Max learned how to climb out of his crib last week.
We went back and forth on whether or not to move him to a toddler bed and finally decided not to when we read this response to the worry that a child might hurt himself climbing out of his crib: "This is a common worry and often used as an excuse to go to your child or buy a "big kid's" bed. But the truth is that serious injuries rarely occur when the child bumps on the floor as he lets himself down."
I beg to differ Dr. Weissbluth. Not when your kid's MO is his head. Most kids don't climb out of the crib until they can figure out how to get their legs over the side. Not Max. He throws the top half of his body over, counting on his massive head to pull the rest of his body out along with it. After hurling himself out of the crib more than a few times and looking up at me with big sad eyes, pointing to his head and saying, "Mama, hurt" we decided to go with the toddler bed.
So last night began sleep training. I put him to bed and every time he came out I didn't look at him, I didn't talk to him, I just picked him up and put him back in his bed. I actually didn't have to do very much heavy lifting since every time he heard me coming he'd jump up yelling a terrified "uh oh!" through his tears, run back to his room and barrel roll onto his bed. Anyway, who knows how many times we had to do it before he fell asleep, but he finally did. At about 2:30 am he woke up and every half hour after that Abram had to get up and put him back in bed. Should be an interesting couple of days, I'll keep you posted.