Is your toddler always on the look out of escaping from the crib? Around 18 to 24 months of age, most toddlers develop enough physical skills to enable them to climb. While some use their stuffed animals or pillows to climb out their climbers, there are others who would climb out of the crib, without the help of the toys. Infants around this time are so keen on exploring things that they become fearless. Even heights do not matter much to them. They even overlook the risk and the danger involved in climbing out of the crib. Infants, at this age, are constantly in search of opportunities, when their parents are no around.
As parents, you need to figure out the climbing age of the child. You
need to be careful, when children have learnt how to climb and reach new
heights, as the ability to judge danger is still not developed in them.
Children, who can control their upper body and its movements, such as
bending over to pick up something and can jump on both feet, may also
try to escape the confinements of the crib. The result can be too
painful both for your kid and you. Fast developing motor skills makes
your kid a little adventurer. Once a kid learns to walk and bend on his
own, he/she would engage himself/.herself in activities which can be
very hard to control.
Just when your toddler becomes a crib climber, it is better to switch
from crib to toddler's bed or a mattress on the floor for safety
purposes. Even if the children do not try to climb out of the crib, it
is advisable to move them to toddler bed or mattress on ground when they
are as tall as 35 inches or about two years of age. Also, you need to
keep a constant check on the child. Kids are susceptible to getting hurt
and harming themselves mostly at this time. They would put their fingers
into an electric board or pick up dirty things and put them in mouth or
fall into a large container, while exploring it.