A tent for gosh sakes: the first comfort a kid ever made for herself.
The Hughes Brothers have been brought to a dead stop by the stark simplicity of it all. A tent.
But of course. Of course. That first, overpowering and unremembered pulling of a soft blanket over a little one’s head. The joy and protection of it all. The womb back again, with the quiet all of a loving mother’s heart.
From just a bit of overhead covering.
If your child must deal with the challenges of autism at bedtime, take that kiddo camping.
Camping right smack dab there in the easy familiarity of the child’s bedroom, among all the routine that you’ve built around these critical minutes just before sleep.
Now. A place of that child’s own. Surrounding. Enveloping. Reassuring. All his.
The Privacy Pop Bed Tent costs about $130. The best, guaranteed, the best money you ever spent on your little one.
The Hughes Brothers are not at all sure how the Metropolitan Museum of Art became enamored of the Privacy Pop Bed Tent, but in MOMA’s own words, this specific shelter represents both “an ingenious insomnia solution” and, no fooling, “a private oasis.”
Autistic Children’s Privacy Pop Bed Tent Features & Specs
Enough abstractions. Time for the tent’s features.
· Composed of water-resistant polyester
· Propped by metal poles
· Structurally similar to a traditional tent, but intended for snugness
· Adaptable to toddler, twin, twin XL, full, queen, or even king mattresses
· Easy installation
· With mess windows and doors
· Double-sided zippers
· Easy in, easy out – just the ideal amount of shelter from the day, and the night
Your other children, in fact you might very well want a Pop Bed Tent.
The Hughes Brothers are thinking almost exclusively about potential benefits for children with autism, about how this straightforward, straightahead obvious little deal might ease the late-evening hyper-sensitivity of these sweet special children. But.
But, but. This tent will serve, serve well anyone suffering from nighttime anxiety. It will soothe toddlers who scoff, loudly, at naps. It will welcome big old guys such as we Hughes Brothers, who grew up building, moving into, and loving like boyhood itself the tent-like forts that, we knew in our hearts, would not would not ever go away.
Then as now, autistic or otherwise, we all want just some meaningful solitude, some safe and faraway, long-gone seclusion.
The Bed Tent comes across as snugness its own warm and welcoming self. The windows and doors can be adjusted, zipped closed or perhaps part-way to control the entrance of outside light. Your child can make the Bed Tent just as dark, just as private, just as encompassing as the minute might warrant. Adjustable, responsive to immediate demands for privacy, even as the mesh windows deliver but only the desired airflow, not one whiff more or less than might comfort the little sleeper inside.
Suppose that kiddo wants a drive-in movie? Not a problem.
The Hughes Brothers picked up this particular tip from a neighbor’s son, a Marine just returned from Afghanistan. And while we’re quite certain that the young lance corporal was not sleeping in quite the tent we’re applauding here, we do know that he rigged an enclosure over his bed there in the Kabul barracks to give himself some privacy among the dormitory-wide presence of a hundred or so of his buddies from the Corps.
Here’s what he did: he hung a white curtain at the far end of his bed tent. And watched there movies and more with the HD projector he bought for his smart-phone.
Just a thought.
Autistic Children’s Privacy Pop Bed Tent Review
Our thinking: make of this so basic, so potentially life-changing covering exactly what your child needs.
We admit. The Hughes Brothers are taken with the existential simplicity of this, this childhood staple. But please, shove aside our nostalgic exuberance, and explore for yourself and for your family the potential joys of nothing more than a bit of soothing cloth between a troubled child and the music of the spheres.
And to all, a good, good night.