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Escape Artist



Check out that mug shot.  She looks so sweet and innocent, doesn't she?  She doesn't look like a criminal who can escape from a sophisticated prison.  But this adorable little girl... don't let her fool you, she's tricky.  She may be little.  She may be quiet.  She may be cute and cuddly.  But she is an escape artist.

I came home around lunchtime on April 3rd and SuperNanny told me that she wasn't able to let the triplets nap that morning because shortly after she had put them down for their nap, she heard Abby screaming bloody murder.  She went in and discovered that Abby had climbed out of her crib and was hanging on the outside of her crib absolutely terrified to let go, but unable to get back in. 

Gosh, and I had always thought Sam would be the first one out.

I immediately called my friend Michelle, mother extraordinaire to the "trio of terror" as she calls them - adorable triplets who will turn three this summer.  They're gorgeous and sweet, and just recently moved into "big kid beds" after having been in cribs with crib tents for a good long while. 

"Tell me everything there is to know about crib tents."
"They saved my life.  What do you need to know?"
"Are there different kinds?  What should I get? Etc?  I need to go buy one.  NOW.  Abby climbed out of her crib."
"I have one left. Come get it."
"You're an angel.  I'll bring the Starbucks."

Michelle warned me that eventually her kids learned how to unzipper the crib tents.  "But don't worry, it'll take a long time before Abby figures it out!"  It took Abby about three days.  I do not think that's what Michelle meant by "a long time."  Fortunately, Michelle also told me the solution to unzippering - safety-pinning it closed.

And so, this is what Abby's new prison cell crib looks like:




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hipstamom From: hipstamom Date: April 21st, 2009 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! She's brilliant.
kalki From: kalki Date: April 21st, 2009 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
haha, one smart cookie you have there :)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 21st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm going to need one of those to keep the kitty out of the crib i think. was it easy to put on?

and i have a kid who make sthe same face. that is not an innocent mug shot. that's the snicker before she escapes :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 21st, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You won't need one to keep the kitty out of the crib - the cat will jump in once, discover there's a BABY (Gah!) in there, and never venture in again. Most cats don't want anything to do with babies.

It wasn't too difficult to put on, in large part because Michelle put it together for me and all I had to do was attach it to the crib. I imagine if I'd had to figure out how to put it together, it would have taken a lot longer.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 21st, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
does your cat sleep with the kids when they're sleeping though? or with j man?

mine isn't the most intelligent creature on earth.....

it doesn't look so bad. i'll have to look into it
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 21st, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
My cats do not sleep with the babies when they're sleeping. OCCASIONALLY nibbler will venture into Julian's room when he's sleeping.

There are downsides to crib tents. Do not purchase one until you determine you need one. They slow things down for firemen if they ever needed to get your kids out in a fire, for example. Crib tents are not the be all and end all. There are definite safety issues. But when it comes to crawling out of cribs - with three babies, putting a 19 month old in a big kid bed at this point isn't an option - they'd never sleep again, meaning neither would I. So the crib tent keeps her from breaking her neck or cracking her skull on the hard wood floor that she would fall onto if she flipped herself out of her crib successfully. It's all about balancing the risk/benefit ratio. Until you're balancing a real versus a perceived risk, it's not worth it because the real risk of the crib tent outweighs the perceived (but as yet unproven) risk of the cat.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 21st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok. i getcha. my cat will sleep with both kids in turn during hte night. so i'm concerned about cuppy.

no i understand about your need for a crib tent. however i am still going to buy one. i probably wont have to use it for a while anyway bc both boys slept in their carseat in my room when they were little. i see myself doing the same
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journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 21st, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm not worried about him smothering the baby. i'm more worried about his fat butt squishing the baby ;)

my kitty loves to snuggle with my kids. and my older kids are holy terrors to him. so i can imagine a baby who can't move would be an awesome pillow for his fat butt ;)
realeez From: realeez Date: April 21st, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
We borrowed one of those for dd. To prolong unzipping, make sure you tuck the end of the zipper into the little flap thing - you will see it and understand!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 21st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
we did tuck the zipper into the little flap thing. She still gets it out. So we safety pin it instead, which is far more effective.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: April 21st, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe and she was the last to really get moving. SO now she's absolutely fearless. Oy.... B'H she's healthy and seeking to explore the world around her.

I love that this is her 'prison cell' no Mommy isn't torturing her she's keeping her safe, and avoiding ANOTHER trip to the ER.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 21st, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh. She IS the only one who hasn't gotten to see the inside of the HC ER...
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: April 21st, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
iyh she doesn't in the near future!!

Have you asked the er if they have a frequent visitor pass, like a punch card. Or so many visits free parking?
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