You finally sleep-trained your kiddo and there was a lot of crying and guilt and moments at 3 a.m. when you wanted to murder your husband who is inexplicably able to snore through two hours of uninterrupted screaming. But it’s done. Yay.
Annnd… then you go to your cousin’s house, and the guest room is super bright and you can’t get little Maxwell to nap, like, at all.
The next time you travel, here’s what you should do:
Step 1: A few days before your trip, buy a pack of disposable room-darkening shades ($5 each). Have them sent to you or, heck, directly to your cousin.
Step 2: Right when you arrive, put them up in the room your kid is sleeping in. (It takes five minutes. They stick to the inside of any windowpane.)
Step 3: Behold as the room gets really, really dark and Maxwell gets tired when he’s supposed to get tired.
Step 4: When the trip is over, take the shades down and throw them in the trash.
Step 5: Tell every single one of your friends. Become the most popular woman in all the land.