My just turned 11 month old managed to climb over the cot side and fell with a thud onto the floor today whilst I had my back turned putting laundry away. She was momentarily stunned, cried loudly for about a minute, then immediately went back to playing with her toys and behaving normally.
She doesn't seem to have a scratch or bump on her, I poked and prodded her limbs, ribcage and neck to see if I could detect any injuries. She found this immensely entertaining and as far as I can see she seems unscathed. I am snowed in so can't get to A and E. I have kept a close eye on her all day and would call a doctor if I think necessary.
Now, it was ok this time but what can I do to prevent this happening again? she is currently in our room but we would like to move her into her own room in the New Year. I am really anxious now that this will become a problem. Does anyone else have experience of this?
If I take out her out of the cot and onto a mattress on the floor, I suppose I will need to take steps to stop her from 'escaping' from her room.
Any tips? This is actually putting me off moving her out of our room.
Do you have a drop-down cot side? DD had taught DS how to drop the bars of his cot by this age so we left it like that, much safer than him climbing over it - we had the sickening thump on the floor too. We also had him turn up in our room when he had been in his cot
Would also recommend Tumble Tots as they learn to climb safely there.
A bed is probably the safest thing for her. I had to put both my sons in a bed for the same reason when they were around 12 months. I just made sure upstairs was safe and we have a stairgate to stop escapees joining us downstairs.
Ok so put the drop side down then. Bit nervous as it seems counter-intuitive! She will still fall quite a way even with the dropside down as it only lowers a short way but I suppose she wouldn't fall as far. She can still land on her head though. Perhaps I can teach her to clamber out safely, or does that sound completely nuts!
Stairgate across her room sounds like a good idea.