WHEN you have a baby who will not go to sleep or stay asleep, there are some mornings you really do NOT want to get out of bed…
You know the mornings I mean.
The baby has kept you up all night and yet still wakes you up ridiculously early.
What a bloody cheek.
You try to enjoy the comfort of your bed for as long as possible.
You hide under the covers. She thinks you are up for a game of Peepo.
You riffle through your bedside drawer and give them anything that looks vaguely interesting in the hope it’ll keep them occupied for a few minutes.
You throw their dummy across the room and buy some precious bed-lying time while they make the journey to retrieve it.
You close your eyes and pretend to be asleep for as long as you can take the pain of the baby pulling your hair and sticking her fingers up your nose. But in the end, you give up.
Because getting up is actually less tiring than staying in bed with a baby who is wide awake.
So for those days when you are simply too tired to stand up, I have devised a few simple games:
HIDE AND SEEK
You hide, they seek, and seek, and seek some more and hopefully won’t find you for a very long time (lying down time achieved depends on how good you are at hiding).
When I say ‘show’ clearly I mean lie down on the settee, place a puppet on each foot and wiggle them around a bit. Instant entertainment.
Hide ‘treasure’ around the room then lie down while they enjoy the hunt. Continue to lie down shouting ‘colder‘, ‘warmer’ and ‘not in the toilet’ for as long as it takes for them to have a tantrum about not being able to find the treasure. WARNING: Be prepared for another tantrum when they realise the ‘treasure’ is actually half a kinder egg, an apple, one stale custard cream and bread sticks.
Lie on the floor.
This is literally all there is to this game. As soon as you lie down toddlers and babies will feel the urge to climb on you. That is a fact.
Close your eyes and try to visualise yourself on a desert island (being torn apart by wild animals)…
PUT THEM IN A BOX (PREFERABLY ONE WITH A LID)
Kids love a box. And once they are in the box they often don’t want to come out of the box. So valuable lying down time is achieved. However, you may pay for it when they do not even want to leave the box for lunch…or a poo.