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10 Things I’ve Done To Avoid Waking The Baby

You know how it is. The baby needs a nap. Maybe she’s teething and sleeping badly at night. Maybe you’ve been on the run all day and he hasn’t had a chance t sleep between errands and picking up bigger kids from school. Maybe you just need a few minutes of quiet yourself. But the baby needs a nap.

So, when the nap finally comes, you’ll do anything to keep it going. Your own plans, comfort, and preferences take a back seat to keeping the baby asleep. You will take desperate – DESPERATE, I say – measures not to interrupt a much-needed nap. In fact, as I’m typing this, I’m wondering if I could invent a silent keyboard because my baby is asleep in her car seat on the living room floor and I’m worried that the sound of typing will wake her. This is why we need more moms in science and technology fields. To invent technology that prolongs baby naps.

Here is a list of a few of the things I’ve done to keep my baby napping:

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  • Don’t Flush 1 of 10
    Don't Flush
    My house is not large and my bathroom is near the baby's room. If nature calls during a nap, flushing has to wait. What? It's Number 1...
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  • Total Inactivity 2 of 10
    Total Inactivity
    If the baby falls asleep on me, I'll just...sit there. No tv. No book. Just me, my thoughts, and baby snores.
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  • Driveway Moments 3 of 10
    Driveway Moments
    If I get home and the baby is asleep in the backseat, I'll just crack a window and listen to NPR for a while.
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  • Hold It 4 of 10
    Hold It
    A full bladder is not a reason to wake a baby. At least not while I can stand it.
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  • No Chores! 5 of 10
    No Chores!
    Vacuuming? Washing dishes? All too loud for naptime.
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  • Call for Delivery 6 of 10
    Call for Delivery
    A quick phone call to the pizza place is quieter than the sounds of cooking during a late day nap.
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  • Stifle That Sneeze 7 of 10
    Stifle That Sneeze
    I know every trick in the book for not sneezing. Deep breaths. Pinching your nose. Silently saying "elephant shoes" and pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Crazy? Yeah, but the baby keeps napping!
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  • Banishment 8 of 10
    Banishment
    I am not above making my husband take my son out of the house so baby gets a good nap.
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  • Keep Walking 9 of 10
    Keep Walking
    If a stroller nap or Ergo nap is the only way, I will walk, and walk, and walk, and walk...
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  • More Movies! 10 of 10
    More Movies!
    A long baby nap will net my older child extra tv. I can control the volume on Madagascar 3. I can't control the volume on him!
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