How to Escape from your Crib (at 19 months of age)

Much to this mom’s dismay, my 19 month old daughter climbed out of her crib after nap-time yesterday… and then I’m pretty sure lured her twin brother (4 minutes younger so there’s that!) to do the same. I walked in and my baby boy was sitting on the floor in front of his crib with a not so very happy look on his face saying “BOOM! BOOM!” Baby girl (can I still call them baby at 19 mo?) on the other hand was happy as a lark, walking around the room pulling blankets out of drawers, reveling in her new found freedom and POWER! ^_^

I set up the camera to catch her in the act. This is what I found.

Anyone else had a baby get out of the crib this early? My other two went 2.5 years before moving to big – girl – beds and never even attempted to climb out. Please share your creative thoughts on managing this. I’m all ears! Thus far, I’ve decided to lie down on the floor ’till I am certain my ‘lil Houdini has safely drifted off to slumberville. 🙂 My boy ain’t in ANY hurry to throw himself over again, that’s for sure.



Suzanne, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommy-ing to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and twins born in February of 2010, Suzanne owns a holistic health center in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Parent Coach.


  1. My oldest climbed out for the first time at about 16 months – he walked at 10 so I wasn’t terribly surprised. I took it as the sign that it was time to switch to a big boy bed – put the crib mattress on the floor & went from there. I figured that once he knew he could get out he would so he’d be safer on the floor.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear, but how I andled it with both of mine.

  2. Suzanne Tucker says:

    Thanks Lisa. Toddler bed shopping – here I come.

  3. OMG! The footage is priceless. It was like she walked right over and wanted to disable the security cam!

  4. Tommy started climbing out of his crib just about his second birthday. After weeks of worry and constantly checking on him I accepted that he was going to do it and I couldn’t stop him. Check the STL sleep expert guidelines before making the move(I think if you google STL Sleep Center you should find it). She has some recommendations of when a child is ready for a big bed. Good luck!

  5. Oh my goodness! Look at that big girl. Hard to believe what she is capable of these days!

  6. My daughter was on the brink of escaping when we purchased her a crib tent. She now loves her tent! A former version had some safety issues, but I have never been concerned. We use a video monitor and have promised that if she ever starts to pull on the top of it, we’ll move her to a real bed. Now that your daughter has tasted freedom, it might be too late for a crib tent. But, it might be worth a try.