Toddler Climbing Out of Crib? Heres 3 Easy Tips to Help


Our toddler is climbing out of the crib. Oh, the adventures our 2-year old brings.

Our boy Izaiah sure makes up for the 2 toddlers we had last go-round. He’s everything that describes a boy, made of dirt and every cliche about a 2-year-old describes this kid.

Toddler Climbing Out of Crib

Let’s talk about Izaiah’s newest toddler trick and what you can do if you have a baby climbing out of crib situation happening in your house.

toddler climbing out of crib
toddler climbing out of crib

Yes, our boy is a crib jumper. It all started innocently, well because he is GIGANTIC. While only 2 years 3 months, he is the size of a 4-year-old. We are currently selling our house so the last thing I want to do is move him to a big boy bed.

Last night, we counted 6 incidents of this toddler climbing out of the crib. The kicker is that he comes and finds us and says “I fall. I hurt. What happened?” Check out this video of my toddler climbing out of the crib.

It’s too cute and too irritating all at the same time. But doesn’t that perfectly wrap up having a toddler?

Like a good digital mom, I figured this was too good not to get on camera. Here is a video of the criminal toddler in action:

Tips for When Babies Climb Out of Crib

Here are 3 tips to help when your kids, toddlers or baby climbs out of crib. Don’t panic!

Lower Your Crib

Make sure that your crib is set at the right height. Typically cribs can be lowered!

toddler climbing crib height
toddler climbing crib height

This will make it more difficult and often near impossible for your child (especially if short!) to climb out of crib.

Make Sure Child is Safe

If your toddler is a known for jumping out of the crib, make sure that if they do get out that they are safe. The easiest way is to setup a simple video monitor in their bedroom facing the crib.

My favorite 2022 baby monitor is using the Blink camera (available on Amazon) for watching your child. We use this with our now grown kids in community spaces, and my sister is using with her babies and toddler.

Consider a Toddler Bed

With our Izaiah, we had to move him to a toddler bed. This 2 year old went from climbing out of crib to jumping out of the crib.

toddler move crib to bed
toddler move crib to bed

We have a huge collection of toddler beds to get an idea of price, size and style

Crib Covers

In the “good ol’ days” crib covers prevent climbing out of cribs. Unfortunately these were deemed unsafe. Placing anything over the crib to prevent your child from climbing is a big no.

Crib Tents Recall

While my pediatrician had originally suggested a crib tent, they have been recalled.

crib tents recalled

The Pediatrician had made a comment (I’m sure due to my kid’s ENORMOUS size), about if our toddler is climbing out of the crib to purchase a crib tent. When I went to search for them, I couldn’t  find any on Amazon.

If Amazon doesn’t sell it, something is up. A little more searching and I found out why Amazon no longer carries Crib Tents! The crib tents are dangerous apparently. Guess I’ll let the pediatrician know (she had recommended a crib tent for the crib jumping situation)

Five Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Tots in Mind Crib Tents Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazard One Death and Serious Brain Injury Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc.

CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products.

toddler climbing out of crib

Read more about the crib tent recall.

Moving to a Toddler Bed

With our oldest who is now 9-years old, we found out we were pregnant with our second when she was 18-months. In order to use the crib for the new baby, we thought we transitioned her a month before the baby arrived at around 2 years old.

Looking back, the process seemed somewhat painless and then I remember what happened we did the same with our son.

climbing out of crib toddler bed
climbing out of crib toddler bed

Our son started scaling the crib wall at 10-months old. The mattress position was all the way down, but that didn’t matter to him. Where there’s a will – there’s a way. He was so tiny and it was a big fall.

At 18-months, we moved him into a big boy bed.  And if I thought dealing with a baby getting out of the crib was tough. With a big boy bed, there was nothing to jump over. With no effort needed, he was all over the house – all of the time. It was at least a year of torture.

We put up child gates but then we just had a little boy who was extremely sad looking at us through the gates. The thought reminds me of poor helpless puppies just wanting love.

being summoned by a shrieking toddler on the baby monitor at 6am
toddler waking up meme

Don’t miss our hilarious toddler memes!

Izaiah, our third child – the toddler mentioned above is what poses the challenge. See, Izaiah – well how do I put this. He thinks he can do ANYTHING. Anything includes cleaning floors, climbing shelves, playing in the toilet.

Last night, when he was on the loose – he managed to take a shelf off of the bathroom cabinet. Don’t ask.

So until we move, I think this is the situation we are dealing with. We folks have a crib jumper. Lord, please help me survive this!

When do babies start climbing out of crib?

Babies start climbing out of the crib at various ages. This depends on your baby’s ability to stand, lift their leg or body over the crib wall. It’s best to make sure the crib is at the appropriate height for your child.

Toddler Climbing Out of Crib is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk 

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