Did you get a midnight visit from your little crib-climbing gymnast last night? Are you now concerned about their safety and are looking for toddler climbing out of the crib prevention tips? Are you considering transitioning them to a big bed but really feel it is too soon? Take a look at these tips and see if maybe you can delay the decision for getting rid of the crib until they are 2 ½ to 3 years old.
Tips To Keep Your Toddler From Climbing Out Of The Crib:
- Alter their sleep sac to have the bottom narrow enough that they cannot spread their legs wide enough to hoist their leg over the railing. You can even cut off the bottom of the sac off so their feet are out and it is narrow at the bottom. They do not have the developmental reasoning, to figure out how to lift the sleep sack up to their waist, so they can then lift their leg over the railing. If you are not big on sewing you can take the sleep sac to a tailor.
- Research anti-climbing sleepwear. Yes, there is such a thing. You can research to find the company you feel comfortable with. The company Cribberz is one example of the anti-climbing sleepwear.
- Drop the crib mattress to the floor. If you are able take the bottom out of the crib and put the mattress on the floor without a gap between the bottom of the crib and the mattress so there is no risk of the child being caught between the mattress and crib. Hopefully then, the crib might be deep enough that they are not able to climb out.
- Consider using a travel crib like a Pack-n-Play instead of a crib. Often because of the soft netting sided toddlers are not able to climb up the sides.
Special Note: With all of the tips above be sure to remove all “climbing aids” from the crib like toys, stuffed animals and bumpers. You will also want to make sure that you move all furniture (dressers, chairs or tables) away from the crib.
Are you wondering why I mentioned waiting until they are 2 ½ to 3 years old before transitioning them to big bed? Check out my blog, The Big Question: When To Transition To The Toddler Bed?, that talks about reasons to wait on transitioning to a big bed. Good luck with keeping that cutie in the crib! Wishing you many nights of sweet sleep.
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