Time for a Toddler Bed?

Leanna - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 16 months old, but for the past 2 weeks he has been climbing out of his crib. I have lowered his mattress as low as it will go and the rail stays up, yet he still manages to climb out and fall on his butt or back and starts crying.
I'm worried about his safety and I do not like the idea of crib tents. I have heard several horror stories about toddlers strangling themselves and I know my son could do it since he always manages to figure out how to undo things. (Such as the child safety latches on the cabinet doors.)
Should I go ahead and put him in a toddler bed though he wakes up ever few hours and wants me to be there. Since he climbs out he comes to my room with his blanket and animal in tow and wants to sleep with me.
How do I resolve these issues?

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Nancy - posted on 06/25/2011

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Take the mattress from his crib and put it down on the floor until you get a toddler bed! The first time my daughter vaulted out of hers and I removed the drop down side and put up the safety rail. Just make sure that you child proof the room as little tots can find anything and everything to play with.....my daughter it's the diaper cream she found in the bottom drawer of her dresser.....what a mess.

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I definitely think you should go ahead and put him in a toddler bed. My son never climbed out but, when he was 18 months old I walked into his room after his nap to find him with one leg over the rail about to fall over onto the floor. The crib was converted to a toddler bed before bedtime that same day lol Like you, I just didn't want to take the chance of him being hurt, or worse. You should be prepared for having to put him back in his bed multiple times each night though. Once my son figured out he could get out of the bed anytime he wanted.....it was crazy lol There were nights where I would put him back into his bed for what felt like the millionth time, and then I'd just lean on the wall outside his door because I knew that in about a minute or less I was going to have to go back in there and put him back lol If you worry about his safety in the night, like getting into cabinets (you said he's figured out the locks), then something I've heard to do is to put a baby gate in his doorway. That keeps him in his room where he is safe, and if you use a monitor, you can hear him when he gets up, and if you want him in bed with you, just go get him.



As for your other issues, my son is now 3 and a half and we have accidentally become a bedsharing family. He sleeps in the bed with me pretty much every night. A little over a year ago, we moved from Florida to NY and had to all 3 share a room for the first 3 months. He got used to being in the bed with my husband and I and now I can't get him to sleep in his own bed unless I let him fall asleep in mine and transfer him to his. I like the bedsharing though, for the most part. So I'm in no hurry to force the issue of him being in his own bed. He'll get there when he's ready. Sorry I'm not much help!

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Leanna - posted on 06/26/2011

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You were more help than you give yourself credit for. I appreciate it. I never thought about putting up a baby gate in his door way. I used to share beds with him when he was an infant because I had a C-section and I couldn't bend over the crib, but now that I'm becoming a working mother and he is a very active sleeper, I can't stand it. Something about being kicked and laid on in the middle of sleep doesn't work too well.
I hope you and your family are doing well and take good care of yourself! Thank you for the help!

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