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The Great Escape!

on October 28, 2012

We have a little bandit on our hands. He tiptoes through the night, scurries from room to room during nap time and is making his nine-month pregnant mother quite the hormonal witch! Meet Blake…the bedtime Bandit.

About a month ago, we transitioned Blake from his crib, into a “big boy bed” with rails. Here’s a look at his new room.


It was honestly the easiest transition ever. He took to it like a duck to water. We had no issues. Zero. It was too easy.

About a week ago, that all changed. Last Saturday morning, Blake got out of his big boy bed on his own for the first time. It was 7:30 a.m. and he came into our room. I honestly thought it was so cute that he finally figured out he could get out of the bed on his own and come see Mommy and Daddy. He usually wakes up around 7:45, so 15 minutes early was no big deal. But, it didn’t stop there.

Blake figured out he could get out of his bed during nap time, resulting in me trying to keep him in his room for 90 minutes on Monday and Tuesday. He didn’t nap those days and I thought I was going to lose it.

Bedtime is also an issue now. He continues to come down the stairs and say “Hi” in his most animated voice.

So far, I’ve figured out the only way to get him to nap is to plan my errands for just before his nap time. He falls asleep in the car and I do the “transfer” to his bed when I get home. Today, after trying to put him down for 30 minutes, I just threw him the car, drove for 10 minutes until he fell asleep, then put him to bed. I can do that right now, but what am I supposed to do in just a few weeks when we have a new baby in the house?

He is also now waking up everyday at 6am, nearly TWO HOURS earlier than usual. I’m exhausted and I can see that he is, too. I think he is just so excited at his new-found freedom that he can’t help himself.

I need some advice, pronto!

I don’t want to lock him in his room. To me, that seems cruel and it could scare him. I also don’t like the idea of putting netting over his bed like he’s a caged animal. But hey, I also understand that desperate times call for desperate measures.

Did any of you have this problem? If so, what did you do? I really want to try to come up with a solution before the new baby comes. I’m prepared to be up all hours with our newborn, but I’m not sure I can handle being up all hours with two children.

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5 responses to “The Great Escape!

  1. Lori vanscoy says:

    For nap time put in a good movie and let him nap on the couch. It is better than walking up and down the steps. Remember he is growing and changing all the time, he may not need to sleep as long…so put him to bed later to see if he will sleep later. Good luck and do what works for you and your family.

    • That’s good advice. Our dr. said at Blake’s two yr checkup that many 2 yr olds give up the afternoon nap…I just don’t want mine to be one of them! I will also put him to bed later. He was up this morning at 5:45am. Ugh

  2. Oh boy! E-mail me and we can chat. Been there. Done that. And am now doing it again. I learned some things the first time. Naps have been sporadic since our move to the big girl bed, too and I’ve just been forceful and it’s been a pain in my rear-end. She pops out, I go back out.
    We were successful on naps last week, but it can be hit or miss. Of course, mine is almost 3. She still needs a nap though. As long as you don’t have middle of the night pop-outs, count your blessings. We had those for over a year with my son, but….in his defense, I think he had some sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils/adnoids because of the cat we had. Once we found a new home for the cat, his adnoids went back to normal and he began sleeping at night again. Plus I make sure that he has DHA in his vitamins. But now, we are in the bad dream stage. Parenting is rough. When my second child was born, she was sleeping more at night than the first one.

  3. Jennifer says:

    We would put a baby gate across the bedroom doorframe…so the girls knew they weren’t allowed to just come out and roam the house….sometimes they would call for us to get them- but we’d remind them that when the gate is up, they need to stay in their bedroom.

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