When my son was 18 months old, he starting climbing out of his crib. He was tentative at first, but then got really good at it. In fact, he and his sister had a really fun game they played. They would climb in really fast, then jump out. Not sure what the actual object of the game was or if there was even a “winner,” but it kept them busy and wore them out.
Every night he would climb out as soon as we put him down. My husband and I got in the habit of sitting in his rocking chair while he would settle in to sleep.
Every morning he would wake up, climb out, and climb the stairs to our room. He’s usually really quiet too so I don’t know he’s awake until he’s in my face.
After 8 months of this, I finally accepted the crib is not keeping him safe, or preventing him from wandering the house. I decided to take the plunge and turned it into a toddler bed (it took less than 2 minutes. Why did I wait so long again?)It has been a week. The first time I put him down in his new bed, he dozed off holding my face. It was such a sweet moment for me that I will always remember.
I have been clinging for dear life to that sweet moment ever since. Now when I put him down, he gets a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
Once he finally does fall asleep, his body still tends to wander. Turns out, we have a sleep walker. Two nights in a row, I checked the monitor and he was sound asleep on the floor. The first night, I moved him back to his bed. I can be pretty clumsy, so I’m not too surprised that he woke up. The second night, I was going to throw a blanket on him and call it good. Instead, my husband moved him and the boy snoozed right through it.
Then there was my favorite night. On the monitor, he was nowhere to be found in his room. Turns out he was headed our way, but zonked out on the stairs en route. At least he had “Leo the Lion” to protect him,even though Leo looks scared out of his mind…
I’ve always been an obsessive lock checker, but now that we have a 2 year old sleep walker, it’s been kicked up a notch. Instead of checking the doors once or twice a night, I check three or four times (that’s not counting the times my husband checks too).
We’ve tried putting a baby gate up at his door. It used to make him cry. Now he just hops right over it likes its nothing. We also have a bunch of toys set up in his room in hopes that they would distract him and keep him in one place for awhile. Maybe it works, who knows? He may play for hours before he heads to the stairs. All I know is he is up in my bedroom every morning between 5-6am.
I’m longing for the “early” wake-ups by my girl at 7:30.
Do you have a sleep walker? Have you recently transitioned your toddler to a big kid bed? If you have any tips, please feel free to share!
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