When it comes to getting kids to sleep through the night, parents will try almost anything. Enter: Privacy Pop. The "bed tent" — originally marketed to college dormmates looking to get some extra zzz's amid conflicting schedules — is quickly becoming a go-to solution for toddlers and grade-schoolers who have trouble sleeping.
At first glance, the tent — which is specially designed to be used with your existing mattress and bed frame or can even be used by itself — looks like a fun play fort, but it's proved to work wonders at helping kids get to sleep . . . and stay asleep, regardless of age or scenario. For those easily awoken by bright sunlight during naps, the zippered windows can reduce ambient light. For siblings who share a room, the seclusion cuts off inevitable distractions, and for those who have trouble sleeping in a room by themselves, the enclosed space feels more secure.
The thousands of five-star reviews seem to echo the brand's sentiments, and parents have even noted that it's helped children who've had sleep-regression issues, whether it's a newfound fear of the dark, night terrors, or sensory issues:
"My son is finally sleeping in his own room!"
"She had been sleeping in a fort she made in the living room for seven months. I think she just liked the coziness. Once the Privacy Pop arrived, it took three days until the fort was voluntarily dismantled. (And, you can judge our parenting all you want. I get it.)"
"It works very well for my 4-year-old son. He loves it and never falls out of the bed anymore!"
"My daughter has autism and sometimes likes to have a quiet escape place. With this 'fort' she can be with us but not right in the middle of everything."
The Privacy Pop comes in all mattress sizes, including toddler and twin beds ($130) and even bunk beds ($120). According to those who've purchased one, it's apparently a breeze to assemble and dismount — even though once it's up, most kids don't seem to want to take it down.