Ranger (2 yr 4mo) does not like naptime. I used to be able to cheer him by letting him help me lower his shade and singing a song, but such things hold no sway.
However the kid is simply CRAZY about forts. So the question "Will you lay down in your fort" can evoke a enthusiastically positive response.
Meet Fort Ranger:
where a tired young rambler can settle in with his dogies (or stuffed doggies in our case) and get a little shut eye.
Pardon the photo composition and quality, I didn't want to wake the little fellow while snapping this picture.
This hack should only be used with older toddlers who will extricate themselves from blankets in case of a collapse. It shouldn't be used with kids who will pull the blankets down and tangle themselves in Gordian knots. An adult can also slip in and remove the blanket(s) once the child is sleeping.
Coincidentally, a reminder of the sweet baby naptimes past, is on Thingamababy today. AJ features a sleepsack I sewed for his highly anticipated baby boy (who you can name!).
***This is the independent, low-budget, fully-unsubstantiated opinion of the geek parents at Baby Toolkit. We're definitely not experts at this. Baby Toolkit, c 2008.