My 19 month old has been a pretty good sleeper, but typically only in his own crib at home. Last summer we took a couple of overnight trips and the whole family ended up as miserable zombies because everyone slept poorly. This past weekend we went to a cabin and hoped my son would do better being a whole year older. We brought the pack n play and figured he'd either sleep in that at the foot of our bed or in bed with us. We tried the pack n play, screams. Okay, in bed with us. He was happy as a clam in bed with us but just COULD. NOT. SETTLE. he was jumping on the bed, rolling around, he kept seeming like he was drifting off the pop up and go "HI!" Lol. No amounts of my husband and I saying "it's time for NIGHTY. NIGHT. did anything. After about 2 hours of this we tried the pack n play, and while he didn't cry, he still couldn't settle because he saw us. He was still waving, going "HI!", barking like a dog, showing us his stuffed bunny, etc etc. it would have been cute if it wasn't 3am at this point. Finally, we decided to try putting him in the pack n play in the other bedroom. We set up the monitor and gave him a book and his bunny, and watched at he flipped through his book a bit, then laid down and WENT TO SLEEP. He then slept until 9:30am, and slept great for every other nap and bedtime for the rest of the trip.
Long story short, this is now opening up a whole new world of being able to travel with my son without being totally sleep deprived, it just looks like the ticket is that he needs to be by himself to settle down. He's always been the type that he'll read/play for a bit in his crib until going to sleep, I just never realized how exciting my husband and I were lol. Anyone else have a kid like this? How do you travel? We have a trip in a couple of weekends to a one room cabin and I'm wondering if there's a way to block his view in some way so that he can't see us. We also have a one week trip in August that I'd REALLY like to figure something out for, but the whole family is sharing a bedroom for that one. Any suggestions?
Also, he was in his pack n play for this trip, but he's looking pretty tall in it and I'm wondering how much longer he'll be able to be in it. He's not a climber but he is determined. What do your kids sleep in when traveling after they grow out of the pack n play?