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.

BOOM!!!

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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.

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  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.

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  2. Suzanne Tucker says:

    Thanks Lisa. Toddler bed shopping – here I come.

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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