Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Please No, Not Already

I am listening to Reese cry in her room following a thump--the third thump in a row--from her crawling out of her crib and hitting the floor. The first time she crawled out I was trying to lay down and heard someone flushing the potty. Now, I know my dog isn't that talented and Reia was upstairs playing. (I can hear her on the hard floors.) So, I got up to check it out only to find my 18 month old lifting the lid to do God only knows what.

I am totally unprepared for this. Reia didn't go to a big girl bed until she was 2 1/2. Any suggestions as to how to go about solving this problem those of you with multiple kids?

9 comments:

Maria said...

The only advice I have is to go ahead and move them. Totally frustraing I know. But, it is safer that way. My third child did the same thing to me at 19 months. Now he won't stay in bed. I have resorted to putting a gate up in his doorway so that when he does get out of bed, he can't wander down the hall way, especially at night when others are sleeping.

Shelley said...

Mattress on the floor and a babygate for her bedroom door! That's what I think I'm going to have to do with my 2nd one. He's almost a year and he's already trying to climb out.

Kerri Langford said...

Hey Robin,
My daughter Kamryn is 18 months old also. We had to move her from her crib to a big girl bed when she was 14 months old. I was expecting my fourth child and we wanted her to get used to her new bed before the baby came. I was so nervous that it was going to be such a hard transition for her but she actually got used to it very quickly. We got a bunk bed that she shares with her older sister, so we just got some safety rails for her bottom bunk and I started by having her take naps in her new bed during the day. She seemed to really like it, so we started letting her sleep in her new bed at night also. I did have to stand at the end of the hall sometimes to make sure that she stayed in her bed. If she got out we took her back and made it clear to her that she was not to get out again. Within two weeks she was sleeping in her bed every night and not getting out. In my experience, being consistent was the key. Another thing that has helped recently is changing her nap schedule to one time per day so that by bedtime she is very tired and falls right to sleep. Hope this helps! :)

Addie said...

We moved our second one, Carys, into a toddler bed at around 18 mos. too. (Maelee the oldest was 2 1/2 like Reia.) But if she's scaling the baby bed, I'm thinkin' she'll be able to climb a baby gate too.

Sorry, no earth shaking advice here. Your baby girl is growing up!

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

I assume mattress is in lowest position and rails in highest? If so, then I'd lower them so she doesnt get a concussion and do the baby gate thing. Man do you have your hands full! Two baby gates, one on top of the other? Install screen door in her bedroom (somewhat serious here...)

BooMama said...

I had to move A. to a big bed before he turned 2...I have rails on the side of the bed, and so far, so good. I also have one of those things on his doorknob that prevent him from opening the door when I close it. If he needs me, well, that's what monitors are for. :-)

Sarah said...

I'm no help to you--Caiden crawled out at 21 months, and I turned his bed into a toddler bed so he wouldn't damage his brain. He got out of his bed 82,000 times every day during naptime. And at night, he'd sleep up against the closed door. (with doorknob baby lock installed, so he couldn't sneak out) Finally, after a very long time, he stayed in his bed. Good luck :)

theresa said...

Like I mentioned earlier on the phone, you are SO blessed she didn't start this sooner - that lil' monkey of yours! Anyways, go get the toddler bed and I'm no good on the keeping in the room because we weren't living in a two-story when we had Victoria. Good Luck - I'm sure we won't be far behind you. :-)

Leslie said...

Wow! This blog thing is great! What great advice!