Thursday, March 18, 2010

End of an Era

Last night when I was out with a friend I received the following text from Nick: "Jackson just visited me in the living room twice". I immediately called him and said "are you telling me he climbed out of his crib?" and Nick said "yup". After further questioning it came out that there was no loud crash like Jackson fell out, rather he climbed out quite stealthily. He also was quite proud of himself each time, as evident by the huge grin on his face whenever he ran out to greet Nick.

This morning at 6:10am I woke to "mommy potty!" and as I sat up I watched Jackson swing his leg over his crib rail, scale the side and drop to the ground (I have a clear view of part of his crib and all of Chase's crib from my bed). He walked out into the hallway and just stood there, looking down out into the dark living room. I finally hissed "Jackson!" and he ran into my room and grinned at me. Little goober!

After taking him to the potty as he requested (where he did nothing I might add), I walked him back to his room and reminded him that it wasn't morning yet because the sun still wasn't out and he needed to lay back down and be quiet. He never went back to sleep, but at least he stayed put.

So it appears we'll be making the toddler bed switch sooner than we thought. I know as soon as Chase and Tyler watch Jackson climb out a couple of times it'll be a free-for-all in there anyway, so they might has well have less of a "danger" aspect when misbehaving.

I'm really glad Nick and I decided to start collecting beds and bedding now "just in case". We had hoped to make it to this summer before doing the switch, but we also said if we made it to 2 and a half we'd just switch when they climbed out (instead of buying crib tents), and we're at that point now. I have two toddler beds and 3 bedding sets I snagged at Target a week ago, so now I just need to find a 3rd bed.

Now a question for you been there, done that moms! Remember what I said about night-time PTing not being done yet? Well, last night Tyler woke up asking to pee 3 times. He was slightly wet at 1am (his first time), so had his pull-up changed then. Then he got up at 2:30 and 4:30am, and he was dry at 8am this morning! So here's the question: is it better at this age to tell them they can only get out to go potty or say they have to call for us to help them before they get out of bed?


Rachael said...

I though it would be really hard moving my son from his crib to his toddler bed....I was wrong. We also switched after he learned to crawl out of the crib (at 18 months). He's not potty trained yet, so I don't have that issue. But we do not have problems with him getting out of his bed...he lays down just like he did when he was in his crib, and for a while he just sat on his bed calling for us to come get him. After he learned to open his door, he would get up (only in the morning) and come into our bedroom. He rarely get up during the night, and when he does he just opens his door and calls for us. I guess maybe I'm lucky!

Anonymous said...

I realize there are three of them but I would think that at 2 1/2 years old they should already be out of cribs.

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MamaOtwins+1 said...

You are so lucky that they didn't start getting out of the crib earlier. I'm a firm believer in keeping them in there as long as possible (ANONYMOUS). It is a mom sanity issue - and it does not hurt to keep them in there - unless of course they can get out. Which is when we moved our boys up, and what you are doing.
Sorry about that.

Anyway - good luck with that.

As for the nighttime peeing. We've never had an issue. All boys go potty before bed, and maybe have to pee once about 30 minutes later, but after that, they always make it all night. But they may be the exception and not the rule.

Jen said...

I don't know; if you wait to get an "I gotta go potty" call, it may be too late.

At the same time, you don't want any of them hosting parties in the potty with their brothers in the middle of the night. ;)

Personally, I think I'd try allowing them to get up on their own at first and see how that goes. Can't hurt to try. (much, lol)

MJ said...

When my oldest daughter potty trained, I told her to call for us at night. She night trained herself around 2.5 and it worked out well. We had her pee before bed and first thing in the morning. She is now 4.5 and she still calls for us when she has to use the potty at night, despite me telling her she can just get up and go! Good luck! Your boys are adorable!


Anonymous said...

Hayley never had this problem because she just instantly night trained herself. Lauryn was waking up wet, so we put a little potty in her room (she's in a toddler bed now). Sometimes I wish I hadn't because she likes to get up a lot now and it hasn't seemed to change the frequency of wetting. I think if you cut off liquids a few hours before bed and have them pee twice before going to sleep, they shouldn't have to go again until the morning. Otherwise, they'll keep calling you whenever they wake up a little bit just to get up. I started saying to Lauryn, "Potty is all done now. We'll go potty in the morning.". Good luck! Maybe your boys would be better with a potty in the room once they get their toddler beds. Every kids' different! OR it could be a total distater ;) You never know!

OH-and VIVA CRIBS! Moms of multiples know why :)

RoseAnneH said...

I hope you can get a video of Jackson climbing out of his crib; I can't believe how easy you make it sound. It sounds like he is going to be a candidate for some special ops duty. :)
I agree with Kathryn that you should try not giving them anything to drink after supper and see if you can encourage them to not have to go at all in the middle of the night. If that doesn't work I would have them call, if you can train them not to get off their beds without permission you might have fewer problems with party time in the room.

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Momma-of-5 said...

I'm so not ready for this step, Helen! So feel free to go first! =)

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