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When To Move Your Autistic Child Out Of The Crib?

When To Move Your Autistic Child Out Of The Crib?

My 3 year old is happy as a clam in her crib still. She doesn't try to climb out or jump in it or anything. She is very big for being 3 years 4 months (size of a 4 year old). But the bed itself is made to transition to a toddler bed, so its weight capacity is 50 lb.

At what age is it appropriate to move her out of her crib? I don't *think* she would try to wander at night, though getting up to play is a likely outcome. Is it time? Or can/should we wait since she seems content and is safe in the… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

As a mother of a son with a major sleep allergy my rule of thumb is wherever they sleep soundly they stay until it breaks lol 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

Rules of autism parenting...there are no rules 😈

posted 9 months ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

If she’s content in the crib then that’s all that really matters. It’s really not an issue unless she is trying to climb out & you worry she might get hurt. Truthfully, our Autistic children don’t follow any timeline for transitions. They all develop in their own time. No one here will judge you if your child stays in her crib, there’s nothing wrong with it. My son is 8 yrs. old now & I’ve learned that his transitions are based on his behaviors & his own needs. I follow his lead & he is very happy.

posted 9 months ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

So for my older boy it was the moment he crawled over the crib rail that we got him out of that crib. Sleep training was extremely difficult. We actually put him directly in a toddler bed with a few of his toys in the middle of his room. We are very worried about him wandering off throughout the house so we actually put a child lock on the door handle so he would stay in there. We did have a camera so we watched him very closely. After 30 minutes or so of him playing with his own toys he would walk to his bed tuck himself in and fall asleep. At this time he was about two and a half. Getting to this point though took some time because of course he would cry and throw his tantrum and we followed a routine and eventually it worked. now when we say bedtime he grabs his blankets and walks right to his own bed. For his younger brother who just turned to we're doing the same thing but a little bit sooner. He already sees how the process is supposed to work with his older brother and as of now they both leave each other alone in their own beds.

I suggest let her sleep in the crib as long as she would like. The moment she starts crawling over the rail and her safety is at risk would be the time to transition her to a normal bed. Maybe if there is room have the two beds in the room and lay in the other bed that way she can see that it is still a safe place for her.

posted 9 months ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I transitioned my daughter to a crib as soon as she started standing a lot and seemed wanting to climb out. If you see your child standing a lot and seems wanting to try and climb out that's when I'd do it.

posted 9 months ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

If she is happy in her crib I would leave her in it as long as she didn't try to crib out. It may be her comfort zone feeling secure and safe. Every child is different

posted 8 months ago
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