Napping Issues (Climbing out of the crib) - Advice Needed!

Danielle - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies! I need some napping advice. My 22-month-old has recently learned to climb out of his crib. We've taught him he cannot climb out of his crib at night or in the morning until the sun is up, but we cannot seem to teach him to stay in his crib for nap time (for bed time and the morning, we picked him up and put him back in the crib until he stopped climbing out). We tried the same method for napt time, but it hasn't worked...



Our usual nap routine is just for me to lay him down in his crib and shut his bedroom door. He typically sleeps 2-3+ hours at a time. Now that he is climbing out of the crib, he immediately climbs out as soon as he gets down. I've tried several things - putting him down as soon as he gets out (I did this for 90 minutes and put him down 27 times...still didn't work) and also sitting in his room/edging my way out, and sitting outside his door. The past few days, I've rocked him to sleep - not good, I know, but after 90+ minutes of trying to get him to sleep, I was desperate (did I mention I'm 36 weeks pregnant?).



Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I know there are tons of different parenting styles, but for us, we are extra cautious to teach our son how to put himself to sleep (particularly because my husband has such horrible sleeping issues/insomnia).



Thanks in advance!!



Danielle

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Christina - posted on 01/31/2009

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My situation might be different. . . but I was also pregnant and having naptime battles with an almost 2 yr old. I was positive that my daughter needed that nap, (and I needed the break) because like you say, they get so crabby if they miss it. BUT my daughter is, shall we say, "spirited?" Naptime became a major battleground for us, and with me being pregnant and hormonal it was not a good thing. After almost a year of naptime being hit-or-miss and me being almost out of my mind from never knowing when I was going to have a minute to myself. . . I quit fighting. I didn't want to let her "win" but nothing I was doing was working anyway, so I just quit. I would put her down without any big to-do and if she wouldn't lay down, I would just tell her that it was naptime and that I would see her after nap and leave the room. For about a week she just promptly got up. I didn't react negatively or positively, we just went on with our day. Then she just all of a sudden started staying in bed. I found that it helped if I told her that she didn't have to sleep long or stay in her room forever, she could just sleep as long as she wanted and then get up. Of course once she was out, she slept for the 2-3 hours her little body needed! I think for her it was just the "fight" that kept her resisting it. The battle went away and it wasn't a big deal any more.

Danielle - posted on 01/29/2009

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Thank you all!  We considered switching our little guy to a toddler bed, but since I'm about to have a baby, we're trying to avoid any signficant changes.  He's a very agile climber and we're not worried about him climbing out of the crib - though, admittedly, we're leaving our recliner next to his crib to make the climb out easier/safer (he can climb with or without the chair by the crib, so we just leave it).  We also considered doing the crib tent, but since he does so well at night in the crib, we thought we could do without it - at $50, it's a steal!  We can only find them for $80! 



Any other thoughts?



Danielle

Dana - posted on 01/29/2009

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I agree that you should put him in a regular bed, also when our son started having trouble napping, I told him that he needed quite time.  I let him have a book or another toy that did not make any noise, he still had to stay in bed and usually it only took him 10-15 minutes and he would be asleep.  Hope that helps.

Claire - posted on 01/28/2009

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I agree on the toddler bed. We converted our daughter's bed when she was just over a year because she was such an avid climber. As for getting him to sleep, try getting him a musical toy. We have a glow-worm and a Tad the Tadpole (I think it's VTech) that plays lullabyes for 5 or 10 minutes on its nighttime mode. Our routine now consists of our daughter turning on both of them and getting tucked in. I suggest the musical toy instead of a music box because he will be able to play with it if he's awake in his bed.

Jenn - posted on 01/28/2009

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maybe try switching to a toddler bed with a baby gate at the door. when its nap time put him in his bed and tell him he cant come out until he has a sleep. if he can climb out of the crib tho, its def time to switch before he ends up hurting himself.

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