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First 2-year-old Chase learned how to climb out of his crib.

Then he taught his twin sister Harlowe.

So I immediately borrowed a crib tent from a friend which turned out to be recalled.

And then I was about to borrow another one. Also recalled.

And because I’m prone to genius moments, I thought, hey, maybe a lot of crib tents have been recalled and I googled madly. Yes, indeed. RECALLED. RECALLED. RECALLED.

I was about to throw some strawberry netting on top of their cribs when I realized that maybe gardening supplies are just as dangerous as recalled crib tents.

And that’s when we put a lock on their door. On the outside.

And yes, they still got out of their cribs at bedtime but they couldn’t leave. I would sit outside their door as they tried to get out of the room, finally giving up and falling asleep together in a weepy heap on their rug. I would lovingly put them back in their cribs at which point, they would jump out again, cry hysterically and again, retreat to the rug. Over and over and over again.

And not wanting their evening performance to outshine their mornings, they began leaping out of their cribs at 5:30 in the morning. Which meant I would put them back in and then sleep on that previously mentioned rug myself to insure they did not escape.   Or at least I would try to sleep but it was hard with them taunting me from their cribs with chants like, “MOMMY SLEEP!! MOMMY SLEEP!! I SEE MOMMY SLEEP!”

That’s where you’re wrong twinsie’s. Mommy is not sleeping. I’m just lying here. Like an a**hole listening to you crazy people because all the crib tents are recalled!!!

I did this from 5:30 am until 7 am. Every single morning. Except when Rick did it.

And at 7 am, when I would shout from the floor, “Okay guys. It’s morning. You can get out of your cribs, they actually had the audacity to reach out their arms and say, ‘Help!” which may or may not have caused me to have a small emotional breakdown because obviously they were seriously messing with me.

So this went on and on and then something happened.

Our strategy sort of, maybe worked.


For the past several days, they have gone to bed without any protest and in the mornings, chatted amongst themselves in the safe confines of their little cribs until 6 am.

I’d prefer 7 am.

We’re working on it.

28 Responses to crib tents are recalled and we’re emotionally unstable

  • Angie says:

    Wow I can’t believe they can climb out, ah!! Loved this post it’s hysterical – I could just picture that scene of you on the floor as they chant lol I do feel bad that you had to sleep on the floor though…oh the things mothers do!!

  • Baby steps love… 7 will come.
    I take my hat off to you. I couldn’t do the crying and would inevitably pick the Bunny up and then get reprimaded by the Handsome Hubby. He is much more disciplined that I…
    I am currently (age 4 – the bunny, not me) having to explain that unless the birdies are singing AND the sun has woken up… leave me alone!!! It’s not working. Them darn birds start shrieking around 04:45, and as far as the Bunny is concerned, the outside light is sun!

  • Angi says:

    Have you seen those wake/sleep clocks for kids that show a sunshine when they are allowed to be awake and a moon when they are supposed to be asleep. Completely programmable for the parent. We opted for blackout curtains for the their room, but I’ve heard they work really well. I may need one for myself if I wake up again at 4:30a.

  • Ah yes I have been there! We don’t have a door lock so I would just hold the door closed from the outside until they fell asleep — feet against the door do that I’d have to push their little selves over with the door in order to enter the room and get them into their beds. Graceful mothering.

  • At that age my daughter would take her diaper off and spear the contents around her crib. That was apparently her way of telling me that she was ready for a big girl bed. I took the crib mattress out and put it on the floor for her to sleep there. I also told her that she was not allowed to come out of her room until 7 (fancy clock / sun thing helped) and if she needed something she could knock on her door and someone would come check on her.
    She is 5 and now sleeps amazingly well. And to this day she still knocks rather than coming out of her room. I think it was just dumb luck that all this worked. But I feel ya! It is hard work. Hang in there!

  • MelB says:

    Before I had kids, a friend of mine told me how she had to lock her kids (twins, coincidentally) in their bedroom once they were in toddler beds. I was horrified. Then I had a kid…. and my toddler now has a lock on his door. ha ha ha…. I am pretty sure I have eaten my “when I have kids I am never…” words for many many things 100 times over. Being a mom is a day to day learning experience… oh how I have learned…… =) ps. did not know that about crib tents… I have one. Better check I guess.

    • Michel says:

      Which one do you have? My twin Angels are driving me batty with the climbing out. It’s been 3 days and I’m done. Is yours safe? Desperately seeking family solitude.

  • Caren Hershey says:

    who cares if they sleep on the floor as long as you get your sleep. Mine regularly sleeps on the living room floor and stays out all night long. We are both happier for it.

  • I too used a crib tent to corral my 2-year-old (way back when), but she certainly showed me! As I ascended the stairs toward her room, I smelled it; yep, she had reached into a dirty diaper and smeared p** all over the aforementioned crib tent. Hurl. I disassembled the thing, washed it and then tried to put that damn thing back together. Couldn’t. Threw it out. Shoulda thrown it out in the first place. Oh, and it turns out I just needed to have a talk with my daughter about not jumping out of the crib. Can you believe that sh*t? (pun intended)

  • Mary Clare says:

    Funny! I can picture you sleeping on the floor with toddlers taunting you. Oh what we do as parents! Hoping that they sleep in their cribs!

  • daphne says:

    My kid dislocated her arm trying to escape and her dr suggested removing everything, all furniture, etc from the room and locking her in. Gotta love the little monkeys — who needs sleep?

  • Steph says:

    oh, yes trying to get toddlers to stay in bed. the memories *shudder* but oh the adorable pic of your boy melts my hard mommy heart.

  • Julia says:

    according to my mother, my brother took apart his crib with toy screwdrivers after she trained him to stay in our room during naptime. your twins seem to be on the same way…

  • sss says:

    I would suggest replacing cribs with little beds and lock the kids in their bedroom until you have slept for some reasonable amount of time.

  • Becca says:

    It’s true Liz, when my kids learn how to start climbing that’s the time I never use
    crib again. I just let them crawl on the floor than waiting them fall from the crib.

  • Cat says:

    Glad I quit using the crib tent before I found out they were recalled. I had it on from the minute she was born due to having a 22 pd cat. Boomer would be in that crib if we didn’t zip it up. We also had one for floor time so the dog couldn’t step on her, but could get close enough to investigate this new addition. Poor kid was caged 1/2 the time.

  • Juley says:

    I use straight jackets…I mean sleep sacks. They get a little pricey the bigger they get but my 2.5 year old has not even tried to climb out because she can’t. Did I mention that she is a huge climber and without the sleep sack she would have been out of her crib at 1. Cute picture of Chase I love the look on his face…busted but I don’t care!

  • Meg says:

    My 18-month-old just figured out how to climb out. I have four kids–three are several years older than him–and two bedrooms. Can’t figure out how to baby-proof either room so I just got done stitching a short piece of elastic between the feet on his pajamas so he can’t swing a leg over. He’s my fourth to climb out young. I had one of the crib tents for the middle two–before they recalled them.

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