Last night when I was out with a friend I received the following text from Nick: “Jackson just visited me in the living room twice”. I immediately called him and said “are you telling me he climbed out of his crib?” and Nick said “yup”. After further questioning it came out that there was no loud crash like Jackson fell out, rather he climbed out quite stealthily. He also was quite proud of himself each time, as evident by the huge grin on his face whenever he ran out to greet Nick.
This morning at 6:10am I woke to “mommy potty!” and as I sat up I watched Jackson swing his leg over his crib rail, scale the side and drop to the ground (I have a clear view of part of his crib and all of Chase’s crib from my bed). He walked out into the hallway and just stood there, looking down out into the dark living room. I finally hissed “Jackson!” and he ran into my room and grinned at me. Little goober!
After taking him to the potty as he requested (where he did nothing I might add), I walked him back to his room and reminded him that it wasn’t morning yet because the sun still wasn’t out and he needed to lay back down and be quiet. He never went back to sleep, but at least he stayed put.
So it appears we’ll be making the toddler bed switch sooner than we thought. I know as soon as Chase and Tyler watch Jackson climb out a couple of times it’ll be a free-for-all in there anyway, so they might has well have less of a “danger” aspect when misbehaving.
I’m really glad Nick and I decided to start collecting beds and bedding now “just in case”. We had hoped to make it to this summer before doing the switch, but we also said if we made it to 2 and a half we’d just switch when they climbed out (instead of buying crib tents), and we’re at that point now. I have two toddler beds and 3 bedding sets I snagged at Target a week ago, so now I just need to find a 3rd bed.
Now a question for you been there, done that moms! Remember what I said about night-time PTing not being done yet? Well, last night Tyler woke up asking to pee 3 times. He was slightly wet at 1am (his first time), so had his pull-up changed then. Then he got up at 2:30 and 4:30am, and he was dry at 8am this morning! So here’s the question: is it better at this age to tell them they can only get out to go potty or say they have to call for us to help them before they get out of bed?