I am facing a little dilemma with my youngest son Grant. He has now learned how to crawl out of his crib and it’s become a game. I don’t know what to do! He’s 18 months old, and I think he’s too little for a bed, but at the same time I’m worried that he’ll hurt himself if we keep him in a crib. Plus, things are complicated since we are staying with my parents until our house is built in December. Today I put him down for a nap and thought he was sleeping. The phone rang, and in the middle of my conversation I hear a “HA HA HA HA HA”. Grant had gotten loose, picked up the other phone, and started cracking up on the other line! It was so cute that I couldn’t really be mad, but I just don’t know how to contain him at this point. If you have any ideas, e-mail me because I could use some help on the subject.:) Aside from that, it’s been a great weekend. We all caught up on our sleep and now we are getting ready to hit Target. Gabriel wants to look at “boy stuff” and Jim and I still haven’t decided what to get him for his birthday. He’s turning 4 in a few days and I am so proud of my big boy! Hope you are having a great weekend, enjoy the warm weather!
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I just read your blogs about your 18 month old, my son did the same thing at that age. Yes he does seem to little for a big bed, all I did was make sure to leave the side of the crib down. They do make those beds that use a crib mattress and I have heard that they are great. Good luck with that.
I just wanted to let you know that we moved out son to a big boy bed when he was about 16 months. We have another baby due in 7 weeks so wanted to get him transitioned into the new bed long before the baby came since we’ll need the crib for the baby. He did beautifully. It is a regular twin bed and we have the toddler side rail up. He has never fallen out (we have the Dex High Hinge bed rail as it works with bunk beds and it’s 48 inches long so there is a big enough opening for him to get in and out of and we don’t have to worry about him falling out) and he loves being in a big boy bed. We never had to worry about him climbing out of the crib. If you are worried about Grant’s safety, a big boy bed is someting to consider. I think you’d be surprised how well he’ll do.
I heard about your “escapee.” My newphew did the same thing; however, he was on the second floor and we had to worry about him falling down the stairs. We even tried the baby gate in front of the door, and he would just climb over that. He thought it was a game.
My sister decided to try out a toddler “Big Boy Bed.” It was difficult at first, but now there is no problem. I think that it is time for a big boy bed. He could injury himself trying to escape the crib. I know Toys R Us has a wonderful selection of toddler beds. Best of luck Brooke.
We used a Crib Tent which you tie onto the top of the Crib and it makes a dome over the crib. You just unzip it to take baby in and out. This might buy you some time. Eventually though he will likely figure out how to unzip it himself. Good luck!
We were forced with this dilemma when pregnant with our second child and our first was only 17 months when we started her in a big girl bed. We bought a full size bed mattress set (no frame) and set it right on the floor and got two bed rails, one for the side and one for the foot and pushed the bed up against two walls. She did GREAT and never fell out or climbed out once. Good luck, just wanted to let you know it has been done before. 🙂
You can put the crib mattress on the floor and make it look like a real bed with the blankies etc. OR you could also raise it a bit on bricks or blocks and use a piece of plywood cut to size under the mattress. Then use the side rail to keep him from falling out when he is asleep.
Then there is always the pack and play They can’t crawl out of those.
Have you tried putting the mattress UNDER the crib on the floor? then with the side rails all the way down, he may not be able to escape!!!