Do you have an 18 month old jumping out of their crib? I found the solution…you’re welcome.
I wake up in the morning to a noise and jump out of bed to investigate, assuming it would be Kaylin playing with some toys in her room. Only it wasn’t Kaylin playing…it was Braden.
Braden, my 18 month old dare devil that sleeps in a crib. A CRIB. A Crib that is supposed to prevent my toddler from being able to get in and out at his own leisure.
I never heard him jump or even cry but somehow, this little mastermind crib felon had escaped the pen. Crib Pen that is.
Surely it was a fluke, so I do what any normal parent who is in denial about their kid being able to get out of the crib at such a young age would do…I stuck him back in and watched him get out. I put him in the crib and not even 2 minutes later he’s got one leg over the side and is scaling his way nicely down the side of the crib.
He’s ecstatic. He’s proud. He’s off running thinking “Haa haa Mom, look what I can do! Peace Out Crib”
After discussing possible solutions with some of my dearest mommy friends and determining that although putting him in a black and white striped jammy jumpsuit and attaching a ball and chain are probably out of the picture, it looked like the only way around it was a toddler bed. I was and am not ready for this little mischievous dude to be strolling around the house on his own accord so I went to work looking at other alternatives.
Googling 18 month old jumping out of crib resulted in a whole bunch of people telling me what I didn’t want to hear: Toddler Bed.
Try a Crib Tent they say! Crib tents…They’re recalled!
Lower the mattress to the lowest setting they suggest! It’s already lowered darn it!
Put the mattress on the floor of the crib! Yeah, that’s notgonnahappen since it’s not SAFE people.
Well, we found a solution. If you’re 18 month, 16, 17, 15 month old is jumping out of their crib and you have a crib like ours that is lower on the front and higher in the back, try this:
These kids are growing up too fast! One minute he’s a little baby in a crib, the next minute he’s jumping out and landing on his feet and acting like an adult. Next thing I know he’ll be drinking some coffee and doing my taxes.
Share this with your mommy friends who may not have thought of this solution to keep your toddler in a bed a wee bit longer. They’ll thank you for it.