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Old 11-19-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Portable cribs?

Does anyone have any experience with buying/using portable cribs?

We really need to have a crib for the grand baby when they visit. I want one that can be folded up when not in use. I've looked at several on Amazon but I question the sturdiness of them and the height of the sides. Vincent is a strong and adventurous little boy who could happily climb over the side if it isn't high enough.

Any input on this would be appreciated.
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It's a little pricey, but this one's deep enough that you probably wouldn't have to worry. Won't he be in a toddler bed in another year or so, though? Maybe you could figure out some other way to contain him?
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Just found one on craigslist in Chattanooga: http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/bab/4763090605.html
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Thanks for that craigslist item!

You're right about it only being useful for another year or so. That's another of the reasons that we've been hesitating.

I'm going to check out the craigslist one and see if it would work.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:28 PM   #5
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Hey, make sure you get the manufacturer name/product info and run it through here before you buy: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

or here: http://www.babycenter.com/product-recall-finder
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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Vincent is already such a little monkey I can see him over the sides of those cribs early next year!
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We use a pack-n-play for Livie. The sides are mesh and she can't get a toe hold in it.
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The girls also used a pack-n-play. One of my favorite memories involves the two 6-year-old grandsons dragging toddler J in and out of one all afternoon; they were superheroes and he was the Master Criminal Babyman. The pack-n-play was alternately the jail, Babyman's Secret Hideout and/or the cave where he imprisoned Our Heroes, and their headquarters. It took a LOT of abuse that day, and went on for at least 2 more babies.
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We had a pack n play too, which I loved, but I didn't know if that would work for an active toddler -- we mostly only used it for travel with infants.
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Thanks so much y'all. You've helped us to decide what to do.

Vincent is past the pack n play. Not only can he go over the side, if he's in the mood he can tip it over. That's why we were looking at cribs.

He's at that in-between stage. With a crib, you can put a baby down at nap or bedtime even if he isn't asleep yet because he can't get out. And he can't get out of a crib if he wakes up before we do. But, as it is now, we can't put him "to bed" on just a mattress until he's sound asleep because he ain't a stoopid toddler and there's no way he'll stay on the bed if left alone.

But I think Lint is right. He'll be past a crib in less than 6 months and, after further discussion, we've decided that it isn't worth the money, especially as it would only be used when he visits us.

So, we're just going to improvise something to keep him safely corralled. A ball and chain might work...

D. Gale, I especially appreciate your help
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Happy to help. If I come up with some magic toddler-containing force field, you'll be the first to know.

I can remember my oldest son at that 18-19 month old stage -- he would wake up at 1 or 2 in the morning and be ready to play. We never really did the crib thing with him; we had a family bed, but DH was working 2 jobs, so he really needed his sleep. I wasn't working, so we put a twin mattress on the floor in the corner of his playroom -- I would just close the door and crash in there and he could play to his heart's content -- and eventually he'd come snuggle with me and go back to sleep. He was never a climber or destructor, even at 2; he was just a busy boy. It was a good system for us at the time, but I don't see that working for your situation.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:43 PM   #12
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Happy to help. If I come up with some magic toddler-containing force field, you'll be the first to know.
Please do that and then patent it. You'll be TBM's first known billionaress.
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Here's a pretty good article (except for the part about the crib tents -- those are dangerous). How about a crib mattress on the floor, babyproofing the room, and a baby gate at the door? Depending on how close his room is to yours, of course.

http://www.justmommies.com/babies/wh...b-out-the-crib
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That article is very sensible on many levels!

Especially the "boring them into believing you" reaction!
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That is a good article. It echoes what we're thinking of doing. We have a small cot mattress that will fit nicely into a corner of the room. Then we can use some of the plastic "play area" fencing to wall off an area around the mattress. If necessary, we can even make that 2 panels high.

It'll end up resembling the yard of a chicken coop, but it will keep him safe.
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If it works, why not? He looks like a climber, escape artist...

A mattress on the floor seems like a good option as long as you can keep him in the room!
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He's definitely a climber. DS said that he's had to take the stuffed animals out of the crib at home as Vincent was piling them up in the corner and using them as a stepping stone to get over the top of the side railing.

While visiting us, it took him less than one day to learn how to climb up onto the recliners in the den. It took him a couple more to learn how to sit on the arm of the chair, without holding on to anything to keep him steady. Earlier today I caught him standing on the chair seat and putting his foot up on the chair arm. By the time they leave Friday morning, I fully expect to see him dive off the arm onto the floor at least once.

Hopefully, having the ear infections will dampen his acrobatics a bit.
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Wow - lwt's hope so; you can't pad an entire house!
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My two younger girls and Mike are all climbers. I couldn't keep them on the floor as children. They were on top of furniture, climbing out windows, arguing with me that it was perfectly safe for them to ride on the roof of the car. If I said, "Do NOT climb that cliff" the otherwise obedient child would climb the cliff.

Now that they're older they climb mountains and go on vomit inducing roller coasters.
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OK, remember the use of the automatic garage door opener in "9 to 5"? Set one up in your living room with a harness on the baby. At the push of a button, said baby is out of trouble. Use at your discretion. Adjustable for all ages.

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Two words: Duct tape.

And in Maryland, it's perfectly legal as long as there is an adult in the room.

Gah, wouldn't fb's busybody CPS-reporter have had a field day with THAT!
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I remember passing stories around with other moms in DS#1's preschool group. One of the grandmas talked about how when "Ellie" was 9 months old, they walked into the room and found her ON THE MANTEL. They had no idea how she figured out how to climb up there, but they think it was off the back of a chair. Needless to say, she was never unrestrained or unaccompanied after that. Not that it slowed her down, lol.

I didn't get it then, but now I do. Some people are just never drawn to risky behaviors in any way, and I've got at least one of them. I blame parents less and less for their children's strengths or shortcomings as I get older -- while nurture can dampen or encourage tendencies, I really think most people are just born a certain way and that's who they are.

Wow, that certainly went off on a tangent. We need a Toner smiley for going off the rails...and then another one for getting back on track!
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I remember climbing on the metal girders of a new building and balancing, like those Mohawk natives in NYC.

Now I'm lucky to get up out of a chair.
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