Totally OT

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Sun, 03-14-2004 - 2:36pm
When did you guys know to put your kids in a big kid bed? DS climbs out of his crib now at the end of naps & in the morning (about 50% of the time) if I don't run in there to get him. Since he's 1/2 monkey, the climbing doesn't really freak me out (hasn't fallen yet), but I'm wondering if that isn't a sign of readiness I'm overlooking. He is still something of a wild sleeper and I do often find him curled up completely opposite of how I put him in there, which is one of the reasons I'm not sure he's ready for a big bed yet. He'll also do things like stretch his legs on the sides of the crib and stuff. I can take 1 side off the crib, but that seems like a long way to fall to me--I'd almost rather start him out on a twin sized mattress on the floor--but then I'm afraid he'd miss the enclosure of the crib. Is this making sense?

Thoughts?

TIA--Christi

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Sun, 03-14-2004 - 7:39pm
When my kids were still in cribs, wiggly and climbing out, but not big enough for a big bed, i just left the side of the crib down, so they didnt get hurt climbing out. when they were around two yo, we put them in twin beds, and never really had a problem with them falling out. i really dont know why, but we didnt. when we put them in a big bed was just a "gut feeling" when the time was right.
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Registered: 07-02-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Sun, 03-14-2004 - 8:02pm
All three of my kids were different. My youngest was the most challenging. She started climbing out of her crib at 10 months. I lowered the side so she could do it more easily and to prevent a fall. To transition to no enclosure, I put the crib mattress on the floor and put one of those little side rails on the one side. I put the gate up at her door to prevent her from getting out to *cook* (or play in the kitchen). She was a big time climber - if we didn't gate her in, she'd be climbing on the counter tops for sure. After a couple of weeks on the mattress on the floor, we put her in a double bed. I couldn't see the sense in buying a toddler bed. Over priced and you get such little use out of them.
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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 4:30am
get a regular twin bed, put it up against the wall on one side and buy a toddler rail to put up on the other...also gate the doorway just in case.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 5:23am

I always figured that when they could climb out, it was time to get them into a big bed, but I really don't know.

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In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 5:38am

At about two, two and half.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 6:27am
With mine, she moved when she started climbing out of the crib. At that point, there was no point in putting her in the crib anymore, since it didn't contain her. She did fall out of bed on a regular basis till she was 4 or 5. I used to as well, so I never thought much about it. Usually it didn't even wake her up, we only knew because we would hear the crash. If that concerns you, there are apparently rails you can put on the bed. Most cribs also allow you to lower the mattress so that with the side down, it becomes like a bed with a bedrail. You could maybe start with that. How old is the "monkey?"
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Registered: 03-23-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 6:59am

I'm not the one to ask - dd slept in her crib until she was nearly five, and cried when she had to move to a big bed. She really, really liked her crib, lol.


DS is 27 months, and we'll probably have to move him to a big bed soon, since he's outgrowing the crib. He still wakes up once or twice almost every night, though, so we're worried about him getting out of bed and wandering around without us knowing it.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 7:10am
When he begged to be allowed to sleep in the bed (around 2). It had been in his room from the start. If I waited for him not to be a wild sleeper, he'd still be in a crib (at 6). That's what bed rails are for.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 8:00am
But how did she get up to use the potty?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mygarnetboy
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 9:37am
Not all kids are as weakbladdered as your entire family, LOL! I think DS has gotten up twice in the last four years to use the potty.

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