Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Right before our finale Lamaze class a few weeks ago, my wife and I stopped by Walgreens to kill some time since we had arrived a little too early. While walking through the pet aisle, a sock monkey pet bed caught my eye. Immediately it occurred to me that this could potentially make the perfect nap station for a baby. But it was too soon- our baby hadn’t even been born yet and I had to know that it wasn’t a crazy idea first. He’s here now though.
And sure enough, the time of day that Baby Jack sleeps the hardest starts about an hour before I get home from work, during dinner, and at least an hour afterwards. So while my wife and I eat dinner and catch up, we have been wrapping him up in a blanket and placing him safely on the couch while he was dreams about puppies. After seeing that this was a new routine, my thoughts returned to the sock monkey pet bed (or “baby nap station”). Therefore, I knew what Jack’s Christmas gift from me would be.
I wondered what my wife would think when I came home last Monday night with a sock monkey pet bed in my hands. But when I explained why I had paid 13 bucks for a pet bed though we don’t have any pets, her immediate response was, “Well, let’s try it out.” Needless to say, Baby Jack loves his sock monkey nap station. While we do put him in it during dinner, it also is great because it is virtually weightless so we can easily carry him around the house while he’s asleep- anytime of day.
So my question is…why hasn’t someone thought of this sooner? If only I could make millions off this idea- but the product already exists. So I’ll have to settle for being the guy who started the trend of using a pet bed as a portable nap station for their baby. Though it is pretty clearly documented here that I invented the “portable baby nap station”- so when I see an infomercial for it in a few months, I’ll be calling that toll free number to get my cut of the profits. I can sleep well knowing that much.