I promise you, we are not being neglectful. In the past 4 years that Bertrand has slept in a big boy bed, we've NEVER had this problem.
In fact, the first few times he did it last week, we thought it was accidental. We felt awful. (Luckily, its only a 2 foot drop and he didn't cry.)
We've kept erecting larger and heavier barriers at the foot of the bed. Then, last night, he made it out though this gap. And, via video monitor, proceeded to try to escape through it again!
The BIG change/issue is that Bertrand is actively trying to get out of bed--and succeeding!
On one hand, it is fantastic that he is strong enough and dexterous enough and willful enough to make it out. On the other hand, it is dangerous for him.
We've debated just putting his mattress on the floor, but that would be killer on our backs and my flimsy knee. Does this mean a hospital type bed/crib is in our future? :(
In typical fashion, I've held off on decisions for supposedly temporary measures (like this bed and the wheelchair) because such measures have the tendency of actually being permanent. I'm not ready for Bertrand to lose his kid's bed because, in the back of my mind, I still hope he has a chance for some semblance of a typical kid's life.
Well, regardless of whether I am ready for it or not, Bertrand may be ready. We'll have to start looking at bed options. Any suggestions? I can always keep telling myself it's just temporary.
|Who can stay sad looking at a silly face like this? :)|