Thursday, June 17, 2010

free range

pyro


This morning, I put Cole in his room, in his crib. I handed him his favorite musical pink seahorse, which (among other things) plays a charming, if somewhat aquatic-sounding, rendition of Ode to Joy. I said, "Mama will be back soon" and I carefully shut the door.

I finished my shower about 15 minutes later. Cole had a brand-new bruise on his forehead and a rapidly-swelling bump under one eye. He had a truck under one arm and a dirty sock in his mouth. He spit the sock out, told me "bye bye," and, when that failed to get the desired response, tried "night night."

He wasn't in his crib. He wasn't even in his room.

Houston, we have a problem.

27 comments:

areyoukiddingme said...

I hate it when they get all mobile like that! Especially the kind of mobile that comes with climbing (and, therefore, falling off of stuff)...

Amelie said...

Oh dear. He's growing up soon, this guy. Better hide the car keys.

Rachel said...

Cole-proofed room and a VERY high gate with no lateral bars?

Anonymous said...

I've never understood why children gain mobility before they have any sort of reasoning ability. Although now that I write that it kind of makes sense that they have to expirence things before they can make sense if the world.

Lavender Luz said...

Oh, dear. Sudden Mobility Syndrome strikes fear in the hearts of mothers everywhere.

Betty M said...

Oh dear. Time to invest in some barriers!

Magpie said...

You can probably get hold of some handcuffs, right? Or leg irons?

niobe said...

@Magpie: I like the way you think.

Suzanna Catherine said...

I always found duct tape worked really well. (I'm just kidding!)

Welcome to your baby's toddler-hood.

Azaera said...

My solution to that problem is baby safe the entire room, and switch from a crib to a matress on the floor. Doesn't hurt as much when they crawl off or roll off it, and he's free to explore his own room while you shower or whatever, plus if he gets tired his bed is right there and as long as the matress isn't too thick/high for him to climb onto he can just crawl right back and on and go to sleep. That's what I plan to do for Skyler anyway, if he ever figures out how to get out of his crib.

Antropologa said...

Oh my goodness! Let the games begin!

charmedgirl said...

CRIB TENT.

and when they learn how to rip them, sew it together with shoelaces.

Kristin said...

CRIB TENT ASAP...although, I had one friend whose son was able to concur that (but he was older than Cole) and she had to resort to reversing the doorknob and locking him in his room.

Maggie said...

Oh no!

I third (or whatever number) the crib tent. Unless you're ready to move him up to a toddler bed...with a gate at his doorway...

painted maypole said...

wow. MQ NEVER climbed out of her crib, and she slept in it until she was nearly three. She was certainly big and strong enough. She just never did. Lucky us.

Hannah said...

All I can say is... Cole is that old already? When did that happen? How long have I been reading you, anyway?

And yeah, toddler bed and a gate across his bedroom doorway. Neither of my kids were in a crib past eighteen months. Too much climbing.

Twice said...

My son broke his arm the first and only time he climbed out of his crib. After that, we told both kids they shouldn't climb out of their cribs, or they might break one of their arms again. Both kids stayed in their cribs until they were almost 4. For the first year in the toddler beds, they asked to get out every morning, as if they still needed our help. We are lazy parents.

Rest assured that is about the only thing they have ever asked to do before just going ahead and doing it.

Trish said...

Oh my! Lauren didn't even try to get out of her crib until she was about 2 1/2 and Allison never did. Both of my girls like sleeping way to much to leave their beds. Even now, Allison will stay in the bed when she wakes up and call me until I come in there.
I have heard crib tents work for many people. I also like the idea of the mattress on the floor and baby lock on the door so he can't get out.
It would be really bad if he got to those stairs!
Good luck!

k@lakly said...

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Anonymous said...

I swear by the crib tent. When my son finally learned how to get out of it, I buckled him in his car seat. Then he had a choice of staying in his bed, or sleeping in his car seat. Because he was going to sleep, damn it.

passingwindows said...

Oh my word, I can't believe it happens so fast! Freaky. Thank goodness he realises "bye bye" is not going to make you very happy. At least "night night" implies he might go back to his room and his bed.

Smiling said...

tricky.. particularly since gravity is probably still on at your house. good luck!

Aromatherapy said...

Really very tricky...does it happens really so fast???

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neeroc said...

Ah, I wish I'd known about the crib tent! Would have saved many sleepless nights and panicked dashes into her room.

Anonymous said...

My 1st son was able to climb out of cribs by 8 months, and at 9 months I found him sleeping on top of the crib tent like it was a hammock. So mattress on the floor for him. Now my 2nd son didn't even learn to roll over until he was over a year, so it wasn't really an issue with him.

Dora said...

Oy vey! I. Am. So. Not Ready. For. Mobility.