all you need is a closet and a pack and play.
there, have I officially ruined any hopes that I might one day be a great mom?
here is the explanation:
Situation - 4 kids. 2 bedrooms. 3 kids take naps but 1 takes them on a little bit different schedule. The one who does not take a nap still gets to have quiet time while all the others are taking a nap. follow?
Solution - set up pack and play in another room, utilizing the 3 needed rooms instead of the original 2 that were set up.
Problem - the room is too small because it is the play room and our toys are very important.
Solution - pack and play fits in closet.
Problem - it sorta looks funny that our kids sleep in a closet
Solution - still working on that one.
Benefits - when you put a screaming baby in here, close the doors just a little, close the play room doors, turn on the hall bathroom fan, close your door AND turn on your bathroom fan you have a sound proof room even if you live in a 1950's home built by the lowest bidder.
Disclaimer - this is primarily Samantha's nap area/closet (let's just call it what it is) and she loves it. We leave the doors open however, at times, she chooses to close them and sleep in a cocoon. And it just so happens that occasionally, very occasionally, we use it for an inconsolable baby as well.
Warning - This will totally and completely offend ALL first time mommies and for that, I am sorry - really, it's not as bad as it sounds or looks.....that's what I tell myself anyway.
Note - This will make all second, third, fourth and fifth time mommies laugh hysterically and feel better about the mom that they are....at least their kid doesn't have to sleep in a closet...and for that, you are welcome.