You’ve been so patient (beyond patient!) trying every trick you know to get your baby to sleep, and finally he does. Hooray!! Or, maybe not. The problem? Your arm is under him and you really, really don’t want him to wake up when you move. You’ve got chores to do, emails to catch up on, a phone call to make, and you might want to do something just for you – like bathe. Right now every minute counts, so how do you extricate yourself? Do you move as fast as you can so the disruption is over quickly or do you move so slowly that he can’t even (hopefully) feel it? Every parent has their strategies, but you never know what’s going to work right this time. You’re barely breathing trying to will yourself to be invisible, weightless, and perfectly silent. Yes, your baby fell asleep on you – here’s how to escape.
First, a little funny we know you can relate to:
This video shows exactly how to escape a sleeping baby:
Know what would be a heckuvalot easier? Putting your baby to bed before she falls asleep on you (yes, it can be done!). Cloud b Advisor Kim West (aka The Sleep Lady) says that’s a much wiser approach in the long run.
“Our children are not born with the knowledge of how to put themselves to sleep, and it is our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to fall asleep without assistance from us. Additionally, we need to help our babies create positive sleep associations to replace any established sleep crutches, such as rocking, feeding, or patting, that may be present. I like to think of my gentle sleep coaching method, known as The Sleep Lady Shuffle, as a happy middle ground. This type of sleep coaching helps your baby adjust to the change in their routine over a period of time, rather than be put into bed one night to be left alone, wondering what happened (and probably screaming out of frustration with the sudden change).
The Shuffle is my gentle sleep coaching method that gently and effectively teaches your baby that she doesn’t need to be rocked to drift off to dreamland, nor does she need to be bounced, fed, or sung to before nodding off each night.”
Make sense? Want to try it? Click through to learn about The Sleep Lady Shuffle – A Proven Way to Help Kids Sleep.
In closing, just for fun – here’s a baby that’s learning what it feels like to be trapped! The tables are turned in this adorable video. (Puppies + babies = cute overload!)