My toddler’s sleeping habits are almost more quizzical than his newborn/infant sleeping habits. The sleep deprivation that goes along with parenting is enough to drive people insane, and to seek help in any form whatsoever. The internet is pored-over, sleep books are purchased in spades, and specialists are hired to “teach” or “train” kids to sleep.
It’s really frustrating for parents who have kids that don’t sleep well, both at night and for naps, and often, these books and sources can make us feel like failures as parents.
Like many parents, I struggle to get my kids down for a nap in the afternoon. Words from specialists echo in my ears about how naps don’t count unless your kid sleeps flat on a bed or crib. Other sleep isn’t deep enough. That guilt eats at me on days when my kids refuse to nap or only nap in the car or stroller.
One mom decided she wasn’t going to fight her toddlers anymore, so she let her kids tire themselves out and sleep wherever they were. No bed nap required.
The result? Well-rested children, no stress on her, and a freaking hilarious blog full of photos of where and how the kids end up sleeping.
So, take that, sleep books! Not all kids need a dark room, with a noise machine or even a bed or a crib to have a good nap. I applaud Alicia and I’m so glad I discovered her blog through a mutual friend. Check out some of the napportunities here.
Advanced yoga pose 1 of 14I want that frog.Note the ball position.
I prefer a firm mattress, myself 2 of 14But this is ridiculous.
Clearly, this guy knows what he likes.
More yoga meditation. 3 of 14I wish I could do that.
Patanjali would be proud.
It’s cool. I’m just resting my eyes between sips. 4 of 14It's just economical to eat and sleep in the same place.
Who needs a recliner?
Don’t judge, he’s sleeping, okay!! 5 of 14I really need to know if this kid ends up as a yogi.
It actually looks like his back feels good this way.
She swears he’s asleep 6 of 14You'll have to trust her.
What the heck was happening here?
Making art is exhausting. 7 of 14I have recollections of some good piano bench naps as a kid. Just sayin.'
Find out the story behind this musician's crash.
Nothing good on T.V. 8 of 14I might need to rethink my own television policy.
He was really watching the game.
Laundry belongs on the floor. 9 of 14Let no basket go unturned.
This coat is so cooooozy 10 of 14Who'd want to take it off?
See why he was over it.
My toddler is often in this position 11 of 14Unfortunately, he never falls asleep this way.
See what he was looking for...
He seems to like a little weight 12 of 14At least he's outside the box.
Even his mom was speechless this time.
Under a mountain of puppies 13 of 14I can only guess he was playing some kind of game and then fell asleep in the middle.
I love this so much.
The sunny spot 14 of 14We all want to be warm at naptime.
I think he's pretending to be a cat.
Incidentally, there are tons of “guest-nappers” —obviously, her kids aren’t the only ones!
All photos courtesy of Naps Happen.