My youngest was a wannabe crib climber from the time he learned to pull up, and eventually transitioned to full-on midnight escapes by toddlerhood. I wish I had known some ways to keep a toddler from climbing out of a crib back then to save me from many sleepless nights. (You know, short of strapping him in to a hammock-like contraption.)
If you have your own escape artist on your hand, you're likely equal parts terrified and confused. What if they fall and get hurt? What if they raid the fridge and drink an entire gallon of OJ? Does this mean they're ready for a big kid bed? If your toddler isn't quite developmentally ready to understand the need to stay in an actual bed, making that switch too soon could be a recipe for disaster. In fact, experts recommend most toddlers sleep in a crib until age 3, when they're typically mature enough to follow directions and actually stay in bed.
Until your toddler is old enough to stay put in a big kid bed, you'll need to figure out how to prevent their daredevil tactics and keep them from climbing out of their crib. It's not easy, but with a little luck and a lot of creativity, it can be done. Read on for 11 tips and tricks that can help give you some peace of mind and hopefully keep your toddler from climbing out of their crib.