It was that classic moment in “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson peered through the cracked-open door, combined with every scary babysitter movie ever — I had just put almost-15-month-old grandson, Capt. Adorable, in his crib for the night and gone out to my daughter and son-in-law’s den to watch TV when I heard a door creaking … and there was nobody around who should be opening an door. Yikes! Find out what happened at my weekly newspaper column for the TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20090626/ARTICLES/906265007. (Hints: Capt. Adorable has been walking since he was less than 10 months old — and he was not happy to be left alone in his crib without his mom or dad around that night.)
Nope, he hasn’t forgotten he’s saving this trick until he needs it again. They never forget. I ended up putting the crib mattress on the floor so my youngest wouldn’t break his neck climbing out of the crib. Good luck! He sounds a little adventurous.
What a sight that must have been to see his little face! My boys walked that early too (except for one) and we put him in a bed at 17 months (without the bedframe) and we’d find him asleep in a pile of books right by the door. Mine are 13, 11 and 8 but you make me wanna be a grandma now!
He’s a crib vaulter. Time for the toddler bed! Great article.
What a good grandma you are to watch Capt. Adorable! I am not that kind of grandma…..too stressful… I like the children when they are 5+
Ina — But even you could not resist this kid, I promise! And Ann, I love the term “crib vaulter.” That’s perfect!
My youngest was a crib launcher too. We finally gave up on the crib and bought him a toddler bed. There were many more trips back to bed every night (at first), but at lest we didn’t fear for his safety!