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Name: BlakesMom
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My soon to be 3 year old son is outgrowing his crib which has a crib tent attached. We purchased the tent about a year ago because we could not keep in in his bed over night. We are at a loss of what type of enclosure we can add to a toddler bed or twin bed that is sturdy enought to withold him pushing and pulling on it. I 'googled' and found plenty of play-type bed tents , but they seem to be just for decor or play.....not to actually create a safe, confined space. Anyone else find a solution to this problem?
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Name: BlakesMom | Date: Feb 7th, 2008 5:32 AM
You are kidding me........ Has noone else ever had to deal with this issue? After, checking and rechecking for a response and not having a single one, I feel as if no other child with autism has had issues with sleeping at night and staying in their bed. I find that hard to believe. I am a good parent........and love my son. I am not looking to imprison him......just offer an environment he will be safe in....one which will allow my husband and I some rest in order to recharge ourselves for whatever battles with him the next day might bring. He does not at all mind the tent we have on his crib and sleeps through the night........however, if an escape is available, he acts upon it and it territys me thinking what could happen when the day comes that he figures out how to get out of the house. I am sorry if I sound rude..........I don't mean to be. I am just a desparate mother looking for some ideas as he is growing every day and the time in his safe zone (his crib) is limited.
Sincerely, Cindy 

Name: sross844 | Date: May 9th, 2008 9:48 PM
Hello, I am having the same problem. We took Landon out of his crib at the age of 2 because he starting climbing/falling out of it and not understanding the whole you'll bump your head scenario. We put him into a toddler bed which he absolutely loved in the beginning. When he came home from being gone he would run and get into it and pull the covers up and just lay there and he pretty much stayed in it the whole night. Then he outgrew it really fast. We now have him in a queen sized bed just sitting on the floor with a box spring so that if he falls he won't have far to fall but I still put pillows and blankets down because of the hardwoods. But the problem that we are having is he always wants to crawl under the fitted sheet and lay there with all the covers on top of him. I think he feels safe under there but I am afraid that he will suffocate himself. People do not understand that children on the spectrum like to be closed in for some reason, it is there sanctuary. So I too am looking for a tent that is sturdy just for him to have as his safe haven.

I had read somewhere a long time ago about someone having a large crib like bed made for their older child (4-5) to sleep in not only for his safety but because it was the only way the child would go to bed. Hmm maybe its something we should invent.

Good Luck with your search. 

Name: mom2-3monkeys | Date: Jun 16th, 2008 11:23 PM
hello. I have 3 kids, and my youngest is now 19 months old. We decided just today to switch him over to a toddler bed, and I know he isnt going to want to stay in it. I have done like you, and googled til my fingers hurts. BUT i just found some tents at target that might actually work. They fit onto a mattress, twin size I believe,not sure about toddler though. They are called bed tents. Just go to target.com and do a search for bed tents and they pop right up. Hope this will help you some. Im still on my journey to finding something for a toddler bed. Good Luck... 

Name: Jimmys Mom | Date: Jun 24th, 2008 4:13 AM
Have you thought about using a Posey Bed? You can find information at www.poseybed.com I know that they are costly but they are used on a regular basis for children with several medical needs. I know several people that have used them for their children with autism.
I wish you the best of luck. 

Name: Brendansmom | Date: Jun 25th, 2008 12:36 AM
I have heard of special beds that open and close like a wardrobe and lock from the outside. I have seen one posted on a local Craigslist ad but do not know the name nor have I seen a photo. Perhaps you should be Googling for a specialty bed instead of an attachment for a toddler bed. 

Name: annie-o | Date: Jul 4th, 2008 2:15 PM
Blakesmom, This may sound too simple but to keep our 30 month old in his bed we took anyting he could hurt himself on out of the room and installed a latch to the outside door. Yes, we lock our son in his room! I hated it at first but it is much better than falling our of the crib as is youth bed sits a few inches from the floor. After a few nights he welcomed his bed and we have had very little trouble keeping him in. The latch is jsut a hook and eye so it can be opened by anyone quickly if needed. Hope this helps, Ann 

Name: Libster | Date: Jul 9th, 2008 8:13 PM
I may have the solution!
I am in the same boat with mt 4 yr. old son who is ASD. If I had a safety tent for a twin size bed would you be interested? It's similar to the one for a baby crib only bigger. If anyone is interested please email me at [email protected] Thanks! 

Name: Libster | Date: Aug 9th, 2009 2:53 PM
Hi everyone! About a year ago I had a discussion with many of you about finding a bed for autistic children to keep them from roaming the house at night or literally destroying their room.

Since there was nothing available at the time for our son, who is diagnosed with ASD, I decided to do something about it. I designed a bed tent where you simply drop a twin sized mattress inside. The bed tent is sturdy design with safety straps to keep from tipping! Its mobile and can easily be taken anywhere. The bed tent has 3 points of access so its easy to get to your child or change the sheets. It does not have any zippers inside and all poles are covered.

Weve tested several prototypes over the last year and have finally released the Nickel Bed Tent. Our son, Nick (who its named after) loves his bed tent and now sleeps very well throughout the night. My husband and I can now finally get some sleep at night and most of all, feel a little more secure knowing hes much safer in the bed tent.

Finally, we designed this with parents of special needs children in mind. We made it very affordable at only $124.99. We know first hand how tight money can be raising a special needs child.

Now, with our homegrown company, Ready, Set, Bloom, LLC., our hope is to help special needs children and their parents/families rest comfortably and peacefully throughout the night using our bed tent.

Please check out our website, www.myreadysetbloom.com for more information and to order. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Libby McLain
Owner - Ready, Set, Bloom, LLC.
[email protected] 

Name: zandersmom99 | Date: Oct 28th, 2009 3:12 PM
I am in the same situation as you. My three year old Autistic son is growing out of his crib and crib tent, so I am looking fro a tent I can attach to a twin/full matress to keep my child in bed at night have you found any? I havn't. 

Name: Misty | Date: Nov 23rd, 2010 9:35 PM
Hi, just found this today by googling " bed tents for autistic children." Because i had heard from a bed tent company that they get tons of questions about containing autistic children. I'm getting one and my sons only 2 and he doesn't have autism but he is a rowdy little man.
Go to www.myreadysetbloom.com

hope this helps,


Name: MistyKiss | Date: Nov 23rd, 2010 9:37 PM
sorry just joined website and realized that this post was old:( I wish i would have been able to help you earlier.


Name: Faith_Hope_Love | Date: Dec 12th, 2010 8:30 PM
Check into a Canopy Bed. We first saw them in the hospital and since had the insurance company approve for us to have one for use at home. It was very difficult to get it approved, we had to have a prescription, letter of medical necessity and fight like crazy for it but it was worth it. I don't know what we would do without it, it is a life saver (litterally) 

Name: becca2911 | Date: Dec 26th, 2011 7:27 PM

I am there with all of you. I have a 3 yr old who was diagnosed as being on the Spectrum a year ago. My solution for getting him to sleep because God knows I needed rest myself, was baby gates. I took the door off his room. I placed an Xtra Tall Gate in the doorway. I bought it on amazon. It was black and close to 4 ft tall. When he started climbing over that one I took my old baby gate, which was an actual gate that swung open. I placed that one upside down at the top of his door. So its like two separate gates which make a nice doorway. He has a twin bed and a few toys and thats it. He climbs on all the furniture so we took it all out. We also placed a small flat screen tv/dvd combo on the wall. So when I am ready for bed I place him in there turn on a movie and go to sleep. I also use this when I need to clean or he is getting too wild and throwing everything. Its a safe place for him to go.

I need to find a tent as well because he is now pulling the sheet off his bed crawling under his blankets or in some cases taking the mattress off his bed completely. I fixed the mattress problem by using bungee cords to secure his mattress to the frame.

Since I placed the two gates in his door he began to learn he didnt want to climb over. So now I am able to keep the top gate open. He sometimes closes it himself. He also uses the bottom gate to climb up and turn his light on and off. So the gates give us sanity.

Good Luck

Name: alfies mummy | Date: Jan 16th, 2012 12:11 PM
in the uk theres something called a safe space?? i dont know if this is any help if you go you tube and type in safe space you will see what i mean its not so much a tent but a way 2 make a bedroom safe i hope this helps 

Name: alfies mummy | Date: Jan 19th, 2012 12:12 PM
in the uk wehave something called a safe space it you on to you tube you have see what they have 2 offer and find out if they have anything to help you 

Name: dherbert | Date: Jan 22nd, 2012 4:50 PM
My situation is a little different. I have a small grandson who has been walking since 9 months. He is now 16 months and loves to climb things. We have a nice place with limited space and would like to get a bunkbed for the 16 month old and his 4 year old brother. His mother is afraid that he will climb into the upper bunk, stand on the bed and jump up and down like his brother. On our beds, he giggles when he loses his balance and falls to the bed. I tend to grab the back of his pants just in case he jumps right off the bed. He doesn't have fear or the wide-ranged awareness of potential danger yet, although he still loses his balance when he walks or runs. Bed railings look short, unsturdy, and does not cover the sides of the beds from head to toe. The should at least be adjustable. Even if that were enough, he sleeps wild and I could see his small body shifting headfirst onto the floor though the un-railed ends of the bed. I told my young daughter that maybe we can teach him not to go to the top of the bunk or stand on the bed. So far we haven't had any luck with that. I was thinking that if the side railing was as tall as the crib's there would be no problem. Why not a tent? I am afraid that at tent is not secure and that he will be able to stand but pull the tent down along with himself when he falls...still falling to the floor. I know that there must be other parents out there that have very boisterous children. To let you know how bad it is: To our surprise he has climbed from the kitchen table and into his high chair by himself one day. He is still only a toddler. It only takes a few seconds and we needs some help. I don't understand why the child furniture industry hasn't thought of this yet. If I had the resources, I'd create it myself. I don't care who does it...I just want to get m hands on a bunkbead with an upper bunk that has tall railings and side stair railings! 

Name: dherbert | Date: Jan 22nd, 2012 4:57 PM
We have thought about getting a trundle but my daughter is afraid that the 4 year old will forget that the 16 month old is in the bottom bed and fall on him (or stand on him). She also thought that the lower bed was still too high off the floor. I don't know how high they are, but we are going to see some trundles today. Maybe if we get the trundle we can get the inadequate side railings for the 4 year old so that he doesn't step on his little brother. I am working this out in my mind as I type. I wonder if those rails work for trundles. 

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