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PJ's that keep toddlers from climbing out of cribs.

The Problem

My two year old was climbing out of her crib in the middle of the night. Not only is this dangerous, it disrupts everybody's sleep. I had heard of crib tents for keeping toddlers in their cribs so I did some Googling to find the best price/option. What I found was recall information and stories too horrible to repeat here. Naturally crib tents were out of the question and there didn't seem to be another solution for keeping toddlers safe in their cribs at night.

The Solution

One night after putting her back in her crib I kept an eye on her though the video monitor. I noticed how she spread her legs apart to get one leg over the crib railing to begin her climb. I noticed she threw one leg over the side of the crib every time to get out and that's when I had the idea for Crib Pants. Crib Pants have a flexible cotton webbing in between the legs that allow her to run and play but keep her from spreading her legs far enough to escape her crib.

Girls Crib Pants
Girls Crib Pants
Boys Crib Pants
Boys Crib Pants

The Evolution

Crib Pants first started out as just that, pants. I found a great organic stretchable cotton fabric at Mood (Project Runway fans will know the Mood fabric store) and I worked with a tailor to split a pair of PJ pants apart and rebuild them with the stretchy fabric in between the legs. The pants worked for a couple of nights but eventually failed because they were loose and she was able to pull them up high enough which allowed her to spread her legs wide enough to get out of the crib. 

Too baggy
Too baggy

The next version of Crib Pants were tight PJ bottoms. 

Tighter and better but still not good enough.
Tighter and better but still not good enough.

These worked better than the loose PJ bottoms but eventually failed for the same reason. The next prototype of Crib Pants were onesie footie pajamas. These worked great and she has been safe in the crib ever since. 

Eureka! These worked great. Now I can sleep.
Eureka! These worked great. Now I can sleep.

The Plan

I found a great manufacturer in the garment district in Manhattan but they are commercial and don't do small runs of manufacturing. I will use the Kickstarter funds to secure a large enough run with the manufacturer to build the Crib Pants here in the U.S.A. Securing a manufacturer down the street from me in the U.S. is important from a patriotic point of view but more importantly from a quality control point of view. Working with an offshore manufacturer you have no control over materials, the workers and the final product. You hope what comes off of the container ship is what you were promised but it rarely is. Delivering a quality product is our number one focus and concern and we will be on site during the manufacturing to control the quality and output.

Fabric shopping in the Fashion District.
Fabric shopping in the Fashion District.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk to delivering the Crib Pants on time is if my manufacturer bumps me for a huge client and order. I'm anticipating a small enough run where even if we do get bumped the manufacturing run won't be too large that we get thrown to the end of the queue and it will be small enough that will allow us to be squeezed in between his large clients. At least that's what I've been told by the manufacturer.

The other risk is different for every toddler in a pair of Crib Pants. At some point your toddler will be strong enough and determined enough to lift himself out of the crib using upper body strength alone. Hopefully by then the Crib Pants will have taught the toddler not to try to climb out and they stay in their cribs at night without trying to escape. Currently my daughter has given up trying to escape the crib when I have her in Crib Pants but I know that won't last forever. Every night that I get to sleep soundly though the night is worth a million dollar pair of Crib Pants.

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