OK to Wake

Simon is almost two and a half. Besides the "are you having any more kids" question (NO) I get the "is he still in a crib?" YES. 
I grow short kids who cannot climb out of cribs and until that happens, or when he turns twenty, (whichever comes first) I will be keeping the crib intact. I love that he still has to call for us to get him out of bed so that I can just go to the bathroom by myself that one time before he gets out of bed! 
Our current problem is that sometimes he wakes up at the crack of dawn wanting to get into our bed.  In perfect land we would just ignore him and he would fall back asleep but he has figured out the magic words, "Mommy, Daddy, I need to make a pee-pee!" How can you ignore that?  Unfortunately the progression goes: first bathroom and next Mommy and Daddy's bed. 
When Maya was past this point I learned about these OK to Wake! Children's Alarm Clock and Nightlight that teach your kids to stay in bed. If the light is one color they have to be in bed and when it's another color they are free to get out of bed. My theory is that if Simon uses that clock while still in his crib it will help his transition to a big boy bed. I'm hoping that he will get the idea for when he has to go to the bathroom at night too, if the light is still the "sleeping" color than he will have to go back to bed!
Anyone have any experience with this?

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