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spacebaby2 gets a bed

When Josie was around 16-18 months old she started climbing out of her crib like it was no problem. She started by stacking up stuffed animals in one corner, then a week later didn't even need those. Just gymnast over the side, dropped to the floor and started running.

So when people asked, "When do you move your toddler from a crib to a toddler bed?" I looked at them like they were nuts... why would you keep a toddler in a crib? They just jump out! This isn't a question.

Then there's Olive. She was not walking at 10 months like Josie, eventually did just fine with it, just wasn't concerned about it until she was 14 months old or so. And here we are almost to her second birthday and she's still not climbing out of her crib.

Finally this week we said enough, the crib was taking up tons of space, hard to change the sheets, just seemed weird. So we got rid of it and set up Josie's old toddler bed. Olive slept her first night in it just fine.

In the morning I'm getting ready for work when I hear a sound I'm used to... Olive singing from her bedroom. I go in and she's just laying in that bed. Twisting around in her blankie, hugging her toys, sucking her thumb. She sees me and smiles and reaches up for me to lift her up from the bed, just... this is our routine, right? It's morning time, I'm happy and awake, I lay here until someone gets me?

What else could I do? I scooped her up like a baby, took her, her blankie, and favorite chosen toys downstairs. I ask her, "Olive did you sleep in your bed? you know you can get up yourself now right?" and she said, "uh huh, bed!" I say to Marc, "she didn't get up herself, just waited for me. I don't think she gets it." She curled up on my lap and smiled.

youngest kids, man. as an oldest kid I was always sure that baby sisters did everything they could to be the baby for as long as possible. I can't help but think that's it.



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Mar. 21st, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC)
That's sweet.

Bit worried about the climbing out f the cot. The Thing is 16 months and started walking at 10. Hasn't shown signs yet....must be coming!
Mar. 21st, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
I only knew a couple of kids who climbed out of cribs repeatedly at 18 months. Their mobility outstripped their sense of self-preservation by a long shot.

My kid climbed out of his crib 2 or 3 times before he was two (especially during nap time), but then he stopped.

Our house had a lot of stairs, and we did not want him climbing the stairs by himself in the middle of the night so we kept him in his crib until we moved out of that house.
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
I only knew a couple of kids who climbed out of cribs repeatedly at 18 months. Their mobility outstripped their sense of self-preservation by a long shot.

Yeah that describes baby Josie pretty well.
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Thanks.
Mar. 21st, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
AM never really got around to climbing out either. "When" turned into "I don't want to lift you out anymore."
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
my son is 17 months. Hasn't cracked climbing out yet but he's been on his feet since around his first birthday, so it's probably coming. :s
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
We finally had to teach the twins to climb out of their cribs when they were three. James (21m) currently shows no inclination. I think it might be because we use sleepsacks, and that makes it harder? I like it this way, as Ali and I both like to sleep in until the kids wake us up and I don't want to have to worry that my toddler is roaming the house (or even just his room) unsupervised while we snooze.
Mar. 22nd, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Child #1 never climbed out of his crib, but he was also in the same room as us until 22 months (yay single bedroom house) so he really didn't have a chance or reason. He was ejected just after turning two as Child #2 was on the way. Child #2 is barely 13 months and hasn't attempted his escape yet despite his older brother showing it is possible. Both boys started walking around 10 months. I supposedly started climbing out of mine at the same time as your Josie. They're all different that is for sure!
Mar. 23rd, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder if my 2nd child would do this. I didn't start beds until Max was around 3. Nick very well might just stay in his toddler bed...he spends a long time awake in his crib for "nap" and in the mornings.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
ha ha..how cute..

D never climbed out of her crib, which went at her 1st birthday. She wouldn't get down from the bed either. She would just wait there till someone got her out. Now at 5, it's another story!
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