My son turned 1 on october 2nd he climbing his pack n play and crib , what next?

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Julie - posted on 10/11/2010

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My son is a big climber, still and before moving him to the toddler bed, I used something called a crib tent. I got it used off ebay and it was significantly less expensive than list price.
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Ok, that's not a link, but you could probably copy and paste it to see what I mean if you haven't seen one.
Anyhow, he cannot unzip it from the inside and I knew he was safe/couldn't climb out. Plus, if you have kitties, it keeps them out of the crib, too;)
II started transitioning my son to his toddler bed about 2 months ago and have used the crib with tent sparingly ... mostly for nap times when he doesn't think he is tired and won't stay in the toddler bed.

All in all, I think I used the crib tent for a little over a year and definitely got my money's worth.

Rachelle - posted on 10/10/2010

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My oldest was in a toddler bed at 14 months and I just put a gate at his door so he wouldn't escape at night. He knew how to pull the childproof handles off at 10 months (as soon as he could reach them). He loves his bed and misses it when we go away. If you don't want to buy a toddler bed, just put his crib mattress on the floor until he is ready to go in a regular bed. We had a toddler bed given to us or I wouldn't have gotten one for our son as they really don't fit in them for very long. Money wise you are better off getting a twin instead. When we go away, I take a bed rail with us so he doesn't fall out or I take the crib mattress with us when we go to relatives. That way he also gets his own blankets and sheets and feels more at home. Good luck! My son had no problem with the transition, but not every child is the same! I know our youngest (now 14 months) is definitely not ready for a toddler bed like his brother was!

Krissy - posted on 10/10/2010

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my girl does the same although she doesnt want to walk first-which if she really wanted to she could. i took her cot away and placed her on her cot mattress on the floor like i did with her big bro when he was 1. i bought her a regular bed but when she climbs she face plants so the floor is a good place till she learns face planting not so good. i also have gate for her so she cant get out of room. 'new beds' for kids also start with fun and games 'look mum i am freeeee' lol unfortunatly for me my temperance loves her bum patted now,bad idea but as big bro has special needs i need her to go down first........all i can say is good luck i hope all goes well.

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My daughter is currently a climber at 11 months... I haven't noticed anything with her crib, but I don't think there's a way for her to get a good grip yet.

I plan on getting her a regular bed. That way we spend less money in the long run. I'll get her a nice bed and get a guard for it. Pillows at the bottom sound like a really good plan. You never know even with a guard.

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My son was in a toddler bed at 1. His bed was pushed against the wall and the other side I bought a rail for so he couldn't roll off of his bed. He loved sleeping in it. Don't be afraid to move him to a toddler bed. Kids are ready for things at different ages. I hate it when people compare my boys to theirs They do things at their own pace.

Joli - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son is 16 months. He has been climbing almost everywhere...stairs, couches, and the crib. In the meantime, I have him sleeping on the floor on top of pillows. He rolls around in his sleep a lot. Whatever works...
I asked my doctor last week if my son is ready for the toddler bed and told him about my concerns of rolling off it. He still felt that my son was ready for the toddler bed and recommended the pillows on the floor by it. I am in the midst of ordering a piece to turn my son's crib into the toddler bed. Good luck!

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My son was a little older than yours when he started trying to climb out of his crib. But as soon as the first time I saw him trying, I turned his crib into a toddler bed because for him to fall from the toddler bed was maybe a foot from the floor. For him to fall from climbing over the rail was 3-4 feet. A good general rule to keep in mind is that if a child falls from a distance less than their height, they normally don't get hurt seriously. But if they fall from a distance that is more than they are tall, the chances of broken bones, etc. is a lot greater. My pediatrician told me that tidbit of info when my son was learning to climb onto things and falling quite a bit. A piece of advice for you, if you do decide to make your son's bed into a toddler bed. Here's what I did, because his room was on the other side of the house from ours and I was so worried he would get out of his room and either hurt himself or get into everything before we could hear him. We put a doorknob cover (the childproof ones) on the INSIDE of his door. That way, if he woke and got out of bed, he could play safely in his room with his toys and there was no danger of him getting hurt elsewhere in the house. Best of luck to you :)

Jessica - posted on 10/08/2010

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My son was a climber before 1 year and it was hard! You have to try to stay one step ahead of him. Look around and try to gage what he will be able to reach from other places. He will also make steps out of anything he comes across. My son would pull out his dresser drawers and make stairs to he could get ontop of his dresser. I have also found him on my window sills (get safety gates on windows so he doens't fall out of the screen), in the kitchen sink, on the stovetop (it was off!) and many other places. You will have to live without knick knacks for a few years and invest in many gates to keep him safe. It will get better. I think my son (who is now 7 years old) stopped climbing by 2 years, probably earlier but I have forgotten. Hang in there!

Jen - posted on 10/08/2010

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he sounds like a very smart 1 year old i would say get him toddler bed but think about gates at the bedroom door n saftey sides if he is likely to do sum moving around or sum escapes in the night lol. good luck hope it solves your problem.

Meghin - posted on 10/08/2010

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I moved his crib as low as i can... but he clims anything he can, he will actully move his toys near the window and climb up on them to see out side, i finnaly had to put locks on his dresser drwers because he would open them and then start to climb. He doesnt even walk yet but hes climbing everything.

Jen - posted on 10/08/2010

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has he not got a wooden cot where you move the matteress lower. if not then i say yes to a toddler bed

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