib just in case.]

You can use a gate too to keep him in the room. You definitely don't want him wandering around at night!



Thanks :) I have a door knob cover on the inside of his door to keep him from wandering :)

Elizabeth - posted on 06/10/2009

121

0

13

I'd keep him in the crib as long as possible. Just make sure you leave the rail up, and maybe throw a couple pillows under the crib just in case.]

You can use a gate too to keep him in the room. You definitely don't want him wandering around at night!

Rhea - posted on 06/10/2009

13

3

3

If you think he can't get out with the rail up, then what's the problem with leaving him in the crib? I read that toddlers should move out of the crib when their armpits are at the rail level, if that helps any.



I haven't considered moving my son yet to a 'big' bed, but thanks for mentioning the door knob safety cover on the inside of his door. Not sure why I hadn't thought of that but I'll definitely be keeping that one in mind!

Rhea - posted on 06/10/2009

13

3

3

If you think he can't get out with the rail up, then what's the problem with leaving him in the crib? I read that toddlers should move out of the crib when their armpits are at the rail level, if that helps any.



I haven't considered moving my son yet to a 'big' bed, but thanks for mentioning the door knob safety cover on the inside of his door. Not sure why I hadn't thought of that but I'll definitely be keeping that one in mind!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms