Special Nap Bed
When our second son was born and ready to move from a pack and play in our room to a crib, we moved our two year old to a “big boy bed”. We braced ourselves for nights full of putting him back in his bed or him waking up when the baby cried. To our surprise, we encountered none of that. Each night we went through our bedtime routine, put him to bed, and didn’t have to put him back once. Then came the first at-home naptime. There was crying, kicking, getting out of bed – utter mayhem. I tried the Cry It Out Method that we never had to do for night time sleeping, but that didn’t work. Once during a particularly trying nap time, I went up to check on him only to find he had eaten soap that was hiding in the back of a drawer. We eventually resorted to driving somewhere out of our way each Saturday and Sunday, just to sneak in a 30 minute nap. We once drove to a Target half an hour from our house (when there is another one about a mile from where we live!). That’s not very green. Then, one rainy Sunday afternoon, I created the Special Nap Bed. This bed is a magical place in the middle of my son’s bedroom. It contains a warm blanket, cozy pillow, and his well-loved Mr. Froggy. Each weekend since, when we ask if he’d like to go get in his special nap bed, he gleefully points to the stairs and practically begs us to take a nap (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but the process is much better than it was). He’s been known to sleep for 2 hours in the special nap bed giving us a much needed break and him a much needed rest. And the best thing, the special nap bed can even travel to Grandma’s house.