Perfect World: The Crib

For the adult baby, the perfect world includes a crib to sleep in. Actually, this isn’t true for everyone – it depends on inner age…there can be nothing like a firetruck bed with plastic sheets for an ‘older’ boy.

But I’ve been thinking about a crib because Timmy is a toddler and while sometimes he thinks of a bed like little kids have, more often it’s a crib that he dreams about.

The crib I imagine for Timmy is white and is the perfect size: he has plenty of room to wiggle, stretch his legs out, (and then curl them up again!), and roll around in as he settles down for the night or for a nap with his favorite stuffed bears and a few toys. But it isn’t too large either, he doesn’t look like he’s lost in it, or that he’s in a “big bed” that was simply adapted a little.

The crib is a magical place for Timmy. Being put in his crib usually follows one of his favorite things in the world: getting changed. With his clean diapers on, he’s able to settle down and feel comfortable and well protected.

The crib has a plastic cover on the mattress which makes a reassuring crinkle sound beneath him. I imagine it having a powder blue color with patterns on it: ducks maybe, bears, and other animals.

The rails of the crib make a reassuring ‘click’ when they’re raised. This sound and the sight of the crib bars being raised around him give the toddler a sense of security, safety and well-being. The bars are closely spaced but not so close that he can’t look out into the room and in particular see his dad sitting in a chair by the crib while he settles down to sleep.

There’s a plastic ‘bumper’ around the edges of the crib, again with a babyish pattern, which provides a further sense of security: the little one won’t bump his head on the rails, and the pattern puts him in a toddler mood.

There are toys attached to the sides of the crib which he can play with and look at and there are a few items in the crib with him, in particular his favorite stuffed animals!

He has a nice soft blanket which he curls to his chin as he lies in the crib, the fleece feeling reassuring and warm.

A mobile hanging above the crib draws his eye. The slow rotation, the colors, find him gazing at the mobile feeling a trance-like sense of ease and sleepiness.

It’s a safe comforting place for Timmy and being at ease in the perfect crib lets him dream toddler dreams.

6 Replies to “Perfect World: The Crib”

  1. when all the visual cues around you tell you that you ARE a baby it is much easier to really let those babyish feelings show! a crib would be so perfect… and don’t forget a high chair for feeding time!

  2. I have a crib and I have a high chair and it makes being a baby so wonderful. Its not perfect mind you but its as close as you can get. Many times I wake in the night and realize I am in the crib and that I cannot get out or I am NOT allowed to get out til morning. I think it has helped me get better sleep because MOST mornings (not today) I make myself stay in it til 7:00 AM and not allowed to get out of it til exactly that time. Same with nap time and if I go down for nap time at 12:30 I have to stay in the crib til exactly 2:00 PM and not a second before. It changes your perspective on life. 🙂

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