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Day #22: Pack n Play Persistance
I’ve reported that my 20-month-old can climb out of his pack n play. The pack n play that I need him to take naps in at least twice a week. The pack n play that I need him to sleep in when we travel to relative’s house. Yes, it also means that he’s likely to master climbing out of his crib soon, but that discovery wouldn’t be as big of a deal as the play n pack escape.
You see, I use the pack n play when I need him to sleep in a room that is not toddler friendly. At my sister’s house, he sleeps in the pack n play in the middle of a 7-year-old boys’ room. A room filled with big boy toys like legos. That are not very well respected by my toddler. So the pack n play isn’t really a nice place to sleep as much as a boundary-provider.
At home, if he climbed out of it, no big deal. I don’t mind him sleeping on the floor. But that won’t be what he’d choose to do at my sister’s house. Or my mom’s house. Or my in-laws house. At those places, he’d choose to break Legos. Or pull down picture frames. Or rip pages of books.
So, even at home, we’ve been having him nap and sleep at night in the pack n play. Friday naptime had 20 “putting him back into the pack n play events”. Friday night had 20. Saturday nap time had about 20. Saturday bed time had 0! So, either we’re getting the point across OR it’s that he was oh so very tired when we put him to bed Saturday that did the trick. It also could be the fact that Jeff put him to be bed (and not me) that was the deciding factor. Jeff’s much better at this boundary-defining thing than I am.