Losing Sleep Over Where My Son Will Sleep (Part 1)

23 months.

We’re not a family of beach bums. We’re the opposite; whatever the opposite of a beach bum is.

In other words, we like to go where the crowds aren’t and where the weather isn’t very hot.

Fortunately, my wife’s family is in Sacramento; which gives us a good and necessary reason to travel out there once a year.

This weekend, that’s where we will be flying. With Jack’s 2nd birthday coming up on November 16th, this is the last time we can take advantage of him getting to fly for free.

No doubt about it, I’m very excited to take a week off from work and travel to one of my favorite spots in America.

But of course, I’m looking at this from a realistic perspective. A “vacation” with a nearly 2-year-old where we’re flying cross-country is not exactly a vacation for me.

I don’t mind being a glorified version of a stage hand while my wife catches up with her family and gets to see Jack, after over a year since last time.

Even the plane ride with Jack doesn’t intimidate me much. After all, I survived it last year when he was much more high maintenance.

The only thing that worries me is where he will sleep. It’s a really big deal to me.

If he doesn’t get good, consistent nights of sleep while we’re out there, I will turn into the Incredible Hulk.

(Not the updated Avengers movie version, but the 1978 Lou Ferrigno TV show.)

I don’t like me when I’m angry. When Jack doesn’t sleep well, neither do I; then I turn into a monster.

Jack still sleeps in his crib and he has outgrown his Pack N Play.

So one option is to put up some safety rails alongside a twin bed once we get there.

Another option is to buy a cheap or used Pack N Play as soon as we arrive, but A) I don’t want to have to worry about that after getting off the plane and B) I don’t want to spend money on something I may not be able to bring back home.

The best case scenario is we find a friend or family member who has a Pack N Play that we can borrow while we’re there, but no luck on that so far.

I guess this dilemma took the back burner in the midst of planning not only the trip out there but also Jack’s birthday party for that side of the family.

But here we are, days away from leaving, and I don’t have closure with this.

To dissect why this causes so much turmoil and unsettledness for me, it is because it’s my job to get Jack to sleep for all his naps and bedtimes. That’s one of the things I do! I’m very proud of that skill.

Without me getting him to sleep, it’s a world suspended in chaos. Bad things, man.

Getting Jack to sleep is something I’m an expert on. But without the appropriate place for him to fall asleep, I can’t work my magic.

The world is coming to an end.

To be continued…


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  1. by Alisha Romesha

    On October 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I understand where you are coming from. I had the same dilemma when I recently traveled to Texas. I did not want my newborn sleeping with me. Luckily, we were able to borrow a pack n play. Good luck and I hope you don’t stress about it too much!

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  3. by Jenn

    On October 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Google Sacramento Baby Gear Rental. We had the same issue when we flew from NY to Vegas. My daughter had just turned 2 and was too big for a pack n play but still needed a crib to keep her “contained” at night. We rented a crib! It was perfect, inexpensive and worked out great. Good luck!

  4. by Amy

    On October 24, 2012 at 6:24 am

    A blanket or some towels rolled up like snakes and secured underneath the sheet at the outer edge(s) of the mattress act like a guard rail/bumper but are a lot easier and free.

  5. by Jane

    On October 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

    If at all possible, maybe you can just put the mattress on the floor, so that even Jack falls it won’t be a big deal.

  6. by Sara

    On October 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I understand completely! Sleep (and good sleep arrangements) are critical to survival. I second the crib rental suggestion. Even better, if you can borrow one, but well worth the money for rental as far as I’m concerned.

  7. by Rachel

    On October 30, 2012 at 1:49 am

    About to have to same problem. My worry about mattresses or the floor, is now there is the freedom she is not used to, of being able to get up and do other things. I know I will have to teach her this, but thought or home would be the best place, not a strange enviroment. I am waiting to hear how it goes.