Kids Nap in the Darndest Places


Just to be clear, I have absolutely nothing against naps that happen in beds. In fact, I’m a fan of pretty much any nap, wherever it should occur. Although I started out as a new mom by doing my darnedest to get my toddler to sleep in his bed on a regular schedule, I had to let that go when my second child came along. The struggle that ensued each day at naptime was so draining and created so much tension between us that I decided to let my two-year-old crash wherever he could. As it turned out, that was just about anywhere.

Now, as an enthusiastic member of what I call the “organic napping” movement (cough cough) I have two boys who choose their spots, nap heartily, and awake refreshed. So what if there’s drool on my couch cushion or a little schmutz on their cheeks? A rested child is a happy child and mommy is happy, too.

It turns out that kids all over the place are capable of a righteous choose the snooze.

For example, what’s not enticing about the warm boards of the deck on an early summer’s day? It’s, you, know, like that sauna you pay so much for at the gym. I call this picture “Ding Dong, the Deck’s a Bed.”

Naps Happen... on the deck

Sometimes, you just need a few winks after finishing a meal. Um, or practicing your harmonica.

Naps Happen... When practicing your harmonica.

If your child is really active in athletics, she may need to take a breather once in a while in order to stay on the ball.

Naps happen... on the carpet!
Or on the skateboard, as Wub Boo Mummy’s daughter manages to do so well.

Naps happen... on a skateboard

Sometimes acrobatics happen during sleep. Hey, who am I to judge?

Sometimes acrobatics happen during sleep.

Gardening and fresh air are also known to be excellent for the constitution, and very conducive to getting your booty sleep.

Gardening and fresh air are also known to be excellent for the constitution, and very conducive to getting your booty sleep.

We all know that shopping can really sap your energy. It’s crucial to take a break. Why wait until you get home? Or even in the car?

We all know that shopping can really sap your energy. It’s crucial to take a break. Why wait until you get home? Or even in the car?

Of course, there are softer places to land. Just make sure you choose the right end of the pillow for your cat nap.

Naps happen... on the cat

Or just steal that pillow straight from your dog.

Naps happen... on the dog bed

When in doubt, though, if the world just gets to be too much, there’s nothing wrong with going undercover(s) and curling up with some privacy.

Naps happen... in costume

When it comes to naps, there are no rules necessary. Naps happen. Don’t lose sleep over it.


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    Momo3 says

    I toss mine (kid #3) and let her cry until she passes out. Usually only takes a few min then I can sneak in a nap without worrying about her waking up and destroying the house before I hear her :-) score!!

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      Alice says

      Hilarious, Momo3! I read that, and I was like, Wow! I guess it’s true that by the time you have three kids, you really don’t worry about much! Just toss ‘em around a little and they’ll sleep like babies!

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    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes says

    bwahahahaha! These are genius!
    I have a lovely picture of the youngest napping in her high chair, bottle of milk still partly in her mouth and another of her hugging a sandwich fast asleep in her stroller.

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    hannah says

    Hilarious, though if I walked in to see my kids in any of these positions my first reaction would be to completely freak out, thinking they had 1. Fallen and broken their neck, or 2. Gotten into my liquor cabinet.

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    Susan says

    Mine was practically napping in the pool of his own 3rd birthday party. That’s how excited he had been all day beforehand, that he wore himself out. Luckily, he rallied for cake and presents but fell asleep in the 5 minute car-ride home.

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    Jenny says

    I love the one on the cat. Every time I see a child napping on something other than a bad, the Big Green Monster comes to perch in my soul. My kids both stopped napping young, real young, and to this day I have *still* never had the pleasure of scooping up either one of them in a heap of dead-weight sleep to carry their innocent, floppy bodies up to their beds from so much as a carseat, let alone our back deck from a nap on a rainboot!

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    Keesha says

    These are fabulous. I was a “get your patootie in the bed kind of mom” although when they couldn’t sleep, I’d put them in the jumperoo, and watch them jump themselves to sleep…sometimes they’d even do a few bounces as they were still out!

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    Myndee says

    Yes, my kids are fans of the spontaneous nap. My favorite was when my middle child fell asleep in the carseat with a mouth full of chicken nugget. He just…passed out mid bite I guess.

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