Baby Houdini

My poor husband. I’ve been gone (not able to get away for lunch and not home until well after bedtime) nearly all of last week and every day this week as well as gone for the weekend for an out of state funeral. Michael is a stay at home dad as well as freelance reporter (until more “stable” work comes along).

He’s had no baby breaks, and I’ve had no baby time. And Michael has been tackling our cantankerous little escape artist mostly solo.

Here’s the scoop:

Last week he proved that a crib would no longer contain him. We took the side off the the crib (it is a convertible crib meant to do that) and have struggled with getting him to sleep since.

I don’t think there is reasoning with a not even 2-year-old. The first night (Saturday) I was home to try to help put him to bed.

miles escapeskneeled on the floor next to his crib and cooed “night, night” and rubbed his back. Well he shot straight up, pushed my head against the mattress and started stroking it going, “night, night.”

Anytime I’d try to lift my head up to check if he was sleeping he would quickly pop up himself and then slam my head onto the bed doing his best imitation of me soothing, “night, night” and caressing my head.

After no less than two hours and several escape attempts, Miles finally gave in to sleep.

The next night (Sunday) Michael tackled it solo. Miles didn’t nap at all (another two hour battle of staying in bed) so he was exhausted when bedtime rolled around. But that didn’t mean he would fall asleep (in his bed or anywhere else.) After countless trips back to bed, Michael whipped out the Pack-n-Play (big playpen like thing).

That couldn’t contain him either, shimmied right out. Seriously, the kid is an escape artist.

We have a video monitor that allows us to keep an eye on our little Houdini. Today, I get this report from my hubby when I asked how naptime was going, “Not great so far. He escaped once already and the first thing he did was grab the video camera and throw it on the floor. He knows I’m watching him. Little snot!”

What’s your best strategy for getting your kids to sleep/stay in bed when they are out of the crib. (HELP US PLEASE!)

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