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    • Our daughter is getting pretty big, and the recommendation for our crib was to move them into a toddler bed at 35" or they will be able to climb out. One thing that was pretty nice about a crib is that it certainly limits mobility, i.e. the little maniac can't escape.

      Our first nap was pretty interesting, we had to take turns standing outside the door keeping her from getting out of the room, while listening to all sorts of activity going on inside. None of which was napping of course.

      We've heard of a few different strategies like putting a lock on the outside of the door, or putting a gate on the other side of the door, but we aren't quite sure what to do yet.

      Anyone have any success here? I think our daughter is a particularly light sleeper and doesn't go to sleep easy, so we think this might be a little rough.

    • We’ve done this 4 times now... it is easier for some kids than others. Here are some ideas that may or may not be relevant to your toddler:

      - We transitioned when they could climb out of the crib or when we felt they were ready for it (in the case of a 3 year old who just wasn’t a climber.) We had one who insisted on launching herself out of her crib before the age of 2. In other words, I don’t think their height is as salient as their propensity to climb.

      - pack n plays are typically much harder to climb out of so we kept a few of our kids napping in a pack and play even after they spent nights on a bed.

      - sleep is like potty-training: you can’t force a child, but you can control the environment. We switched to “quiet time” when they threatened to give up their nap and streamlined their room so there were only a few things to do. (If they gleefully unloaded all their dresser drawers, we’d just relocate the clothes until they got passed that stage.) Quiet music, dim lights and a timer for an hour. “You don’t have to sleep. Just have a quiet time.” They usually would get bored and sleep but even if they didn’t, we still had some down time and they played independently.

      - if/when they come out of their room before it’s time, matter-of-factly put them back in. No discussion or emotion since you’ve already told them it’s quiet time (or bed time).

      - a visual indication of when they can come out is helpful. Look into a “time timer” for naps or a wake up light for mornings.

      ... our early climber:

    • Thanks for the advice! What we decided to try tonight is reversing the lock on her door so we can lock it from the outside. She only tried it once and put herself to sleep after maybe 20 minutes.

      Pack and play during the day is a great idea!

    • Oh man this worked great. She climbed into bed after a few minutes and slept all night. Same thing for the nap today!