The votes have been tabulated in the “Get Out of My Bed” contest and the winner is the lucky (or unlucky) mom above. Her name is Nicole and you can find her wearing glasses at the bottom right of the photo.
Look closer. Now you see her?
The other half of Nicole’s face will be getting its very own Queen or King-sized mattress from Serta complete with an adjustable foundation. That’s a lot of room for one eyeball and a nostril! Or maybe Nicole can put her new mattress on the other side of the room, erect a fence around it and hang a sign saying “MOMS ONLY – ALL OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS KEEP OUT”.
It’s up to her!
As for everybody else who can’t sleep in their own beds at night, I’ve got some other solutions for you. It’s 30 ways to sneak in a nap during the day!
NAPS????!!!!! That’s hilarious!!!!
I know. You are laughing at my optimism.
But, over 350 parents contributed nap sneaking ideas (beyond just plopping your kids in front of the television) and some of them seem like they actually might work!
1. THE PARKING LOT SNOOZE
“I’m not above an evening nap in the van in the Walmart parking lot while I’m on a grocery escape, I mean trip.” – Amy R
2. THE ICE QUEEN CATNAP
“We play Frozen. I get to be Elsa and lie down in bed. Anna says ‘Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!’ And I say ‘Go away, Anna!’ and then she goes away and plays by herself.” – Emilie R
3. THE ANNA COMA
“We play Frozen. I’m Anna and my four-year-old is Elsa. She hits me with her ice powers and I pass out. Then I’ve got a good ten minutes of unconsciousness while the trolls try to revive me.” – Julie K
4. THE BODY MAP NAP
“We play ‘road map’ which means I lie on the floor and take a nap as my kids run cars and trucks all over me.” – Elizabeth P
5. THE CRAPPER NAPPER
“I claim I have tummy troubles and sneak a pillow into the bathroom. Tub napping is no longer exclusive to wasted college kids!!!” – Keisha A
6. THE DRIVEWAY DOZE
“If the kids fall asleep in the car on the way home from errands, I pull into the driveway and doze off for a few before I attempt ‘the transfer’.” – Hollie T
7. THE CHORE TIME DISAPPEARING ACT
“I mention that I am doing a chore (a really boring one like organizing the closet) and say I could use some help. They will purposely avoid me at all costs for at least 30 minutes.” – Alicia B
8. THE OFFICE POTTY POWER NAP
“I’ve gone to work, put the potty seat down, sat with my hands holding my head, elbows to knees, and slept until my legs went to sleep… about a 15 minute power nap. Then I flush the toilet so the boss just thinks there was serious business going on.” – Angie S
9. THE ROCK-A-BYE BABY
“We play ‘babies’. She is the mom, I am the baby. She puts me to bed and I stay there.” – Kristen O
10. THE MOMMY MOUNTAIN
“I announce that we are playing ‘Pile Things on Mommy’ and then lie very still while they pile things on top of me.” – Lindsay S
11. THE YMCA “WORKOUT”
“The children play in the ‘almost free child’s class’ and I go take a nap in the locker room!!!” – Carolyn W
12. THE MOVIE TIME TRANCE
“I close the curtains, turn out the lights and put on a movie. Instant theater! I can’t help it if I fall asleep at the movies.” – Stephanie M
13. THE KING OF THE JUNGLE NAP
“We play Lion King. I’m Mufasa which means I get to play dead while Simba tries and fails to wake me up.” – Kelly H
14. THE SITTER SLUMBER
“I tell my oldest son (who is 10) that I’m hiring him for an hour to babysit his brothers (8 and 6 years). Then I give him $5 after my hour nap on the sofa! He loves feeling like he’s responsible enough to mind his bros, and they love feeling like they’re having a mom-free adventure, even though I’m just in the other room sleeping.” – Megan A
15. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY SIESTA
“My sweet nephew pretends to fight dragons and other beasts while I sleep. As sleeping beauty. I’m great at it.” – Anna S
16. THE PILLOW PARTY
“I say, ‘Let’s go play on mommy’s bed!’ Then mommy curls up and closes her eyes while toddler jumps, plays and rearranges pillows and such.” – Kristen M
17. THE CONFERENCE CALL COMA
“I say I have one last conference call at the end of the day. Obviously, I need to take that call privately in the bedroom.” – Devin D
18. THE BACK RUB COMPETITION
“I tell my son that his brother is better at giving back rubs than he is. Then I close my eyes and enjoy the competition.” – Emily K
19. THE GRAMMY SCAM
“I send them next door to Grandmas so I can ‘clean the house’.” – Pamela H
20. THE NINJA TURTLE BLACKOUT
“There’s a ’20 minute rule’ that states you must stay on the floor after being Ninja Turtle nun-chucked to ‘death’ before you can revive.” – Anita R
21. THE HIBERNATION HOAX
“I invented a game called ‘Mr Bear, are you awake?’ based on a book the kids love. Everyone lays down except the one who is ‘it’. The ‘it’ person patrols to try to catch anyone moving. The kids aren’t allowed to touch anyone but can get up right in your face and shout ‘Mr. Bear, are you awake??!’ This makes the other kids giggle and move… so that person becomes ‘it.’ But I know how to stay amazingly still and can catch a 10 minute nap this way.” – Jennie H
22. SERENITY NOW!
“I call it the ‘Drive of Serenity’. The rules are no talking and you must look out your window at nature. The kids will always fall asleep and then I’ll pull into the nearest parking lot and recline the seat so momma can join them!” – Jen D
23. THE SNOOZING PATIENT
“We play doctor where I’m the patient, but I find ‘hospital’ works even better. We get all the quilts from our Princess and the Pea toy set and line them up like hospital beds. Then we set up stuffed animals on them. I get to snooze as one of the patients while the toddler does her rounds.” – Menai N
24. HUBBY’S LITTLE HELPERS
“My favorite way to sneak in a nap is to wait till the hubby is getting ready to leave on an errand, then innocently ask the kids if they want to go. They always do and that point dad has to say yes which means nap time for mom!” – Kallie E
25. FORTY WINKS FOR FOR 25 CENTS
“I pay them a quarter for every five minutes of massage. They are busy massaging my back, counting to 60 over and over, and running to the change bin to grab their quarters. I get at least a 20 minute nap/rest!” – Betsy R
26. HIDE IN THE BED
“I play hide and seek and find a REALLY GOOD hiding spot. The best spot is underneath the covers in bed!” – Danielle
27. THE SALON SNOOZE
“I lie face down on the floor and have the girls play ‘salon’ with my hair.” – Gianna D
28. THE SLEEPY SPA
“I say I need a manicure and a pedicure and suggest to my 7 year-old that we play SPA. We climb on my bed, I lie down and close my eyes while she paints my toes and fingers and sometimes the bedding. Well worth it.”
29. THE FAKE CAMPING TRIP
“I build a fort, and then we play camping. If you have sleeping bags, it’s even better.” – Elizabeth K
30. THE FAUX NURSING NAP
“I nurse my son in his room. He almost always falls asleep instantly, so I place him in the crib while I nap in the rocker. My husband has no idea! He thinks I’m nursing the newborn the whole time while he takes care of our toddler.” – Rachelle W
I hope these ideas serve you well. But proceed with caution or else you might have an “Andrea M Situation” on your hands.
“I once fell asleep on the couch while I was pregnant with my second child. I woke up to my three-year-old cutting my hair.” – Andrea M
Huge thanks to Serta for sponsoring this contest and giving out four amazing prizes.
The Serta iComfort mattress ranges from extra-firm to luxuriously plush and features Serta’s latest dual-action gel memory foam technology. The iSeries Hybrid Sleep System combines their Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam with individually wrapped coil innerspring. The Serta adjustable foundation has lumbar support, 90-degree head tilt support and massage options, as well as some newer features like wireless motion-sensitive backlit remote, Bluetooth Connectivity, a wireless speaker system, USB power ports and convenient lighting.
Second and third place in the photo contest were “when your kids are too old to be sleeping in your bed” and “when your kids sleep in the dreaded t-shape” and they will both receive the Serta prize package below.
One prize package will also go out to my pick for the most clever nap idea, which I’m giving to Rachelle and her “faux nursing nap”.
Thanks to everyone for entering.