Somewhere around two and a half, both Cameron and Gavin moved into a big boy bed. I always dreaded that because it meant being up in the middle of the night again with a roaming child, but back then I had to do it because of another impending arrival due that needed the precious crib space. With Mason I knew things would be different. He could stay in that crib till he was 5 for all I cared! It would keep him safe and contained until I was ready to take things to the next step. Well, Mason had a plan of his own which involved hauling his jolly belly up and over the side of his wooden fortress and enjoying his freedom whenever he pleased. He crawled out once a couple of months ago, but it seemed like a one time deal and Jeremy and I breathed a deep sigh of relief, however, the joy was short lived when Friday night I put him to bed and soon heard the door opening to his room. I put him back in that bed 10 times that night, and finally he relented. The next day he crawled out of his pack and play at a friends house during his nap and that night he woke up at 4 am, inviting himself into our room. The next day was the same, he came out during his nap and last night he was up three times in the wee hours, finally Jeremy gave in and moved his pillow onto the floor of Mason's room. Neither of us got much sleep and it was like having a newborn all over again. I would lay in bed a tense ball just waiting to hear the not so welcome pitter-patter of little feet. I relish my sleep and so I knew this meant war. While in my state of non sleep this morning I schemed a wonderful scheme. The pack and play didn't make a difference, he could climb out of that too, but I remembered that our pack and play came with a forgotten and once used tent-like canopy that could cover the top and keep out the sun. Surely, this would keep Mason from escaping. After searching high and low I found the tent and assembled the cage ready for the afternoon nap. It did not last but two minutes... Genius as the tent idea was for the sun, it wasn't very useful at keeping a nearly two year old in. No worries, I had more up my sleeve. After our nap time battle today, I came up with a new tactic to try. Our crib has three levels you can adjust the mattress to. We have only ever used the bottom one, but I wondered what would happen if I took this board out altogether? The mattress was just high enough that there was no gap at the bottom and it didn't slide around at all! I am calling this a success even though I have not tried it with said child yet. Tonight is the big test and please cross your fingers that all goes well. It doesn't look too pretty but if it serves its purpose I don't really care. He may have won the battle, but I shall win the war!