(This review is based on my own personal experience with this crib tent. It is not intended to be a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are affiliate links in this post. You can see my disclosure page here.)
Just to give a little background: our daughter was never a good sleeper (sweet as pie, but hated going to sleep). As a result, delirium due to a lack of sleep became a “normal” part of our family’s daily routine.
So, when our daughter was 10 months old, I hired a sleep trainer. Her methods were a success and we all finally started sleeping again!
But then, after nearly 6 consecutive months of nearly solid slumber, the unimaginable happened. Our toddler, Zoe, learned how to climb out of her crib!
Once again, we were all losing sleep. My toddlers daredevil escapes seriously concerned me because:
Sleep is so crucial for both physical and mental health.
According to The National Sleep Foundation lack of sleep is linked to hypertension, heart disease, depression, diabetes and several other chronic diseases.
The National Sleep Foundation also states that sleep is especially important for children because it is when blood supply to the muscles is increased, energy is restored, tissue growth and repair occur, and important hormones are released for growth and development.
After getting over the shock of my daughter’s uncanny ability to actually scale the crib we tried several things to deter her.
We watched our toddler climb out of her crib on a monitor so we could see exactly how she was doing it. She made it look so easy! She held on to the top bar and put her feet in between the crib slates, hoisting herself to the top, then she teetered on the top bar and balanced until she could get both feet over the sides and jump to the floor. Usually, with a big SPLAT.
I scored the internet for more suggestions and solutions. A toddler bed was out of the question because our toddler would not stay in her bed (or room for that matter) for more then 1 minute.
Inevitably, we would end up having a little visitor in bed with us every night for the foreseeable future (or worse, roaming the house!).
My first priority for our daughter was safety. I didn’t want her getting hurt while climbing out of her crib, but I also didn’t want her wandering around the house in the middle of the night either. And frankly, we ALL needed to get some sleep!
I read a ton of reviews on this crib tent and I it sounded like people were having a lot of success without having any safety issues. From my own personal experience, these are the reasons this crib tent has been a gift from the sleep Gods.
I think it makes her feel safer. We have a bedtime routine and our toddler wont even let us leave her room without zipping up her crib tent canopy.
It has been 1 year since we started using the crib tent and it still works like a charm. Soon we will be transitioning our daughter to a toddler bed, but until then we are leaving it up.
An Honest Crib Tent Review
From A Mom, RN
Sarah Jividen is a registered nurse, blogger, writer, wife, and mother with an aspiration to empower nurses and moms to take better care of themselves. Sarah lives with her husband in a beach suburb outside of Los Angeles where they are raising their two-year-old daughter, newborn son and two rescue kitties. In a rare moment of free time you may find Sarah practicing yoga, socializing with friends, sampling dark beers or attending a local concert venue with her husband.