Our 20 month old son just last night figured how to climb out of his crib (well, climb up one side, fall down the other). Up to this point, he’s always been pretty good at going to bed on his own. We do our bed time routine; read some books, place him in his crib, say goodnight and are out the door. He would then fall asleep, play for a bit and fall asleep or fuss for a bit and fall asleep.
For the past week or so, with a terrible-two temper, he’s been screaming bloody murder when I leave the room. What’s he’s angling for, I’m certain, is for either my wife and I to stay with him and rub his belly or back until he falls asleep (this is something we’ve done very sparingly with trouble sleeping his whole life). As long as the screaming didn’t last too long, we were content to let him scream it out and go to sleep without our help. The idea of laying and comforting him every night isn’t very appealing to us. Now though, with his new found climbing skills, we don’t know what to do.
Any advice out there?
Our only thoughts include making his crib escape proof or moving on to a toddler bed and trying to referberize (I’m not even sure how you do this with a bed). We don’t believe he’s ready for a big boy bed.