• ajaynesray

    A friend of ours gave my son that turtle when he was born and I never thought he would like it so much. He’ll be 3 in a few weeks and I have to ask each night what color stars he wants because watch out if momma puts it on green and he wants blue! Can’t win. Ever.

  • Rachel Sea

    My great-grandma gave all the kids, and grandkids a shot of NyQuil before bed, to make sure they stayed there. I’m sure it’s pure coincidence that they all developed substance abuse problems later in life.

  • lisdom

    Although I have 100% the opposite personality as Marlo, unfortunately I do not remember the last time I slept through the night, and I have been this way since well under 5 years old. I am now 33.

  • kmpinkel

    Yes, my two youngest have the same sort of thing. One got the penguin and the other HAD to have the pink pony. The oldest says the penguin freaks him out, so his sister offers the pink pony as an offering.

  • Laurie

    We have an air purifier that I bet no longer purifies air. It sits on the floor at the foot of my five-year-old son’s bed. I’m pretty sure he would never sleep without that white noise maker. God help me when it craps out. Because I will definitely drop $80 and buy a new one.

  • Melissa Hunting

    My then 5-year-old daughters got these from Grandma for Christmas, the penguin and the unicorn. My then 19-month-old son received the dog, who projects stars as well. Guess who gets woken up by “Starsth! STARSTH!!!” whenever my son wakes up and the timer has already turned off? It sure isn’t Grandma.

  • Beth

    I know this will sound apocryphal, but our son, Noah, figured out how to climb out of his crib two nights before we were going out of town about three months or so ago. He did it for those two nights, and then once we came home he hasn’t done it since. I think he actually likes his den of a crib. He has his glow worm he’s had from day one, two different sized Pooh bears, two blankets, two kinds of little pillows, and now a mickey and minnie mouse. Add to all that whatever little car or bus he needs that night.

  • suzinrva

    We have TWO of these bad mamajamas in my house and a case of batteries on hand at any given moment. I consider these essential to our end of days bug out apocalyptic supplies…cause you know what? If Nat Geo Doomsday Preppers has taught me anything, these mofos will be currency when stuff goes down!

  • Johi Kokjohn-Wagner

    When our oldest started climbing out of the crib, my husband- ever the inventor- kept trying to convince me to let him build a “lid” for the crib “that had slats in it, hinged on one side and latched on the other”. I listened, then calmly explained to him how his “crib lid” MAY be misconstrued for a CAGE. I encouraged him to go back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, I put the tot in his big boy bed.

  • Jessica McCoy

    Time for the duct tape? It comes in pink now, which means it’s legit for Marlo, right? Not to the pillow. TO THE BED!

  • KateTdid

    I love Marlo. That is all.

  • http://toomuch-notenough.blogspot.com/ ST

    That turtle freaked my daughter out for the first 6 months we had it, but it became so vital to our survival that I bought a new one for my older son’s 2nd birthday. I love that damn turtle.

  • http://toomuch-notenough.blogspot.com/ ST

    Oh my gosh, my husband recommends this idea all the time for my middle child (my daredevil climber).

  • greenplanner

    Back in the day (the 1960′s to be precise) this is exactly what my parents did. Nobody died and we all slept GREAT.

  • Natasha

    I may have to get one. The Hurricane is closing in on 4 and WITHOUT fail 2am means 2 becomes 3 in the parental bedroom. Every since he climbed out of his crib at 16 months. I NEED SLEEP
    Also, I have been a major creeper on your blog for the past two-ish years, and I’m pretty sure Marlo and Emmett are born of the same demon star. With their adorable insane selves.

  • Natasha

    Hub has suggested kenneling the kids. We have large dog, so large kennel. The thought has crossed my mind….

  • Carly Palacios

    Uh… yeah we just turned our daughter’s crib upside down when she started climbing out at 2. She’d crawl right in, no problem, and we all slept great. Older sis climbed out ONCe and scared herself so bad she never tried again, but not this one! Now that we dismantled her crib (new house is too tiny), she sleeps in a playyard with a sheet tied over the top. If she’s not caged in, ain’t nobody sleeping!!

  • megrit411

    Every time I read one of these toddler or little kid posts I look at my eight month old twins, little guys who are just attempting to crawl and I think “Holymotherofgod what is heading my way?”
    I should stop reading the Internet.

  • Stephanie Wilson

    Both my 4 and 6 year old have the turtles and I don’t see them leaving my house any time soon.

  • Jen Wilson

    My two-year-old has a light-up aquarium that he turns on by himself if he wakes up in the night. If that thing ran out of batteries at 2am? I would be out buying batteries at 2am. SLEEP IS IMPORTANT.

  • Jen Wilson

    My aunt did that to her kids, too. I didn’t think much of it when I was witnessing it at 10, but goodness, damaging, much?!

  • Lala

    Yes. I now have an 11-mo old who can walk, and carefully climb onto and *off* the couch. But only if she can see the remote control, because that is her prey. Once caught, she presses the buttons to make it light up, and lightly chews on it until we can wrest it from her grip.
    She can’t sleep in a crib anymore due to her climbing prowess, so we have resorted to a pack’n'play that is devoid of toys. Why no toys? Because she will stack them in the corner and use them to escape. She does get a stuffed monkey, but not anything that could be used as a means of escape.
    What about baby gates? Well, we had to try three different models until we found one that is basically a plain sheet of plexiglass with no toe or finger-holds. She can still grab the top and hoist herself up, but not over the gate–so we’re safe for a little longer. She has figured out that she can drag a toy over and climb up the toy though…so toy usage near the gates must be closely monitored.
    I really had no idea that infants were this inventive, or remotely this intelligent–I thought that came later.
    Princess TinyMonkey started crawling at 6 months, so you may have a few months leeway…but I wouldn’t count on it! Tiny humans are wily little creatures, and two of them together sounds like 4x the trouble.
    Best of luck!