Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Flipping Out

The other I posted a comment on someone else's blog post. She was talking about how her toddler climbed out of his bed, but they're not ready to transition to a big bed yet. I was all, "yeah, the kid did that at about this age and so we switched to a regular bed but baby E hasn't done that. Not once! It's great. Yay for us. Yada, yada, yada...".

And then, well, I bet you can guess what he did within the next 24hrs. Three times. Just to teach me a lesson. Oh yes, he did. He escaped the crib. Now, if he was just climbing, well, I'd be like whatever. His crib is low to the ground (max 30in from top tail to ground) and he's a super climber. The chance of him hurting himself that way, well, is realistically pretty small.

But, no. That's not what my toddler did. He flipped out. Like he does in gymnastics. As in, belly on the rail, flipping head over tail and landing on his feet. Now, I have no flipping (ha - like how I did that?) idea how he's not decapitated himself with this maneuver. Somehow, he's not. Yet.

I'm not ready for him to move out of his crib. I don't think he's ready for that either. He's still not a great sleeper and that's been even worse since the holidays started. It had gotten a bit better, but then he didn't get a nap one day last week and he's been, uh, stereotypically toddler-ish since then. We're back to using Melatonin at night and I so hope it helps. So, I really don't want to do anything that could potentially make sleep even more challenging right now. You know, like switching to a new bed.

Some people have mentioned putting him in a sleep sack. And that would be great. You know, if he was climbing out. But he's not. Flipping would be just as easy in a sleep sack. And potentially more dangerous in the landing.

Sigh. What to do, what to do...

Today's Lessons: Parenting... just when you feel like you might have some kind of a handle on it, it changes. Also, gymnastics apparently teaches kids acrobatic tricks. But not rules about when it's appropriate to use those tricks.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Gasp! That's one clever kid. Good luck figuring out what to do! I wish I had any suggestions at all, but I have none.

Emms said...

Wow, gymnastic,flips out of the crib? Im impressed baby E! Sorry mama, hope he stops doing it so you can keep him in the crib longer!

Motleymommy said...

OH dear! My little Z is heading very quickly in that direction and Im DREADING it. Good luck!

Logical Libby said...

I miss the days when Meg had to stay in her bed. I also miss the days when every request wasn't answered with "that's not how it works..."

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I would have a heart attack!
I waffle between thinking we'll turn the crib around (it's a sleigh bed style and the back is higher than the front) or just accepting what's happening and moving him to a bed. He hasn't managed to get out again since, so I'm just delaying any decision-making. I just feel like we just got a handle on his nighttime sleep and I'm really not wanting to mess things up by moving him to a bed before he's ready.