Nap Mat H-E-Double-L - Baby Steps in High Heels

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nap Mat H-E-Double-L

Seriously, people, I’m living in Nap Mat Hell.

Who knew there were so many options?!

Nope, I’m not just talking about pretty princess patterns versus the plain jane ones. I’m talking about different levels of thickness. And size/width/length. And whether they can roll up. And whether they have a cover blanket attached. And. And. And.


Okay, let me backtrack a bit …

I know I haven’t been great on updating y’all regarding our day care situation, but the good news is that we’re moving to a new one at the end of the month!

[Pause while I squeal with delight and do a little happy dance.]

We’re really looking forward to moving to this new day care. It was our top choice OVER. A. YEAR. AGO … when we initially started looking into child care.

It’s closer to home, a convenience that is a major plus, but definitely not our deciding factor. This is a great facility, and we’ve heard that most kids go there from birth until they reach the age limit (which is 10 or 12, I think). They’re also a “learning center” and not just a day care. AND! And, their director was just named some super high honor in our town because she’s basically a saint.

Okay, so I’m obviously happy about that. [Yes, I’m doing the happy dance again.]

However – and we would have had to deal with this no matter where Baby went to “school” (because apparently this is just what they do at this age, but that’s just not the point) – we are now dealing with nap mats.

No cribs. No pack-n-plays. Just a nap mat.

Uh huh. Well, good luck to them. If they can make my never-sits-still-or-stays-in-one-spot-or-even-really-takes-a-nap child to sleep on the floor, more power to them!

My problem is finding a dang nap mat.

One with these specifications: something that can be rolled or folded, hung on a hook on the wall, and not too large.

Sound easy, right?

If you think so, then I’m guessing you never did a Google or Amazon search for nap mat.

Wow! I had no idea that this search would literally consume precious moments of my life. Moments that I will never get back.

These are the things they don’t tell you about before you become a parent. That one day you’re a witty, professional, successful businesswoman who can make smart snap decisions that affect budgets, revenue, etc. The next minute, you’re freaking out because you don’t know what bleepin’ nap mat to order for your one-year old …

Because just when you find the perfect pattern with the appropriate thickness, it ends up either being crazy expensive or too big. Or it gets bad reviews. And all the ones with good reviews are so brightly colored you’re not sure how your child will ever go to sleep on them. (Really, a glow in the dark nap mat? As if Baby isn’t already distracted enough.)

Seriously, I am overwhelmed.

These are the thoughts that are consuming my life right now, a fact that I find both intriguing and … well, pathetic.



  1. Ahhh... the joys of motherhood - those decisions that seem like they should be so easy, but take up 5 x the amount of time that they should!

    Good luck deciding!

  2. I'd go with one that has good reviews. And don't under estimate the power a day care provider has when it comes to getting kids to nap :D

  3. My youngest is 5. I have never heard of a nap mat before you mentioned it. I seriously think there are marketing people out there thinking these things up :-)

    Good luck. Glad I am past that ... Although I spent two hours trying to find the right blankie to send to preschool, so I do feel your pain...

  4. Glad to hear that Baby will be moving to a new daycare! You sound happy. :)

    Just a nap mat? Um, yeah, good luck to them. Have you checked on CSN? I remember looking there for kindergarten nap mats.

  5. A NAP MAT for a child under one?! HAHA! I wonder if they actually get kids this young to nap on them. I can't even get Marin to nap in the car during daytime...a NAP MAT. That would be frightening. At least they teach her to do this...right?

  6. Nikki - I'm at a loss myself, but that's what they tell me. It's definitely their responsibility to tranistion her to do this, though somebody did suggest that I put the nap mat in her crib during weekend nap times (just so it's not completely foreign to her the first time she tries it). I don't know how they do it, but I hear that it works ... something about babies watching other babies and wanting to do the same thing. Makes me wonder if it wouldn't just be easier to have 9 babies over every Saturday afternoon for nap time???

  7. Have you looked on etsy? Maybe a homemade one would be better...I've never googled this, so I have no idea, but I have some seen some neat ones out there from hand made people! :)

    Anyhow, I hope it goes great! I am sure it will! :) But I'm with you...a glow in the dark nap mat???? How crazy! :)

  8. NAP MAT SUCCESS! Thanks, Brandi, for suggesting Etsy. We ordered a super cute pink/brown cheetah one. It's a little more expensive than I wanted it to be, but I'm thinking it will be her birthday present!

  9. Aww, the list never ends does it? Before you know it, it will be picking out appropriate dorm sheets and such.My girls didn't do day care so I never had to be faced with the dreaded nap mat situation but both of my girls have one.My brother bought them the most adorable little mats with attached pillow and fleece cover. They love them , just to lie around and watch tv on.Hope you can find something that works fro your little one:)

  10. I have had similar thoughts before - I can't believe how much time I will spend on trying to find the perfect price for something I want to be "just right" for my kids! I'm glad to see Etsy came to your rescue!