My baby fell out of his crib

Daisy - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old and i believe he is going through separation anxiety as he does not leave my side not even for a minute, he gets upset if i put him in the playpen or the crib. So i put him in his crib because he had fallen asleep but he started crying hysterically, while i was in the bathroom and all i know is that i heard a loud thump (mind you the room is super close to the bathroom and the doors are always left open), he had fallen out of his crib or i believe in his anxiety to come to me he jumped. Luckily he is good, i observed him and he started acting like himself again, not a bruise, not a bump in the head nothing at all. I keep saying that his guardian angel protected him because it is unbelievable how nothing happened to him. We lowered the crib to the lowest possible setting but now i am fearful he will fall again. I want to get him a toddler bed like elmo or cars that has the side railings and are low to the ground but not sure either.

He's almost 16 months and the toddler beds are for 15 months or older. Has this happened to anyone?

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Chancey - posted on 01/04/2011

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That happened with my oldest. We skipped the toddler bed and went straight to a twin mattress(no boxspring)but left it on the floor-so no frame. Her ped strongly recommends not using side rails as children have become entrapped between the railings and the mattress and/or the bed frame and some have even died from it. If you want him to stay in the crib they do make crib tents you could try.

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Carmen - posted on 07/14/2014

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The mattress on the floor works great and you can put a gate at the door, it's like a big crib:-)

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Chet - posted on 07/14/2014

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Take the crib apart and just put the mattress on the floor if you aren't comfortable using a toddler bed yet.

I know the some people like to skip the toddler bed and go right to a regular bed. Personally, I love toddler beds! I can stuff the foam mattress in the washing machine if I have too. It's easy to move the bed around to get toys out from under it. Toddler beds are smaller and leave lots of room to play.

IKEA sells a bed that is the width of crib mattress, but slightly longer. Our girls slept in their extra-long toddler beds until they were 7.5 and 9, and I expect that their brothers will use them until they're at least that old.

Renae - posted on 01/04/2011

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Most toddlers I know have climbed out of their crib at some point and that is usually the thing that makes the parents move them to a bed. There is no reason he cant go into a bed now if you want him to. Most kids fall out of bed (even with rails) a couple of times, but they seem to learn how to stay in it pretty quickly. A mattress by the bed for the first few weeks is a good idea, I used old couch cushions. My baby fell out twice in the first week and then never again. I got an extendable full width bed. Toddler beds are not as wide as a single bed. The one I got is the width of a single bed and can be extended to 3 lengths to make a toddler sized, child sized and teenage bed. It is still low to the ground, about the height of a futon. I got it from Ikea.

Lacye - posted on 01/04/2011

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It hasn't happened to me but if it did, I would switch to the toddler bed. I have one for my daughter, she's 19 months, and I got it when she was 17 months. If he's climbing out of his crib, it's time to put him in a toddler bed.

Tiffany - posted on 01/04/2011

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This hasn't happened to me yet, but my niece is 2 and has learned to climb out of her crib. She fell out a few times before she figured out how to climb down it. My brother put blankets around the base of the crib just in case she did fall. That might be something you could do until you do get a toddler bed. I'm terrified for my daughter to start doing this.

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