The Crib Tent Ain’t Gonna Work

Sleeping soundly--for five minutes

I had my sights set on the crib tent I ordered. It was $80.00. With Fia suddenly waking up multiple times in the night,  I figured this would us to let her cry it out a bit without the worry of her climbing out of the crib. I have friends who swear by it.

I put it together on Tuesday night and put her to sleep. Of course it’s the one time Phil was out of town for the night. She slept for 30 minutes then began waking up every 5-10 minutes. By 8:30 pm I was exhausted. She has never been this bad, and all I could link it to was the tent. Instead of feeling like she’s in a pretty white canopy, she must have felt like she was in a mesh jail. I admit, I think I’d feel a little freaked too.

In order to take it off, you have to take the mattress out. So here I was at nearly 9 pm, her wailing on the floor and my pregnant self trying to disassemble the whole thing. Finally got her back to sleep–then the usual waking began. Every 3 hours she needed me to come hold her. It’s like she’s a newborn again.

The next morning, this is what I found on our bed:

Really? The cat has to rub it in?

So do I keep an $80 item and call it a Wayne Tent? This is ridiculous. Wayne sleeps too much, Fia not enough. And now she has a runny nose, so I can’t retrain her tonight. Bleh.

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  1. by tracybacenas

    On November 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I have 23-month-old twin boys. My husband and I have been awake for almost two years. Feels like. Then, I took the boys to visit family and we slept together in a king size bed at our vacation condo. After 2 years of hard core training and retraining and retraining, the boys slept all night every night for SEVEN NIGHTS. We bought a king size bed the day after I returned from vacation. Now, the boys sleep through the night every night by my side. Not ideal, but at least we’re sleeping!

  2. by Libby

    On November 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    My daughter is a very physical sleeper. We’d get smacked as she’d toss from side to side flinging her arm. Not such a big deal when she was littler but when she got to be a toddler, OUCH!! When she didn’t want to sleep in her bed, she’d sleep on a pallet on the floor. She got to be near us and we didn’t get beat up!!

    Now she’s 13 and we have an air mattress for sleep overs, cause her girl friends get smacked too!!

  3. by Jody Sternhagen

    On December 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I didn’t realize babies could be trained to not need their parents. I suppose I’d have to buy more products. Can you train babies during the daytime too?