Monday, June 23, 2008

putting a lid on the crib

Naomi did something the other night that her older siblings have never done.

After waking up at 3am and refusing to go back to sleep, making futile demands for more lullabyes (her fave is Dayenu still), and generally waking up the entire family with her screams, she climbed out of her crib, padded over to our room and shouted "I fell outta my crib!"

Because she is my third, I know there is little exciting about the transition to big kid bed, especially since I haven't really slept well for at least eight years. And because the little girl is just two, I know keeping her to a bed would be close to impossible.

But seriously, knowing that she can climb out of bed is really infringing on my sleep. I can't relax knowing that she might try again and then fall and hurt herself getting out.

A friend recommended a crib tent, but I checked out a few stores and people looked at me like I was insane. You'd think I'd asked for a toddler-sized cage.

But I know if I put her in a bed, she'll be out of it about a trillion times a night.

So here's where I ask for your help... What would you do?

(And if you have a crib tent you're not using, please send it my way!)


Marketing Mama said...

the crib tents are at -- I haven't bought one, but I've heard of lots of Moms doing it - you can always explain it that you are trying to keep the cats out of the crib... sounds better than keeping your kid in the crib. Even if you don't have cats.

So... since you asked... I would take the crib mattress out tonight, put it on the floor, and see how well she sleeps on it. She might get out and come wake you up anyways, but that's better than falling out of the crib.

amy said...

Thanks, I'm going to try it tonight!