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Toddler Climbing Out of the Crib – HELP!

Our toddler is climbing out of the crib. Oh, the adventures our 2-year old brings. Our boy Izaiah sure makes up for the 2 toddlers we had last go-round. He’s everything that describes a boy, made of dirt and every cliche about a 2-year-old describes this kid.

Let’s talk about Izaiah’s newest toddler trick….

Toddler Climbing Out of the Crib

Yes, our boy is a crib jumper. It all started innocently, well because he is GIGANTIC. While only 2 years 3 months, he is the size of a 4-year-old. We are currently selling our house so the last thing I want to do is move him to a big boy bed.

Last night, we counted 6 incidents of this toddler climbing out of the crib.  The kicker is that he comes and finds us and says “I fall. I hurt. What happened?” It’s too cute and too irritating all at the same time. But doesn’t that perfectly wrap up having a toddler?

toddler climbing out of crib

Like a good digital mom, I figured this was too good not to get on camera. Here is a video of the criminal toddler in action:

Crib Tents Recall

While my pediatrician had originally suggested a crib tent, they have been recalled.

crib tents recalledThe Pediatrician had made a comment (I’m sure due to my kid’s ENORMOUS size), about if our toddler is climbing out of the crib to purchase a crib tent. When I went to search for them, I couldn’t  find any on Amazon.

If Amazon doesn’t sell it, something is up. A little more searching and I found out why Amazon no longer carries Crib Tents! The crib tents are dangerous apparently. Guess I’ll let the pediatrician know (she had recommended a crib tent for the crib jumping situation)

Five Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Tots in Mind Crib Tents Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazard One Death and Serious Brain Injury Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc.

CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products.

Tots in Mind recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit that is no longer available. The company is no longer in business and has stopped all sales. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these crib tents and play yard tents immediately. 

Do not attempt to repair these products.

CPSC is aware of 27 tent failures including one fatality and one serious injury that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a two-year-old boy died after becoming entrapped between the bottom rail of a play yard tent and the top rail of a play yard. The fatality was reported in a prior recall with the firm on July 15, 2010.

In 2007, a two-year-old boy sustained a catastrophic brain injury when the crib tent affixed to his crib tent inverted and the product’s broken rod trapped him at the neck. The remaining 25 reports to CPSC involved inverted crib tents entrapments between the tent and the crib/play yard or failures of the tent fabric and zippers.

Three of these 25 reports also resulted in injuries; in one such case, a parent reported finding her child turning blue and entrapped between the product and the top rail of the play yard.

Since Tots in Mind, Inc. is out of business, retailers who sold these products have stepped up to offer refunds or store credit to consumers.

The crib tents and play yard tents can present an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if the dome portion inverts inside the crib or play yard, or if the product becomes partially detached from the crib or play yard.

The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart and online on websites including, for between $60 and $85.

Moving to a Toddler Bed

With our oldest who is now 9-years old, we found out we were pregnant with our second when she was 18-months. In order to use the crib for the new baby, we thought we transitioned her a month before the baby arrived at around 2 years old. Looking back, the process seemed somewhat painless and then I remember what happened we did the same with our son.

Our son started scaling the crib wall at 10-months old. The mattress position was all the way down, but that didn’t matter to him. Where there’s a will – there’s a way. He was so tiny and it was a big fall.

At 18-months, we moved him into a big boy bed.  And if I thought dealing with a baby getting out of the crib was tough. With a big boy bed, there was nothing to jump over. With no effort needed, he was all over the house – all of the time. It was at least a year of torture.

We put up child gates but then we just had a little boy who was extremely sad looking at us through the gates. The thought reminds me of poor helpless puppies just wanting love.

Izaiah, our third child – the toddler mentioned above is what poses the challenge. See, Izaiah – well how do I put this. He thinks he can do ANYTHING. Anything includes cleaning floors, climbing shelves, playing in the toilet.

Last night, when he was on the loose – he managed to take a shelf off of the bathroom cabinet. Don’t ask.

So until we move, I think this is the situation we are dealing with. We folks have a crib jumper. Lord, please help me survive this!

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Toddler Climbing Out of the Crib is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk