18mo DD climbed out of her cot while I was running her bath this evening. I've been worried she might do this for a whil;e, so there were pillows on the floor, but judging by the thud she made I think she managed to miss them. Anyway, I'm wondering what to do now. Should I think about a proper bed? I'd hoped not to do that for a while, but it would make the fall shorter. Or would that just encourage her to get out of bed? She rocks and rolls around a lot in the night so I can't imagine she would stay in a bed all night, even with cot sides.
I've put the winter duvet off our king sized bed on her floor tonight with pillows on top in case she tries it again, but I'm hoping she'll be too tired to try (she is normally exhausted by bedtimne and sleeps well). Any advice?
I put DS in a toddler bed at about this age, when he started doing this, and he was fine. I put his cot mattress on the floor next to him for a couple of weeks, but he only fell out a couple of times. Someone lent us a bed guard - bad idea - he just climbed over it!
Thanks Bike. I just can't imagine DD lying meekly in bed when the way of escape is so obvious! Did your DS not rampage round his room as soon as you left it? Or if they are tired enough do they just switch from the cot to the bed with no problems?
Actually, he surprised us and didn't rampage around at all, and he was in a duvet by then too. We put a stair gate on his door though to stop him wandering downstairs when he got up in the morning. His bed is full size single, but very low.
Sympathy! Ds started climbing out at 9 months. For a short time I wedged his bed between the wall and our bed so he couldn't get out one side and was only onto our bed. then I gave up and he slept for a few months on a mattress on the floor. We were trying to move and the mattress was the best solution because it could be hidden for viewings, and another bed would have made the other bedroom very crowded.
Our DS would climb out of the cot easily if we ever let him in there without his gro bag. I have been dreading the really hot nights but luckily (!) summer has been quite cool this year. We just make sure he is in his grobag then there's no chance he can climb.
LOL Meglet, that is scary! I think DS is a little way off that, the bag is keeping him contained for now. Going to keep him in it for the winter, the house is very cold and a nice warm bag will be much better than a Duvet.