Like any good parent, I bribed my daughter.
She has slept in bed with me since she was about 15 months old and started climbing out of her crib. I don’t even think climbing out is a justifiable way to describe it. She leapt, jumped, catapulted herself from her crib.
No lie, one day I put her down for a nap and left her room. I heard a huge thud and ran back down the hall certain a bomb had exploded in her room, or maybe a dresser had fallen over. You all, she was laying across the room. She climbed up on the rail and jumped out. Scout’s honor.
That’s the only way she would have made it over there. And after she learned she could do that, there was no going back. I know some parents had told me to just make her sleep in her crib anyway. Teach her she can’t climb out. Well, they didn’t know my daughter.
My son is 2 years old and still sleeping in his crib. He knows very well how to climb out. But his is more of a threat. Like when I lay him down for a nap and he’s not feeling it, he’ll stand up and cry and swing his leg out, acting like he’s going to climb out.
But I know when I put his leg back over, shut the door and leave, he then lays down and goes to sleep. No more antics. But, not my daughter.Continue Reading