Crib Tents, What the Heck?

crib tents weirdHelp Me!There's no doubt about it, the baby business is booming. From super fun strollers to the most adorable baby clothes you've ever wanted to wear yourself, selling things to parents is making a lot of people a lot of cash. Hey, I'm all for wanting cuteness to surround your home, your baby, and your life. And anything that's going to make my life easier (hello, Ergo carrier!) as a new mom with only two hands is fab. I want it. Yet occasionally, a baby item comes along that makes you think a) how did this come into being?; and b) who's buying this stuff?

Which is what I'm wondering about the crib tent. What the heck is this for? Trapping fairies?


Sure I had an unnatural fear about my babies suddenly climbing out of their cribs and falling head first into brain damage. Who doesn't? But that's what lowering the mattress is for, and then moving your kiddo into a toddler bed. Keeping a tent over a bed just seems a little, I don't know, sociopath'ish. I kid, sort of.

If you have one of those climbers, you may need to do whatever it takes to ensure her safety. If a tent does the trick, more power to you. Just don't be surprised if your child develops an unnatural fear of being buried alive. But I'm sure you can do lots of immersion therapy for that when she's older, so don't worry. Kidding! Again, kind of.

Before those of you with special cases begin to pile on, I get it. I had a friend who would jump out of bed and go turn on the stove. His mom had to install a locked screen door on his bedroom until he was 8 years old. There are always the extremes. But for your run-of-the-mill baby, this crib tent thing seems like overkill. Weird, even. I don't get it.

Do you?


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