My 18 mth old is trying to climb out of her crib, any advice on transitioning to a bed, I think she is too young.

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Tia - posted on 02/19/2009

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Again, do NOT anticipate that your daughter is going to get out of bed all night. Reinforce a bed positively but definately know that you are ready for any situation that may be at head. If it does happen, know what to do. If you are anxious, nervous and distraught about the decision, your daughter will pick up on it and feel that too. You want her to be willing and excited about this new big step shes going to be taking.

Tia - posted on 02/19/2009

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She is definately not too young. She is the perfect age to transition to a bed. Especially since she is starting to climb out. It's a dangerous situation for her to be in that crib if shes trying to get out. There are different kinds of beds you can chose for her. Toddler beds, twin or full size beds etc. There are many things out there and I think you'll be more satisfied with her in a bed. She will grow and develop more too. My daughter moved to her own bed after our son was born, at 17 months. She loved it! We had no problems with her getting out, getting up or getting hurt. I think it would be beneficial to you and your daughter if she moved to a bed. It seems the best situation now anyways since shes trying to get out of the crib.

Adrienne - posted on 02/18/2009

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HI Jennifer,
My 20month old has been in a toddler bed since 14 months. He was climbing and falling out of the crib. We got a toddler bed from Ikea that grows from a toddler to a twin.  When it's a toddler it's like a big square and raised edges on all four corners. He has only fallen out twice. (he moves a lot in his sleep) We put a gate up in the door way so when he won't go to bed he is allowed to play in his room til he goes to bed. A little before 18 months old he was able to climb in and out of the crib where his younger brother slept. My son is very strong willed as well so it took some time and we can't wait til the summer time to get another toddler bed from Ikea. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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Thanks for the help Ann, my daughter has been characterized as strong willed as well, I call it her way or the highway some days. We will try the bed thing, another person has told me to get a baby gate for her bedroom door to keep her at least in her bed. This is an option we are toying with. Thanks again.

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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Having said this, some nights it is far more easier to pat my son on the back or tummy until he is fast asleep. This can be faster & less stressfull if I have made plans for the evening.



Good luck.

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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The supernanny idea works, though it took me a couple of months to convince my little man.  We too were up to 10 & 11 each night putting him back to bed 20+times. Although he still tests us each night by getting up 5 or 6 times just to confirm the silence treatment still exists after the third attempt. I definetly recomend it, I'm told my boy is extremely stuborn so I expect it would work much quicker for you.

Wendy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Do you ever watch Supernanny? I like the idea of if she  gets  out of bed walk her back to herroom with a "it's bedtime. time to sleep in your bed". Second time, "it's bedtime". Third time, walk her back without saying anything.....this, apparently can go into the fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.. time, but according to the Supernanny, will eventually (after a couple of nights) make your daughter realize she has to stay in her bed, and that you mean business.



I will definetly try it with my son when my time comes! :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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I agree with the danger of her falling out of the crib, but she will not go to sleep without a fight in a bed. Some evenings it has taken upwards of 2 hours to get her to sleep, she is not the greatest sleeper and needs to move around a lot to get comfy, I am afraid that our evenings will be very frustrating with her up till 10 every night to get settled, any suggestions to keeping her in bed?

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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Climbing can be very dangerous, I would get a bed asap. 18months is not too young.



I had a 12 month old who one day refused to sleep in the cot after sleeping in our bed while we painted her room, when she slept in her own big bed for the first time she was so happy & excited we had no problems getting her to bed at night.



My son is a climber, at 15 months we removed the side of the cot, transforming his cot into a bed. We put large cushions on the floor just in case he rolled out, as he would kick at the guard rail until it was removed.  It takes half a dozen attempts to get him to stay in bed at night. I much prefer this to a serious injury.



 

Wendy - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son is going to be 3 in 4 months and is still in a crib.....the longer I can keep him in there, the better! :) However, once they start realizing they can climb out, it is almost imperitive that you transition them to a bed before they hurt themselves.



When my daughter first went to a bed, it was alot easier than I expected. They adjust pretty quickly.



good luck!

Karen - posted on 02/18/2009

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The transition was much scarier for me than my children!! She is not too young, and by 18 mos (or after they are walking good) is good time to transition from crib to bed. You may feel more comfortable have a guard rail on side of the bed, so she does not fall out while sleeping. But if you have no guard rail, they figure it out very quickly! Just go for it, and take a deep breath! Much Success!

Kate - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

My 18 mth old is trying to climb out of her crib, any advice on transitioning to a bed, I think she is too young.



Both mine did that!! i found if you can put the cot near a side chest draws or get a book case and put books and a few toys on it so that she can reach suddenly bed is fun again and she should stay untill you get her up or like mine moan they dont want to get up !! hope this helps





 

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