Jailbreak: Crib Style

By August 2, 2011My Life, Parenting, Safety

I have previously mentioned that my children are monkeys.  It seems that no surface is unattainable and no gate insurmountable.

Violet takes the cake for climbing.  The girl is smart and strong and at 18 months it seems that one day she may give Spiderman a run for his money.

Usually she calmly swings a leg up until it catches on the top of the crib and then pulls herself to the top.  Then she swings both legs over and lowers herself.  As soon as she is down, she walks away to find a toy to play with.  Even if it is 3 in the morning.  The fit that results when we remind her it is bedtime is epic.  To say we are short on sleep these days is laughable.  I am a zombie.

I think she is tired too, because I finally got a video of her and today she fell.  Of course it did not bother her one bit.  Sophia thought is was hysterical.  Violet went on with her business of bedtime ignorance.  And I thanked God once again that she did not perish.  She is drawn to danger.  I am in trouble.

We went ahead and ordered a crib tent to protect Violet and the little sleep I currently get. I said I wouldn’t but she does not sleep through the night and she shares a room with Sophia so having her leap onto her sister in the middle of the night is not working. I guess it is just another reason not to judge the parenting decisions of others. You just never know when you will be stuck in the same position.

How did you keep your climbers alive?

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  • Oh Boy! You are in trouble.

    My three never slept in cribs. Straight from our bed to their own big kid bed at 12 months. After all the drama I hear about cribs I am even happier we did not use one!

    And amen about proclaiming what you would “never do”!

    • Brittany says:

      Ugh. I have always hated cribs but my kids have always sucked at co-sleeping. By that I mean they never slept! They moved from the co-sleeper thingie next to our bed to a crib around 6 months.

  • Candice says:

    I dislike the idea of crib tents (as I assume you do, which is why you said you wouldn’t get one) but I completely see an instance where it’s necessary. I hope Nate never figures out this skill. He’s always been a climber, too (as soon as he could stand, he was climbing) but he’s not as determined about it as Violet. I’m going to go cross my fingers now.

    And, yeah, if there’s one major lesson I’ve learned in the past year, it’s not to judge other parents and to never say never. You just never know.
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  • Beth says:

    My middle daughter did this. We gleefully got the crib tent as soon as I realized such a thing existed. Let me warn you – zipper it all the way to the tippy top and then tuck the zipper pull under that little piece of elastic – it’s there for a reason. We discovered that the hard way when my little princess figured out how to wiggle her finger through the space at the top of the zipper, work the zipper open and then climb out.

    Good luck!
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  • Oh man. My 19 month old never slept in a crib after 2 months. He went from co-sleeping straight to a regular bed (with bed rails) at 18 months. There’s no way he can climb off, but there are many ways he can fall off. Thankfully he realizes the danger and doesn’t try. And we’re lucky, he’s a very good napper.

    Bedtime, it takes 45-60 minutes of sitting in his room with him until he falls asleep. But at least he doesn’t try escape.

    Have you considered a toddler bed?
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    • Brittany says:

      Co-sleeping never worked with Violet. She is an aggressive scratcher who crawls on top of me and latches herself around my neck. Man…she is impossible! Both my other kids moved to twin beds at 18 months. but they both slept through the night. When we put Violet in a bed we found her wandering around in the middle of the night.

  • Stephanie says:

    Neither of mine were climbers, thank God!

    And it is so true that quite often saying “I will never do that/use that!” will come back to bite you.
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    • Brittany says:

      I am not saying I will never ever. I don’t want to be judges as a mom and I do not want to judge others. How did you get no climbers and I got all daredevils???

  • Just call her Vertical Violet. Too cute. Miss D. was a chimpanzee.
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  • Trish Pines says:

    Oh my! She is a dare devil! She just entertained a few people in my office. Good luck with the tent!

  • Emily says:

    DS was sleeping in our bed with a safety railing on the side were he slept. Then, at 9 months, the inevitable happened (b/c he was a monkey, too): he reached for something on the nightstand and did a mid-air somersault and landed on his back.

    Thankfully, he was okay, but as soon as DH came home that afternoon he dismantled our bed and we’ve been sleeping on mattresses on the floor ever since.

    To encourage you, by around 2-1/2 to 3 yo most kids have their bearings and even though may continue to be daredevils, they have a lot more fear of falling and being hurt.
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  • Megan says:

    UH OH! Hehe. I’ll be interested to see how the crib tent works out – when L started to do that we got him his big boy bed…but I don’t have two kids (yet) and I don’t know what I would do if they shared a room!
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  • Brittany Stewart says:

    That’s actually adorable, (from a strictly, I’m not the one losing sleep over it, I definitely feel for you, standpoint)
    When My daughter started climbing we decided to convert to a big girl bed. I have no idea what a crib tent is, I’ll be looking into it in a minute – but it sounds like it would work. No judgement, whatever works best for you. My man wanted to put a lid on the crib to keep her caged. I had to draw the line though 😉
    Good luck on your sleeping situation and zombification.
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  • Jackie says:

    I have been waiting for the day when my son does this exact thing and I really thought that it would start happening around 18 months and so far (fingers crossed) he hasn’t tried it yet!

  • When mine got to that point, we just put them in a regular bed. We did make sure we had the toddler knobs on the doors, and a special lock on our sliding glass door so our sons couldn’t go for a walk in the middle of the night, but otherwise they went to a regular bed. They actually slept much better then too, because they weren’t preoccupied with climbing all the time! 🙂

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