What do I do when he climbs out of the crib?
The easiest way to manage climbing is to prevent it as best as possible. Depending on the toddler’s age, you can have him sleep in a safe sleep sack, which can sometimes help to prevent climbing. The other thing to think about are the circumstances around his climbing. For instance, if your toddler used to be a great sleeper but now is climbing out of the crib simply because he can – that is completely normal. It’s his job to test those limits. Often, giving him a reward for remaining in the crib can be enough to motivate him to stay in the crib. If your little one stays in the crib, the “sleep fairy” can come in the morning and bring your little one a small reward (small sticker or stamp), or access to a toy or activity he really likes for a period of time only if he stays in his crib. If, on the other hand, your toddler has always had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, considering some sleep training is probably a good next step.About Dr. Jocelyn Thomas