cribs.... till how old?

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cribs.... till how old?

I was just wondering how long most people keep their babies in a crib. We are picking up a second one this week from Craigslist. Luke will be 1.5 when the baby comes.

I know at this point Luke would NOT stay in a bed. he would climb out and proceed to dump everything off his shelves etc etc. Is there an age when they will actually stay in their beds?

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

I was just wondering how long most people keep their babies in a crib. We are picking up a second one this week from Craigslist. Luke will be 1.5 when the baby comes.

I know at this point Luke would NOT stay in a bed. he would climb out and proceed to dump everything off his shelves etc etc. Is there an age when they will actually stay in their beds?

I think you will find most transition around 2. And it is always a struggle getting them to stay in their bed! There is an adjustment period where they get out of bed and play.. but with my kids they would always go back to their bed and lay down as they tired and eventually when the new-ness wore off they stopped getting out so much!

It also depends on what kind of a climber you have. My kids all climbed out of the crib before they were 2.. which means it is safer to switch them to a toddler bed. But for some reason my kids climbed out more at naptime and at bedtime seemed to stay in the crib so we still waited til 2 to switch to a toddler bed!

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Belle got into her toddler bed at like 18-19 mo because we needed the crib for Ben. It took a LONG time before she realized she could get out on her own Blum 3

With Ben I plan on leaving him in it until :
1) he climbs out
2) he's ready to potty train
which ever happens first

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DD was 2, DS#1 was 2.5. But my sister had her kids in until they were both 3.5. My older sister had her son out by 1.5.

It's all about you and your child. If he's climbing out or if he's willing to stay in a regular bed, your comfort level, etc. There's no hard and fast rule. You'll have to play around with things and find what works for you.

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My DD was into a toddler bed at 18 mos. She was having night terrors, but at first I thought she was thrashing around getting her legs caught in the bars of the crib, so I switched her over. She did fairly well. Until her father and I split up and she started sleeping with me. Sad

DS is still in the crib at 2 yrs, 4 mos. I don't plan on switching him over until he learns to climb out. We have a toddler bed for him (my DH found a Thomas bed at a garage sale for $50!) but I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it! DS is a holy terror lol, he WILL stay up all night playing if given the chance. Especially now that he can reach the light switch Smile It's funny, he will try and climb in, but can't, but won't try to climb out. Oh well.

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Noah just moved into his big boy bed a couple of months ago. So he was a bit past 3. Until then he had no desire to climb out of it, and I didn't want to mess with a good thing! He does get up earlier to play now that he has his freedom, so I'm glad I kept him in it for this long! Lucas will stay in until he starts to climb out as well...which I think will be a lot sooner with him. Noah was never really a climber, whereas Lucas is a major climber!

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Anthony went into a toddler bed at about 27 months. I don't remember the transition being hard, though he did come and visit us in the night (but he did that vocally anyways from his crib!). I think Alexander will be sooner because he's so tall I think he'll be able to climb out.

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We went by the climbing out rule--if they figure out how to climb out or if it looks like they have the skills/willpower to, it's better to switch them to a regular bed so they don't hurt themselves trying to climb out. That was about 16 months for Sean. Luke went from our bed to bed with his brother, so he never even had a crib.

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Not until she climbs out. I found the transition to be not to hard with my older DS, but my older DD did not stay in that bed. She still doesn't stay in a bed well-do you think 7 is too old to be back in a crib Smile

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Yup, as long a possible! Wink

Both mine were close to 3 I think - maybe 2 1/2

I got a second crib when the second was born when the first was 20 months.

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"julieanddanny" wrote:

Yup, as long a possible! Wink

Both mine were close to 3 I think - maybe 2 1/2

I got a second crib when the second was born when the first was 20 months.

Totally!

My first was a cosleeper the whole time though, but she's always been good at staying in bed. Fiona will be in her crib til she starts climbing, or 3ish years, whichever comes first. Considering last week was the first time she ever greeted me standing when I went to get her, I have a feeling it will be a LONG time before she's attempting to climb. She loves to lounge and relax for a long time after waking.

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A side note: Starting the end of June it is actually illegal to sell a used crib. I don't know if there are any implications for the buyer of a used crib but you may want to check that out. (I personally don't have a problem with anyone buying a used crib - just don't want you to walk into trouble unaware!)

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We moved Alanis to her big girl bed at around 27 months too because we needed the crib for Leyla who was starting to outgrow her bassinet. Alanis did wonderfully with the bed at first. She took to it no problem and didn't realize she could get out of it for months. However, now she's been sneaking into our bed every single night for the past few months. We were so tired because Leyla was still not sleeping through the night that we just let her. Now we have to figure out how to get her back into her bed full time.

Sooooo we are going to keep Leyla in the crib as long as possible. Though a part of me is tempted to start trying to get them to sleep in the same room. I just don't think they're quite ready, but we're getting there.

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THE BABY WAS SUPPOSED TO SLEEP IN A CRIB????? :eek:

Ha ha... just kidding. Smile

Beni has never slept in a crib, but, she has now started getting out of bed when she wakes from naps, which she never used to do. She's scared the poop out of me a couple times when she's come down the stairs when I thought she was still sleeping!

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"reeveslady" wrote:

We went by the climbing out rule--if they figure out how to climb out or if it looks like they have the skills/willpower to, it's better to switch them to a regular bed so they don't hurt themselves trying to climb out. That was about 16 months for Sean. Luke went from our bed to bed with his brother, so he never even had a crib.

Yeah, we moved Luke when he could climb out. He had just turned two.

And Mara, I'm with you lol. Jake....he screams like he's being abandoned for the rest of his life if I even try to put him in his crib. I doubt he'll ever sleep in it. LOL. Waste of money haha!

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"mist1006" wrote:

With Ben I plan on leaving him in it until :
1) he climbs out
2) he's ready to potty train
which ever happens first

This was our plan as well. With kids only 13 months apart we had two in cribs for almost a year ~ my first switched into a bed at 23 months when he could and would climb out of his crib (we had already had his bed set up so that the first time he did this we could switch him that night, we didn't want to use a crib tent) and my second never ever tried to climb out....but she potty trained before two and was diaper free at night and I didn't like the idea that if she had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night she could not get out of her crib, so we switched her into her bed at 27 or 28 months. No matter the age, there is some degree of learning involved in the process of getting them to stay in bed ~ I will say it was really easy with a slightly older child (for us anyway, that may be more personality dependent than age, however) Smile

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My boys aren't crib sleepers either. Topher used to nap in a PNP, though. I put the PNP away when he was able to safely climb on and off my bed. Now he sleeps full time in my bed, even for naps.

My SIL is in the same situation as you, her new baby is due next month and her older daughter will be 1.5. She got my niece a twin mattress and put it directly on the floor and the baby will use the crib.

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DD was a little over 2 when we switched. She did great and didn't get out of bed. I actually had to tell her about 6 months ago that she is allowed to get out of bed when she wakes up for the day. Otherwise she'd just sit in there and sing or "read". I have a feeling DS will be a little more rebelious than big sis when the time comes...