The obvious candidate for a safe spot belowdecks is the kid’s bunk, and an escapeproof berth is vital once children start to walk, as it prevents roaming in the middle of the night when adults aren’t looking. We started by cutting off the legs of a folding crib, which then just fit into our forward bunk. I made a cover out of the same netting used on our lifelines to keep Elias from escaping, and all of the basic requirements from the kid’s perspective were satisfied — the crib was comfortable, it was safe and he could be left there unattended. From the parents’ perspective, we ran into problems in port, when we wanted to sleep in the double forward bunk. The crib needed to be set up forward for Elias to fall asleep, and then moved back to the saloon when it was time for the adults to go to sleep a few hours later. It’s hard to explain just how grumpy wrestling the crib would make me at the end of a long, wet day on deck. Suffice it to say, the system only lasted a week. I replaced the crib by creating two baby bunks out of netting, eye straps and carabiners — one up forward in the double, and one inside a lee cloth in the saloon. The baby bunks had enclosures that clipped together and made secure little cages that Elias couldn’t escape, but folded away to nothing when they weren’t in use.