Posted in Babies, Safety, Sleep

When do I need to worry about my insanely strong and active son climbing out of his crib? He's 8 mos old and can pull himself up (though hasn't yet done it yet in the crib). Do we have to lower the mattress now? Related: Once mattress is lowered, how do you pick up the baby from lying down to take him out of the crib without killing your back??

  • Margaret
    Aug 11, 2017

    As soon as we saw our son pulling himself up we lowered the mattress. Getting him out of the crib wasn't that horrible of an ordeal...we had an IKEA crib with a very low profile mattress and I was able to get him right up until we converted to a bed a few months ago. At that point, lifting a 36lb toddler was a real pain. Full disclosure: I'm 5'7 BUT I have short legs.

  • Sara
    Aug 11, 2017

    Yeah doesn't hurt to lower the crib to the lowest setting to be safe. You can use a step stool if it gets too hard to pick him up just don't do this https://youtube.com/watch?v=0YOTHZjj6vA

  • Lorrie Mae
    Aug 11, 2017

    As soon as my son was pulling up we lowered the crib. Didn't want surprise practicing all of a sudden scaring us in the middle of the night. I'm really short, 5'2", it helped me to have him sit up and me take his hands, since he was pulling up really early he totally helped.

  • Jennifer
    Aug 11, 2017

    @Sara lol that was almost me except I didn't use a step stool. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm really short

  • Erika
    Aug 11, 2017

    My son did that as well around 8 months.

  • Julia
    Aug 12, 2017

    Wow! Strong boy! Like everyone else said, I too would definitely lower the mattress to be sure he doesn't fall. Pick up should get easier as he pulls himself to a stand more. My son is usually standing in his crib, ready to be picked up when I greet him in the morning/after naps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous
    Aug 12, 2017

    Lower the crib once he can pull up. And if he can pull up, you don't have to lift him up from laying down--he can crawl over to you and pull to a stand! :) The hardest is laying down a sleeping baby into a lowered crib. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ PS don't panic if baby DOES fall out of the crib -- it happens to a lot of babies and they all survive. It's more scary for you than for them!

  • Andy
    Aug 13, 2017

    I had to switch to mattress on the floor because even if we lowered the mattress somehow she still got out and it was scary she could have hurt herself.