Kids Nap in the Darndest Places

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, 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…

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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.

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.

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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.

About the writer

Alicia curates an ever-expanding selection of unorthodox snoozes at Naps Happen many of which have been featured online in publications such as the Huffington Post and Parade and on parenting websites, including Babble, Babycenter, and Nickmom. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Ginny Schultz Vandenburg 1 year ago

I have an entire album devoted to strange places my kids have fallen asleep. I think my favorite is this one: she had fallen asleep in her carseat. When I unbuckled her she stood up, turned around, and promptly fell back to sleep just like this.

Randi Freed 1 year ago

Its more like they just fall out where they’re standing/sitting than a nap. I guess their batteries run out and they’re recharging.

Andrea L. Menz 1 year ago

So jealous. Mine never naps spontaneously, except in the car.

Amy Beford Kirouac 1 year ago

Playing is very tiring

Ellen J 1 year ago

My oldest could nap anytime, anywhere (something I attribute to his NICU stay). Highlights include: on the stairs, standing up leaning against the radiator cover, through a haircut, through fireworks, & during the end of Vacation Bible School singalong.

Sandy McDermott 1 year ago

Car shopping cart after school. I didn’t notice until other shoppers were pointing and laughing LOL.

Nurul Akma 1 year ago

Urmm the pillow seems more comfortable!!

Tabatha Davis 1 year ago

I only liked this post because of the kiddo in the g diaper! Way to rep!

Gabriela Freire-Anggono 1 year ago

File under joys I will never experience, as organic napping to my son, means no napping lol
Courtney , what do you think?

Jennifer Trotier 1 year ago


Jennifer Trotier 1 year ago

In a jump jump lol

Veronica Mata 1 year ago

These pictures are so cute! I wish my daughter would have napped in random places. No matter how tired she was she would hold out and scream her head off until she was laying down in a bed. This made long trips or visits nearly impossible.

    Kaitlyn Rosa 1 year ago

    My son does the same thing :/

ca 1 year ago

I have pic of my son when he was about five sleeping while holding his Jimmy John’s sandwich with his head on the wrapper. He’s 12 now.

Anastasia Beaverhausen 1 year ago

My son would be found napping under the kitchen table…and on stairs…miss those days

Barbara Nicole Spray 1 year ago

That pic makes my neck hurt lol

Erika Fenner 1 year ago

You are already in the bed. JUST LAY DOWN! Lol

Stephanie 1 year ago

I WISH my son would do any of these, when a small, small infant my son would take naps but I swear in my 10 years of child care and 5 years as a step parent I have never seen a child.who would not just “play” themselves to sleep….then I had MY child……NEVER had he fallen asleep like that

Sandra Logan 1 year ago

Love my LiL Man❤

Lara DeFrisco 1 year ago

Faceplant… Between my knees. Lol

Catherine Ali-Gomes 1 year ago

My daughter never did this. She is almost five and when she napped she only did so in her bed. How i wished to get a pic like this of her! I have a 2 month old son now and am hoping that as he gets older, he passes out in random places so I can get a pic and a good laugh..

Aeriel Brenner 1 year ago

I have a bazillion more lol…they’re my favorite!

Aeriel Brenner 1 year ago

I put together a photo book of all my son’s sleeping positions…


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