Monday, May 2, 2011

Crib Tents...Peace at Last

Ever since the twins learned how to climb out of their cribs, life has not been easy for their parents. One baby wandering the halls at night would be hard enough, but it's a whole different ballgame with TWO.

It was taking HOURS to get them to sleep at night even though with each passing day they were all becoming more sleep deprived. And would they 'sleep in' since they were exhausted? NO. Naptime had become a joke too.

Two days ago the crib tents arrived and sanity and sleep has returned to their home. 
I had never seen these before, have you?
Jonas was not thrilled being in there for the demonstration, but Amy said the babies have adjusted nicely. Téa's crib on the left is open so you can see how they can be zipped securely and safely in.

Sure beats having TWO 2 year olds having free reign of the house during the night. 
Especially since they know how to open doors, cupboards, drawers, toilets, and climb to the top of furniture and tables.  
Téa showed me last week how to take off the safety lock on the trash can so I could throw my napkin away!
(I hope I'm not scaring the McKs and Karen and Tyler.)

It's all about safety and sanity. 
And happy babies.

Had you ever seen a crib tent before now? I hadn't.


grandmapeg said...

WOW!!! How nice are these!!! I would have loved these when my children were babies. Hopefully Logan and Amy are catching up on their sleep. This is a great 'invention'! Thanks for sharing!!

Grandmotherfairy said...

Why didn't they have those in the olden days??? Good for Amy!

Kris said...

I've never seen those before but I think the idea is brilliant!!!!! Talk about so much more peace of mind for a parent!

Karen Mortensen said...

Love it. I have never seen these before. I wish they had them when Daniel was little.

Dad and Susan said...

We've not known of these until now! Some resourceful parent filled a need to be sure! Love, Dad and Susan

Sue said...

My DIL used these for the last two babies, who both learned to climb out early and were not ready for junior beds yet. Definitely a lifesaver.

Interestingly, my mom fashioned something similar for me when my daughter was young. She learned to climb out at 10 months and I couldn't sleep for worrying about her. My mom was ahead of her time!


Robin said...

I love the tents and everyday something new is being invented to help parents keep their babies safer !! Hard to imagine what the future will hold !! Instant diaper changers would be great!!

Logan and Amy said...

These crib tents are a life saver!!!! Not only am I catching up on sleep but I feel better knowing that they are safe in their cribs and not roaming the house or outside. I would recommend this to everyone with babies or toddlers who know how to climb out of their cribs!!!
Amy said...

I've seen them but never jumped on them...we just moved our kids to toddler beds and that worked for us...but this is so clever. Has Amy caught them trying to take it apart or trying to get out of it? Just curious how kid proof it long it will keep them in or will their curiosity get them loose? Love to hear an update on how long these might be the answer for the next kid! Very cute! Sleep well! :)

Eileen said...

Great idea!
I bet Logan and Amy weren't getting a peaceful sleep at night thinking that at any moment one or both twins could be wandering around the house getting into anything and everything!
So happy they found a solution.
Love to you,
PS ~ Tea and Jonas are smart cookies, I wonder how long before they figure out how to break out of the crib tents????

Logan and Amy said...

There is no way for them to get out of these tents unless they are able to make a hole in the netting. They have already tried pushing hard on the netting and so far so good. When we didn't have these nettings, I would put the twins down for bed or nap time and they would continue to get up and up and up. This would go on for hours. It would be 10pm by the time they gave up. I would be exhausted! Then they would be up early the next morning sneaking around the house. I just feel peace of mind knowing there safe and that I get some quiet time to myself at night!

Grandma Honey said...

It seems they would need a sharp object, like scissors to get through that sturdy netting. Also it's encased under the mattress, so it's very secure.

Whoever designed this thought of everything, it seems to me.

Rebecca said...

Do they make these for 15 year olds???

Sue said...

What's funny is that they start to like the tents, and then when you are ready to get rid of them, they miss having one!


Anonymous said...

hi. We have twins as well and the girls use these as well. We just found out that they were recalled due to stranglation and death.

you probably know this already...not sure what we are going to do either, but thought i'd pass along the info. See below:


DETAILS: Various models of Tots in Mind Inc. crib and play yard tents that were originally recalled in 2010. The company originally offered a repair kit, but has since gone out of business. The crib tents were sold at, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us and Babies R Us, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Bed Bath & Beyond, which also sold it through the website Buy Buy Baby. The tents included Portable Playard Tent, Original Cozy Crib Tent, Cozy Crib Tent II, Crib Tent for Convertible Cribs, Portable Playard Tent Plus Cabana Kit. The tents have a label with the Tots In Mind logo, several inches wide and long, located on the non-mesh portion near the top of the tent.

WHY: They pose a strangulation risk.

INCIDENTS: Twenty seven tent failures, including a two-year old boy who died in 2008 after getting trapped between the frame and the metal rod at the base of the tent. Another child had a catastrophic brain injury in 2007 when the tent on his crib inverted and the product's broken rod trapped him by the neck.

HOW MANY: About 330,000.

FOR MORE: Photos of the tents involved in the recall can be found at

Consumers should contact the store where the item was purchased.

Read more: Recalls this week: Trampolines, unsafe crib tents - The Denver Post
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