There are babies that when they start to move more than necessary … they are able to climb their crib at night!
There are times when babies become toddlers and begin to move with relative ease, they may begin to learn much more sophisticated movements to explore, such as cradle climbing. You may have discovered that your baby begins to jump from the crib to the floor and literally ‘run away’ from his room. This can generate some insecurity and fears. If this happens to you, then you want to keep your baby safe, but how do you get there?
THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CRIB
Start by thinking about your baby’s environment, from the crib to the door. First the crib. Get rid of anything that can protect your baby in the crib and they are now very effective tools to enhance easier climbing. For a baby climber, any object can be used to jump out of the crib.
It is also a good idea to remove all large stuffed animals, quilts, or anything of this type from the crib. These objects were previously dangerous due to the risk of suffocation when your baby was small, but now that he is older he can use them to ‘free himself’ from the crib whenever he wants.
Begin by explaining to your child that this is his bed and that it is safe and special. Explain that he should sleep there all night, just like Mom and Dad sleep in his bed all night. If necessary and if possible, adjust the mattress to the crib so that it is in a lower position. If the mattress is lower, it will be more difficult for your baby to climb it to escape.
You may consider purchasing safety nets for the top of a crib, they look like a dome. With these nets it seems that you are imprisoning your children, but it is a temporary solution (they also help to prevent pets from training in the crib while your child sleeps).
If these safety nets are not your style, you can also change the crib for a bed. Perhaps your child is already prepared to sleep in a bed and that the crib jumps is only a sign that is making it clear to you. You can choose a bed that suits their age and that the mattress is close to the floor. Or if you opt for a larger bed, you can put a safety barrier on the side to prevent falls the moment your child turns over while sleeping.
If you opt for a bed, you will need to ensure that your child’s bedroom is childproof. Thus, in the event that he gets out of bed, you can rest assured that nothing will happen to him since there will be no unnecessary dangers in his bedroom.
Whatever you do, don’t give up and put pillows around the crib, like some parents who have already suffered some falls from their children do. Do it now, do not wait for your child to fall and hit his head to know the importance of putting pillows on the floor in case your child falls after climbing. But remember that this is not a good idea in the long term, and that the ideas in the previous paragraphs are good options, put the pillows on the floor just do it while you meditate on the most appropriate option depending on your circumstances.
YOUR SAFETY FIRST!
Think that if your child is starting to climb the crib it is because he begins to want more independence in his movements and in his decisions. Now is the time when you should pay more vigilance since he has stopped being a dependent and immobile baby to be a dependent child, but very mobile!
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.