Julianne has decided she wants to sleep in Aleshia's crib. The crib had been up for a good while already. Julianne had been going to sleep in her own bed some nights and then we carry her to our bed. Other nights she just goes to sleep in our bed to begin with. We don't leave her in her room at night while we are asleep, because if she wakes up she doesn't cry, but instead climbs out of bed and rocks and hits her head on the floor between her legs. I can't bear to wake up and know she left a place on her head while I was sleeping so I take her to my bed. Even at that sometimes she bangs before I get to her when she is sleepy or when she wakes up from having fallen asleep and not yet in my bed.
So, I go in her room the other evening and this is what I see:
Do you love the "Poor me, I don't know how I got here" look above,
or the "You know you can't even think of scolding me when I am this cute" look below?
What about this next look?
This is the "You really did figure it out and explain to Daddy how I got here,
so you really do know me well, so I'm sure you are aware that I am
Yes, my sweet and very smart daughter took the small chair over and used it to get onto the arm of the rocking chair, which she then used to climb into the crib!
Then the next night while we were getting the kids ready for bed (and after a very long day playing outside that made her tired before 2am evidently!) I go in and find her to have already put herself into Aleshia's bed and gone to sleep!
So the question is, "WHAT ON EARTH DO I DO?"! She is nearly 6 years old and doesn't need to be in a crib. She walks and obviously climbs quite well! She still has the playpen, because she is unwilling to give it up.
Do I let her continue this and pray that it gets old before Aleshia gets home?
Do I move the crib elsewhere so that she can't get in it?
Do I buy her a small portable crib like this one that I get for Keith and Aleshia? (These are on wheels and can wheel into my room for those two at night which is why I bought those specific ones.)
Do I leave the crib there and fight with her to stay out of it?
I really don't know. She wanted in Keith's highchair when I put it up and I explained it is for her little brother Keith. She will still ask, but it is to get me to tell her that. When I say it is for her "little brother Keith" she beams and giggles. She's been interested in the walker, swing, etc that I've put together. She tried to get into the walker, but when I told her that it was for "the baby", she didn't try to get in it any more.
I don't know what to do about the bed.
Opinions Appreciated Please!