You may have noticed your little one getting into some trouble in the nursery. Most of the time, when your little one explores new surroundings and tries their hardest to get through hurdles, it’s all done in their room.
Once babies start standing and walking, they will learn it’s easy to lift their legs over the crib. However, it’s completely unsafe for toddlers to climb out of their cribs. Keep reading to learn a few ways to prevent your toddler from escaping the crib.
Remain Calm if They Attempt To Escape
It’s essential to not panic when spotting your child reaching over the sides of a crib. In fact, when you yell, it defines an outburst and teaches them to react negatively toward you, even when you’re relaxed.
The best way to stop your child from doing anything wrong, even attempting to break out of their crib, is to say “no” softly. By saying “no,” they still test the waters, but they learn that the actions they’re performing aren’t good and eventually break the habit.
Lower Your Mattress Pad
The other thing to do is lower your mattress pad. However, don’t lower it to the ground as babies can roll and get stuck.
Instead of lowering it to the ground, lower it only an inch above the ground to help prevent breakouts. It’s best to reduce the crib mattress as your little one grows to avoid climbing.
Take Items Out of the Crib
This is a rule of thumb in general for crib safety: don’t leave toys or pillows in the bed while the baby sleeps or sits. Your child might pile all toys and pillows to create an escape route.
Prevent the breakout by removing toys and pillows—only give them toys when they’re outside the crib playing. Having no toys in the crib is one way to create a safer crib space for the baby.
Try a Wearable Blanket
A wearable blanket could do the trick of stopping the baby from fleeing, even at night. Babies move fast, so it’s best to have something to help them sleep better and avoid lifting their legs over the bar.
A wearable blanket keeps the feet and legs tucked in, preventing unlimited movement. It’s best to get wearable blankets with a zipper at the bottom to prevent your child from slipping out.
Turn the Crib Around
You could turn their crib around so that the headboard faces out, preventing them from climbing over. Even if your little one hasn’t found out that the sides are escapable, turning it can prevent them from discovering this trick for a little longer!
Knowing the strategies to prevent your baby from fleeing their crib helps prepare you for potential escapes. Keep these tips in mind while adjusting to the crib as your child grows and for future children.