Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dad tip #46: Be prepared when your baby only wants to sleep ON you

Anecdotally, it's incredibly common that babies go through a phase where they will only seem to want to sleep physically ON someone -- that someone, of course, being YOU.

The advice for today is: Be prepared. Yes yes, that's ambiguous and vague, but it should be because there are many scenarios you should be prepared for when your baby falls asleep on you. For example ...
Scenario #1:
You've been trying for a solid two hours to get your kid to nap and you've just managed to get him to fall asleep in your arms while sitting on the couch. You've been savoring your victory for all of two minutes when the phone rings ... loudly ... from across the room. WAAAAAAHHH! Game over, you lose.

Scenario #2:
You're home alone with the baby for the next four hours. You've decided to lay on the floor and bond with the baby. Your baby (un)expectedly falls asleep on your chest ... and the only thing within arm's reach are a moist burp cloth, a moist pacifier, and a moist, but mostly empty, glass of water. Now you're thirsty, bored, and unable to fall asleep yourself, because that's pretty much not safe.

Scenario #3:
You've been drinking coffee non-stop to keep yourself awake. Your baby finally falls asleep in your lap for a nap. There's a nature sounds CD playing softly in the background of a babbling brook ... babbling suggestively. The pressure in your bladder is growing stronger at an alarming rate. You're regretting that your baby is the only one in the house wearing diapers.
In scenario #1, it would've been good to think ahead and either turn down the ringer or leave the phone in a place you could reach it. In scenario #2, you could've left the TV remote, the Xbox controller, a book, a magazine, a glass of water, or pretty much ANYTHING you could've entertained yourself with closer to where you were laying. In scenario #3, you should definitely have peed before settling in.

Get the picture? Don't go overboard, but be prepared.



Blogger Maureen said...

I have lived all three scenarios. So true. So true.

June 5, 2008 12:31 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

I recommend practicing picking things up with your toes. I've reeled in more than one remote that way with a sleeping baby on my chest. I've also learned to get up off a couch and walk across the room while keeping my chest horizontal and pointing at ceiling in some sort of bizarre baby burdened limbo.

June 5, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Missie said...

Ed's favorite thing in the whole world is to take a nap with a sleeping baby on his chest. Seriously- like I don't think he really cares if it's his own or not. I think he wants to find someone to who will rent babies specifically for this purpose. And he only dropped Oona once.

June 5, 2008 12:36 PM  

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