*insert onlookers looking in like we're on their TV screen screaming, "Don't do it! Stop! That's so wrong, what are you thinking people? " Isn't that what you would say to parents of a 20 month old thinking of letting this child loose? Looking back, that's exactly what I would say.
So we did, and you know what? The first night went great. He slept wonderfully and we thought, "Wow! What an awesome idea we had." Short lived! Then this happened. Over and over and over we were spending tons of time putting him back into bed. Our normal routine: Put him down at 8pm (which took several times putting him back into bed) Then he would wake up at 1 am. sometimes going back to bed, but lots of times just getting right back up until 3 or 4am. Literally, hours of this. Then he was up for the day at 5:30am. We used method after method with little results. I was on the verge of taking an alias and skipping town, just forget this whole parenting thing if it means I will never sleep again, but I didn't. What a good mommy am I?
And then.... I found the solution.... a cage. My mom has been telling me just to turn over his crib so it's like a cage. (not really, just sort of like a joke, I hope. You were joking weren't you Mom? Don't tell me if you weren't, I don't want to know.) Anywho... So a friend tells me about this
So after a rough night I drove over an hour to the nearest Babies R Us and purchased said "tent." Husband growls, scowls, and groans the entire time he is putting the crib back together and attaching the "tent." My fingers were crossed the entire time, hoping, praying, doing rain dances that it works. That we can finally get some sleep.
And you know what - IT WORKED! It totally worked. The child HATED it for about 30 min. and then got the best sleep of his entire life. He went to sleep at 8:30pm and I actually had to wake him up at 8am to take my other child to school. He is sleeping so much better, it's amazing. You have not seen a happier mommy EVER. I mean, I started showering again, my hair is shinier, my skin is softer... it's amazing what two good nights of sleep will get ya. I may even decide to actually start exercising again because of all the energy I have. Or not.