It was inevitable. Luke broke out of the Cozy Crib Tent II. Any hope of him using the tent until he is 5 has now been crushed. Ugh.

I still stand by the tent and would definitely recommend it. We got a good six months use out of it. This is how Luke broke loose -

He picked at a little hole near the zipper until it got big enough for him to slip his hand through and undo the zipper. I've known this was happening for the past few weeks, but I wanted to use the tent until the last possible moment.

So - now what?

In a way, it's a good thing. Charlie outgrew his bassinet a few weeks ago, so he's been sleeping in the pack n' play. Now Charlie can use the crib. That's about the only good thing I can think of.

It was inevitable that we would have to train Luke to sleep in a bed, I was just wishing we could put it off for another year or two... or three.... or four. I know, I sound like a crazy person wanting my son to sleep in a crib until he is 4, but I love being able to contain him. The worst part now is when he sneaks up on me after he breaks out of his room.

I am reading the "No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers" right now. I think the "no-cry" part of the title is referring to the child, although it should refer to the parent. I want to cry when I think that I will get no more 3 hour naps from Luke in the afternoon. No more of him sleeping in till 9 a.m.

Excuse me while I get a tissue.


  1. Please let me know if this book is any good/solves the problem. I have a horrible sleeper that I don't know how to "fix".

  2. I need to know if you like this book too!! My great sleeper is no longer a great sleeper. I actually have a child doorknob thingy on the inside of her door and after she is asleep I open the door. Is this cruel? I have no idea. She will cry sometimes but not all the time... Let me know if I should read this book....

  3. I used the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child with both Carson and Abby and it was a lifesaver. They both took to it really well and it has saved my sanity.
    When Carson was getting out of his bed a lot, we turned around his doorknob so the lock part was on the outside. I've had to lock him in his room a few times.

  4. We moved Owen to a big boy bed in August and he's taken to it really well. I loved the crib but he started crawling out at 9 mo. and it got to the point where it was really unsafe to keep him in there. I thought about the net, but knew that Noah would need the crib sooner or later so we made the transition when we moved (it also helped that someone gave me an adorable toddler bed for free :)).
    Anyway, he has good days and bad days. He can't open his door here so I just shut it and he plays until he falls asleep. I just make sure there's nothing in his room that's dangerous and some nights I find him in a ball on the floor.

    Luke might surprise you and do better than you think. You could always put one of those child proof things on the door so he can't open his door.

  5. 9 A.M.???? You have been lucky!

  6. Try to do whatever it takes to make him "love his bed". Maybe you already do this and it doesn't work, but try telling him "do NOT get out of bed until Mommy comes and gets you.." and maybe start a reward system if he actually stays in his bed for you desired time. Also you could try (maybe when he gets just a little older) putting some cool alarm clock in his room and actually setting it and he will know that he does not get out of his room until it goes off. Also just making it clear that if he does get up "early" (more like in the morning) he must stay in his room and he can read books. I KNOW I'm not a "parent", but just some ideas

  7. My friend did that alarm clock idea and it works great for her! The first morning her son did come in her room and told her it wasn't working because it did not play the music yet, but I think that only lasted one or two mornings. From the looks of the picture, it looks like you might be able to sew that hole up...maybe it would buy you another couple of weeks???

  8. Ok first I can't believe 9am really??!! That has to be some let down after that! I still stand by my "locking in the room method" I used with Kylee. I took everything out of her room (except her bed and some toys/books) and then put the baby lock on the inside of her door handle. I tried several of the no cry methods before I started locking her in her room and the problem with Kylee is that she is persistant and was constantly coming out of her room and I would have to bring her back all night long for several weeks. She did cry a little big the first night (mostly because she was mad at me) but then she just would go into her room and shut the door after that. It was like her room was a big crib with a tent on top :)! Lately I have been trying the alarm clock thing (since she can open baby locks now) and she knows not to come out of her room until it says 7:00AM....but the shutting her in thing worked for a long time!! I don't care if other mom's think i'm cruel for doing this....it was better than finding her in the kitchen on the counter playing with my knives at 3am.

  9. You should see Gavin's crib tent! It's ripped all the way across. My solution? I got a long piece of ribbon and I looped it through the little holes all the way across the sort of lace it up. So yeah, it's a pain to have to tie and untie every time, but so WORTH IT!!! Oh, and one of my friends switched the door knob on her kid's room so that she can lock it from the outside. Better than him learning how to get out of the house while you're sleeping, right? After all, it's about their safety, isn't it? ;-)

  10. Well I'll shed a few tears for you, too. If it makes you feel any better.

  11. OOhhh... Sad day.. what's that horrible phrase.. All good things must come to an end.... Maybe we could repair it. hehe...



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