You know your kids are smart, and you love to tell your friends about all the amazing things they can do. A little parental bragging time is totally normal. Of course you are amazed at each new achievement, but sometimes the new things they can do aren’t what you were hoping for so soon. Like putting your baby to bed in their crib only to find them playing on their floor 30 minutes later when you thought they were asleep. How did they get there? They couldn’t possibly be able to climb out of their crib all by themselves, could they? From the videos we found, we learned, yes they are little climbing monkeys with Houdini’s knack for escape. So how do you keep your baby Houdini in the crib? Hopefully, these tips help you from being surprised every day by their youthful jailbreaks!
- Lower the Mattress – This may seem too obvious but if you don’t have the mattress at the lowest setting then this could be the easiest way to keep them safe.
- Don’t Use a Crib Tent – We found a lot of recommendations for crib tents, but they aren’t safe! The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns parents that these products have an entrapment and strangulation risk, so this is not a safe solution.
- Anti-Climb Pajamas – This was the biggest discovery for us on researching this post. Simply sew a piece of fabric between the two legs of the pajamas that will make it impossible for the child to lift a leg over the side. They can still move their legs fine but not far enough to let them climb. There are brands that manufacture these, and we also found them on Etsy if you don’t want to sew them yourself.
- Sleep Sack Pajamas – Another type of pajama that prevents climbing has the legs in a “sack” so it would be impossible for the child to climb. We don’t think this would be a very comfortable solution for a toddler, but we wanted to show you all the options.
- Move Them Into a Bed – If you try all of these things, and nothing is preventing the child from getting out of the crib themselves, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moving them to a bed. The AAP News says, “Children may be ready to graduate from a crib to a toddler bed or bed by age 2, according to George J. Cohen, M.D., FAAP editor-in-chief of Guide To Your Child’s Sleep. “When the child gets tall enough to get a leg up to the top of the crib rail, it is best to switch to a bed to avoid a tumble.” He also recommends putting a bell on the child’s door so you can hear if they try to leave their room. The room needs to be entirely childproofed with nothing dangerous within reach. Simply putting the mattress on the floor works well if you are concerned about your child falling out of the bed.
We found A LOT of videos of kids getting out of their cribs, so this is obviously a very common thing. Although these videos are entertaining this is an accident waiting to happen so we hope that these tips help keep your baby safe!
Can you believe these kids?!?! They know no fear! It’s our job to keep them safe so hopefully this post stops their crazy climbing!