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  1. Leslie Smith says:

    Thanks for the articles….I guess I’ll look up the sleep sacks and see what/how they might work. I’ve never had any problems until just the other day. When I ask him if he’s ready for nigh-nigh he usually starts down the hallway if you can believe that. I put him in the crib usually with a Sip Cup or bottle (wanting to stop that as well) and he is quite content to go to sleep. I suppose there are times he doesn’t want to nap and maybe that’s ahead; but at the same time it’s obvious when he is tired as he begins just aimlessly playing with anything, throwing things around and just discontent with things. I have a feeling the sleep sack will not be accepted well and knowing him, he’ll surely find a way out of it anyway! Ha! Thanks again!

  2. Anne says:

    My 11-month old puts himself to sleep (no sleep associations), is night weaned, and usually sleeps 10 hours. Sleep training success! However, I never nap trained him. I have an older son and it was always just easier to nurse him to sleep and then put him in the crib asleep. I see now that this was a big mistake – nursing him to sleep has recently stopped working, and he basically only naps in the car now.

    I thought it would be easy to nap train him since he goes to sleep alone for bedtime – wrong! I have tried putting him down awake at the right nap times after a consistent and relaxing pre-nap routine and letting him cry for 30 minutes for several days. Even being consistent, he will just sit up and cry the entire time. Any tips? This guy is exhausted. He so needs to nap and I’m worried I’m past the window where I can successfully nap train him. HELP!

  3. Leslie Smith says:

    I would look forward to your reply to this as I am not sure just how to address this. It’s been a long time since I had babies and don’t know that mine ever did climb out.

    Thanks!

  4. Leslie Smith says:

    I’m not quite getting the information about a toddler climbing out of his crib. I see nothing about discipline here. Transitioning to a bed doesn’t teach the child that it’s not okay to get out of his bed when it’s bedtime, especially at night. I share custody (which just recently began in early Nov) with my brother-in-law of his great-grandson and my great-great-nephew who is 19 months old. We are 73 and 68 respectively and so far it’s working out. However, I have been taking care of him pretty much every week since he was born – 2-3 days a week, and never had any issues with him sleeping. In fact, he still sleeps 10-12 hours at night when he’s with me. I don’t let him cry – nothing like that. However, when my brother-in-law began keeping him, he wakes up every night in the middle of the night and ends up in the bed with my brother-in-law. Then in another several days when he comes back to me, he sleeps right through the night. My BIL initially put him in a toddler bed which I told him was unwise and so the baby learned right off that he could get out and thus I feel began the ritual of getting up each night, even after the BIL got a crib. Now the baby has begun climbing out of my crib as well. I’m more strict about it and had considered a crib tent but read your definitive NO on those. The mattress is lowered as far as it can go. So now my opinion is that he needs to learn that he is not allowed to do that, but not sure how. It’s a safety thing for sure but also it’s all about boundaries and learning – just like you stated – as though he were climbing a bookshelf. I saw no real “solution” – other than transition to a bed, but how do you make an 19 month old stay in a bed? Frankly, I still am using a port-a-crib and recently found that the old-fashioned wooden gate fits perfectly over the top of it by laying it flat and putting the tension against each upper railing of the crib. It’s very secure, but not really a long-term solution of course. My BIL has just texted that he’s conceding that he is going to accept that the baby is a “toddler” and keeping him in a crib is not an option. Sleep sacks are out, tents are out, gates probably not an option as I’m planning on getting a full-size crib (though now I wonder); so what else is there? I don’t think “physical” punishment is acceptable either, but you can’t let a toddler roam around in the middle of the night either. Did I miss something?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Leslie,
      Thanks for your comment and for visiting us at The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry that you and your BIL are having trouble with your 19 month-old leaving the crib. This can be a tough time for toddlers and sleep, as they’re gaining independence. We do have a few resources that I hope will help you.
      – We have an article all about how to handle a toddler climbing out of the crib here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-climbing-out-of-crib-tips/
      From personal experience, let me echo the article’s suggestion to try a sleep sack! My almost 4 year-old is still in a crib and very happy about it, and I think the sleep sack is a big part of that 🙂
      – If you and/or your BIL do decide to transition to a bed (though it is a little early), we have an article about the best ways to do that here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-transition-crib-to-bed-how-when/
      – Also, some families try a Montessori style floor bed, where a child has access to the room from a young age. The room does need to be very child-proofed. We have an article with more about that option here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/montessori-floor-beds-baby-toddler-sleep/

      I hope these will help you decide the best option for your family, but please do get in touch if you need further help! Our direct email is contact@babysleepsite.com. Thank you again for visiting!

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