Fia Friday: The Pocket Crib

In my constant quest to get my daughter to sleep past 6:03 every morning, I’m trying to come up with ways she can entertain herself. When friends tell me, “My baby plays quietly in her crib in the morning,” I want to spit. But one can always dare to dream…

The other night, after she was asleep, I put some books in her crib. I figured when she woke up, maybe she’d read them. Instead, I was awoken by two huge thumps. I raced into her room, terrified she fell out. Nope. She was just chucking the books out.

“No books in my crib!!!” she screamed.

OOhhh–kkkay. Didn’t know we had crib rules dictated by a toddler.

I told my friend Elizabeth about it, who did just about the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me. She offered to make me a “pocket crib.” I didn’t know what that was, but it sounded cool. And considering I can barely sew a button, it’s like she just offered to climb Everest for me.

Two days later, we had it. Fia and I made a big production out of stuffing it with books, animals, and a sippy cup. I explained to her how she can read her books and play when Mama is still sleeping. Unfortunately, she hasn’t grasped the concept so I’m still not that mom who can say, “My daughter plays quietly in her crib.” But for naps, she sometimes reads a book or two before falling asleep. I’ll take what I can get.

Elizabeth is now custom-making these by the way, so feel free to visit her website.

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  1. by Tracy

    On August 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I enjoy your blogs. Don’t mean to be annoying, but I think that crib tent may have been recalled. I took mine back after the recall, and even tho both my kids used it, as well as 3 kids in the neighborhood, I got a full refund.

  2. by Jill Cordes

    On September 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hey Tracy. Thanks–and not annoying at all. I know, it was recalled, but the dangers that it posed really don’t apply to Fia, so I’m sticking with it. I love it. And so does Fia. It’s like a pretty canopy on her bed. But I can use the “I’m going to zip it” as a threat and she will go back to sleep. I never actually zip it up though!