Kids are naturally curious, and yours is no different. The little one may be sleeping in the crib till dawn without throwing tantrums, but soon or later, as the curiosity grows, he or she will start finding ways to get out of the crib.
And you know what that means? It implies that your baby is no longer safe. Once the child climbs out of the crib in your absence, you never know what they may be up to, and that could spell a disaster waiting to happen.
Responsible parenting requires that you take the necessary measures to ensure that the baby remains safe at all time, including preventing him or her from escaping their crib.
Here’s a checklist of tips that will help keep the little one where he or she belongs – in the crib.
Make the Crib as Comfortable as Possible
One of the easiest ways to make your little monster remain in the crib is to increase the level of comfort. It’s not uncommon to hear parents ask – can I use a mattress pad for my baby? Yes, you can! On top of making the crib comfortable, a pad provides extra cushioning to supports the young one’s fragile bones and body. You only need to ensure that you get something high quality.
Invest in a Sleep Sack
At times it is almost impossible to remove items such as toys inside the crib to keep the baby engaged in some activity when they’re not sleeping. If that’s the case, consider investing in a sleep sack. Among other benefits, the bag will make sure that the kid’s legs remain enclosed while they’re in the crib. In essence, the pocket reduces the likelihood that the baby may get out of the crib to near zero.
Let the Young One Transition to a Toddler Bed
Even with the best prevention methods in place, the baby might still find a way out of the crib. If it becomes a persistent problem, then it’s time to let the child move to a toddler bed. However, ensure that the bed comes with a bumper or rail for safety.
While allowing the baby to shift to a toddler bed will significantly reduce the injury risk, it is worth noting that it will increase the likelihood that the little young one will come looking for you late at night because it’s now easier to get on and off the bed. So, be sure to let the child use a toddler bed on when you’re ready for the consequences.
Keep the Mattress at the Lowest Point Possible
The higher the mattress is in a crib, the easier it is for the baby to climb out. Ensure that it stays at the very bottom of the crib to reduce the chances of escaping. However, this measure only applies to bigger babies who have enough muscle power to climb out.
Change Baby’s Schedule Once in a While
One of the primary reasons babies escape from their cribs is monotony. They are eager to try out environments other than the crib. Monitor the baby’s sleeping pattern and put them in the crib only when they need to take a nap.
For instance, as he or she ages, you may notice that they’re no longer taking morning naps. You should, therefore, stop putting them in the crib in the morning and adjust to their sleeping pattern.
Take it Easy
Even though it is essential to let the little one know that they should stop escaping from their crib, you should do it in a manner that doesn’t look like you’re overreacting. You should never let the baby know that you’re concerned about their behavior by giving them more attention because doing so will only encourage them to escape even more.
The Bottom Line
When your baby sleeps in a crib, you at the very least have some peace of mind. However, when they start escaping, it’s time to get concerned. Encourage the baby to sleep in the crib as much as you can until they’re of the right age to transition to a toddler bed.
One more important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t use the crib for time out because the baby may view it as a punishment spot, which means that they won’t stay in it.