A few days ago my LO, who will be 2 1/2 in a couple weeks, climbed out of her crib. Immediately, I decided we were done with the crib due to safety, and figured she had to learn to sleep in a bed (which she has been excited to do). The two options were: a twin bed already located in her room, and the crib, which DH took the side off and it converts to a little bed.
Well, neither worked so far. She is at the age where she is totally into being defiant, either just for the stubbornness of it, or because she thinks it's hilarious. I thought the crib might be more familiar, so she might prefer that. Then, I thought the bed might be better as a complete change. We talked about it, sang songs about staying in bed, but neither was working. We had a couple sleepless nights and naps of her refusing to stay in either bed. Since we are all fighting colds and it's a bad time to be without sleep, I put her back in the crib, reassembled.
Well, she of course climbed out again. Now, neither times did she hurt herself, but it just seems really stupid from a safety perspective. My older was closer to three at this transition, and more willing to obey the stay-in-bed part of it. I need concrete suggestions!!! How to keep the child in the crib, or teach her to stay in the bed. Going back to cosleeping is not an option.
Thank you for any suggestions!