I’ve been noticing that lots of people are joining up with Shae at Yay For Home by posting ‘Things I know‘ on their blog each week. I thought I might join the party today and write about something I know very, very well. You’ll be happy to know that I have researched and personally tried all of these things, and they are in fact quite effective.
If ever you think your baby is sleeping like an angel and you think she might rather be awake… Here are 16 ways to wake a sleeping baby! (Don’t try this at home)
1. Speak to their dadda on skype who is away for the weekend, make sure the volume is up nice and loud – then later once the baby is asleep, send an email. The outgoing mail sound will be sure to wake them.
2. Drop your book on their head.
3. Let dadda come to bed – his definition of quiet is my definition of be-as-noisy-as-you-can.
4. Have a cuddle. I swear babies have an intimacy radar.
5. If their intimacy radar is faulty, go to second base – that will get them!
6. Transfer them from the car to their bed when they fall asleep in the car.
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7. Go outside – baby could be sleeping wonderfully whilst you’re in the house but the minute you go to the car/letterbox/bin/clothesline and are out of earshot, I can gaurentee you’ll come back in to a crying baby.
8. Let your baby fall asleep on you then try and put them down in their bed. Always a winner, that one!
9. Cough, sneeze or move suddenly whilst sitting next to sleeping baby.
10. Yell at cat for drinking out of your water glass which is sitting on the bedside table next to sleeping baby.
11. Sit next to sleeping baby whilst blogging and tap away furiously at the computer keys – works best when you’ve thought of a really exciting blog topic. (How to give your baby radiation poisoning will have to be saved for another day.)
12. Dont let baby sleep during the day – she’ll be sure to wake from anything when she’s so wired at night time.
13. Make yourself a cup of tea, sigh, find a good magazine or blog to read, relax and look forward to enjoying some time out… Only when you’ve done all of these steps will the baby wake.
14. Let the cat jump up on the bed and try to snuggle with you. If the baby doesn’t wake just from the cat, she will when you try to shoo the cat away (our cat is very fat so her jumping onto the bed is usually enough).
15. Allow older children into the room to ask you a question – they suck at whispering!
16. Once you are both cuddled up in bed and the baby is asleep, realise that you actually need to go to the toilet – now try and get away.
Please note: I seem to have perfected these BUT if you are one of those parents who actually want your children to sleep then I suggest you do the opposite to me
What would you add?