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so when did everyone switch thier kids from a crib to a bed? my daughter is 2 1/2 and is currently still in a crib. ive tried switching her to a bed but she would get up in the morning with out me hearing her and go cause trouble. so i put her back in a crib. i would like her to sleep in a bed though because i feel shes old enough. any suggestions?
 

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My friend's daughter is 1 year 7 months. She's getting out of her walker, and will soon be getting out of her crib. My friend is already looking for a bed for her. She's actually going to buy her a FULL SIZE bed (lol) because she says she doesn't want to have to buy a new one when she's ready to move on up.
 

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yeah i bought a crib that converts into a bed. but when you convert it you either have use the crib mattress or buy a "mattress extender" which makes it like a really long crib mattress which i could never find sheets for. i didnt know this when i bought it. it was about $700 so i really dont want to ditch it but i'm considering it.
 

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My daughter takes naps in the double (full) size bed that is in her room. She should be nite sleeping in it by the time she is 18mths..then we will move #2 into the crib. The best advice I have heard (and I will be trying it out) is to make sure that there is nothing in there they can hurt themselves with and put a baby gate up in the doorway so they can't cause havoc in the house. They do have those rails for the bed..or I've heard of putting a mattress on the floor, but I think that looks terrible, so I use a pull out trundle (like from under a day bed) they are usually low enough to the ground that if your daughter did get out to play with the toys in her room (or even get some water from a cup) she should be able to hop back in when she is tired enough to go back to sleep. Just advice I have heard from people that worked for them! good luck!
 

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well she doesn't just play in her room she reeks havoc around the house. once she had a scissors and was about to cut the cats hair off eek! since shes 2 1/2 baby gates are really no challenge for her and she knows how to open doors.
 

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One of mine was 2 and the other was about 2 1/2. My toddler just got switched on his second birthday too.<br><br>
In all fairness, one of my twins co slept with us from about 12 months until we transitioned him to his toddler bed though. The baby coslept with us for about 6 months and then he had a hard time sleeping with his dad all moving around so he went to the crib for about 18 months. he was ready at 12 months old but we were moving and took us about a year to get the bunk beds ready for the older ones so he could have one of their toddler beds. Now my twins are in bunks and the baby is in a toddler bed. Maybe by next year the baby will be out of the toddler bed too.<br><br>
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well she doesn't just play in her room she reeks havoc around the house. once she had a scissors and was about to cut the cats hair off eek! since shes 2 1/2 baby gates are really no challenge for her and she knows how to open doors.</div>
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Buy a baby monitor and place it by her door and put the receiver next to your bed. Turn it up full blast. You should be able to hear her shuffling about and opening the door. You could also get one of those door toys made for older kids which are triggered when something walks through the path and it says something. I don't know what they're called. They were hugely popular not so far back. It won't stop her but you'll definitely hear it go off when she goes out of her room.<br><br>
Eventually you'll have to let her out of the crib. It's not a permanent fix so, if baby gates won't work, baby proof the house and make it impossible not to hear her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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My 1st son went to a double bed at 14 months. He was a climber. We bought the double bed because he rolls a lot so he had a lot more room to roll around on rather than go to a single bed and have him fall off. We only had the top mattress on the floor in case he did fall...he wasn't going to fall far. We kept the baby monitor in his room and put a baby gate up in his door so he couldn't escape.
 

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My kids went from crib to a bed when they got old enough to climb out of the crib. They both did that before they turned two. My son adjusted just fine and was never any problem. My daughter on the other hand was a little terror. She would sneak out of the house in the middle of the night or create mischief in other ways. She even broke her window and climbed out back one time. We finally turned the door knob around so that we could lock it from the outside.
 

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why do you 'feel' that she is ready for a bed rather than a crib? what is the real difference between the two emotionally for you vs her?<br><br><br><br>
in cosleeping circles (no crib, sleeps with parents), children often move into their own rooms and beds between 2 and 5 yrs old. it's different for different children, but they determine the move ultimately. this is because much of the parenting theory surrounding modern cosleeping is about child soveriegnty--that is, the child knows and understands her own situation and feelings, even if she isn't able to communicate them, and will assert when she is ready for certain changes in her living circumstance. Thus, a lot of these 'big changes' such as weaning from breast feeding, potty training, and having one's own room are all determined by the child, based on the child's self-knowledge and desire, rather than what the parents might 'think' or 'feel' is appropriate, unless those thinkings and feelings are based on child assertions.<br><br><br><br>
anyway, just some things to think about. i don't think it's problematic to have a 2.5 yr old sleeping in a crib if it makes her happy and comfortable, unless she's simply too big for the space.
 

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What if you get one of the covers to go over the door handle so that she can't open it. Theres different types depending on what kind of handle the door has.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/jump.jsp?itemID=307761&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=307761&cm_ven=Sortprice&cm_ite=OSA" target="_blank">http://www.onestepahead.com/jump.jsp...ice&cm_ite=OSA</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://perfectlysafe.stores.yahoo.net/74015k-drawerlock.html" target="_blank">http://perfectlysafe.stores.yahoo.ne...rawerlock.html</a>
 

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ok so i made her crib into a bed. so far shes fallen out 3 times and claimed a "bug" was trying to get her twice and came and slept in our bed. i'm thinking about switching back
 

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ok so i made her crib into a bed. so far shes fallen out 3 times and claimed a "bug" was trying to get her twice and came and slept in our bed. i'm thinking about switching back</div>
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Honestly, you have to do what you feel is right but waiting longer won't solve these problems. I still have to walk one of my twins back to bed at least 4 times a week and he's 5. My twins also slept on the floor of their room for almost a year. I don't know why, they'd start on the bed but end up on the floor.<br><br>
You can wait another year but you'll still be facing these issues.<br><br>
You could always try a sticker chart and give her a sticker for every night she stays in bed. After X number of stickers she gets a prize of some sort. Also you can put the mattress on the floor so if she rolls off she won't fall far. Once she starts to be able to sense the end of the bed, you can put it back on the frame again.<br><br>
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I'm sorry, I thought your thread said Bad Question, and I had a moment where I thought, "Well geez, if you know it's a bad question, why the hell are you asking it??" Now I just can't stop laughing at my mistake!<br><br><br><br>
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We switched pretty early because she was getting her poor leg stuck. She was 19 months. Took to it pretty easily. I did a little weaning by staying in her room at first. Even though she had been going to sleep alone for months in crib.
 

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We took the side of the crib off that goes up and down and put up a bed rail when Olivia was about 21 months old. She never tried to climb out of her crib but I was worried that when she tried she would fall. Now she can get in and out of her crib when she wants, unforunately! We put a baby gate up to block her from sleepwalking or climbing into bed with us.<br><br><br><br>
If your little one can get over a gate try putting two up! Have one above the bottom one. You may want to put the top one on upside down so that you can get her out quickly if needed.<br><br><br><br>
We will be moving her to a double bed once we pick it up from my inlaws house. I think she will like it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">I never owned a crib.. we've always co-slept. When she wants her own bed i'll get her one.</div>
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Same here!
 
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