Thursday, July 31, 2008

keeping me busy these days?

Did I mention that a certain someone learned how to climb out of his crib?

AT EIGHTEEN MONTHS?!?!?!

He just wedged himself into the corner of his crib, leaned over the side and lifted his leg over the edge. Then he gently lowered himself down to the floor. All we heard was a little "thump" and then "pitter, patter, pitter, patter" and he was at his bedroom door trying to get it open.

The pediatrician was at a loss for advice. He is definitely too young emotionally to be put into a toddler bed, but of course we're terrified that he is going to injure himself on one of his exits from the cage. So far, we've been lucky. We're padding the bedroom floor around the crib, and locking the upstairs gate every night, and then hoping for the best.

I'm devastated, of course. I was hoping to keep him contained until he was 3! Now I'm hunting around for a decent toddler bed, since the move is approaching quickly. Has anyone used a crib tent? Should I even bother? What about duct tape?

10 comments:

Maribeth said...

Okay, take a deep breath.
Mandy was about the same age when I had to put her into a toddler bed. For her own safety. But with that I also had to start having rules about going to bed and staying in bed. My second child came along when Mandy was 23 months old and so by then She was okay with the fact that the baby got the crib. In fact during nap time or early in the morning she sometimes climbed into the crib to sleep with her baby sister!

Chatty said...

Oh I meant to tell you that the Sister in Law is using a crib tent with the little one (the one that is 8 weeks younger than Gabe and Mister and has been climbing out of his crib for over a month).

Seems to be working so far.......

Rev Dr Mom said...

I'm not sure I get the "too young emotionally" to be put in a toddler bed. Once he can get out of the crib, what's the difference?

And I really empathize--my older daughter climbed out of her crib at 15 mos.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Sean is sooo not ready for a toddler bed, but he has NOT yet tried to climb out of his crib. Though, I'm waiting for it... any day now (hopefully later rather than sooner!)

If you get the crib tent, let me know how it is...

Sad thing is, that Sean would be able to open his bedroom door if he were to get out of the crib. Argh.

Infant Attorney said...

I was a nanny for a family of three boys and the middle child started crawling out of his bed at about a year. The crib tent worked really well because he couldn't unzip it to get out. Though he did start trying to rip it off which left big holes so it may work for at least a little while.

Anonymous said...

We transitioned our son to an adult queen-size bed (with side rails) when he was 13 months old. He just hated the crib! He is 17 months old now, has never fallen out, and every once in a while he wakes in the night and crawls into our bed. We love it and don't miss the crib at all.

Ninotchka said...

If my kids had slept in cribs long enough to climb out of them, I would have some really sage advice to give. Sadly, no. They didn't. Though I do recall Natalie climbing out of her crib at a frighteningly young age on the rare occasion that she slept in it. Seriously, like 10 months or something crazy like that.

Beth said...

Oh man that sucks. I hope you are able to work something out and no one gets hurt in the meantime. At least if you sort the bed thing out now it will be one less thing to worry about with a baby around?! Trying to look for positives here...

Pasifik said...

at least you are happy to have a healthy baby.

http://bed.toddlerworlds.com/

OneTiredEma said...

I don't get the not emotionally ready for a toddler bed either.

My kids never "took" to cribs and were in toddler beds by 14 months or so. (BUT: They slept in our room at the time, and weren't the type to get out of bed and look for trouble--whenever they woke up they made a beeline for me.)

The toddler beds that take a crib mattress are so small it shocks me that 3yos consent to use them. I am sure that in the next couple of months we will move my son to a twin; my daughter was in a twin from age 2.

Anyway, there are no "rules" about this--but there are definitely ways to keep him safe even if he's not in a crib.