Baby boy is still having trouble sleeping on his own. At night it’s better than during the day, which is good because my husband and I are actually both getting to sleep in bed again. But but during the day he still mainly wants to only sleep on mommy. If he’s asleep and I so much as try to put him down to use the restroom he will start screaming and then it’s 30 minutes of bouncing and rocking to try to get him to fall back asleep. If he misses naps during the day, then he’s extra crabby at night. So I try to do everything I can to make sure he sleeps during the day, which means I spend a lot of time sitting on the couch and I have to find things to keep me busy. Here are my favorite things to do when baby will only sleep on me.
1. Cruise Social Media or Pinterest
I think this is the obvious choice. And it was my top choice for the first week or so. But Social Media quickly becomes monotonous…and while I love Pinterest it can also get old. So you need some better options!
2. Catch up on Netflix
Since most days I can’t really leave the couch, might as well have a Netflix marathon. I prefer to watch TV shows that my husband wouldn’t enjoy, like Baby Daddy and Melissa and Joey.
3. Play Games on your Phone
Just don’t invite all your Facebook friends to play so you can level up.
4. Read a Book or Magazine
I’ve been slowly reading What to Expect: The First Year and some business books. My mom also gave me all her old magazines, so I have a stack to flip through while nursing or baby is sleeping. Also, this is a great time to read aloud to baby, if you feel like it. I read whatever I’m reading, it doesn’t have to be a kids story.
5. Mess with SnapChat
I’m convinced SnapChat was actually created for nursing moms and moms with young kids. Firstly, those face filters are so much fun to play with. I can kill some serious time making funny faces and sending them to my sister and husband. Also, it looks adorable when you put the filters on kids. Beware the face swaps though, those are seriously scary!
6. Google Sleep Solutions
I’ve probably Googled this about 1500 times. I haven’t found anything concrete that works, but I keep Googling it. If you find something be sure to let me know!
7. Take Some Pictures
Sleeping baby all wrapped up in your arms, I bet he’s looking pretty cute! Why not use your phone to take some adorable photos that I’m sure you will cherish for years to come. Also, don’t forget to get a couple selfies in with baby.
8. Create Announcements
Use all the pictures you’ve been taking to create an announcement. If you can use your computer you can easily create announcements to send out to all your friends and family.
9. Journal or Write in Baby Book
These first few months go by so quickly and so much happens. From baby’s first smile, finding his hands or feet, and then there’s all the millions of emotions you’re feeling. Place a journal or baby book in the spot that you’re tied to, or start one online.
I’m sure there’s plenty of thing you’ve decided you need for baby and yourself. Hop on Amazon, Etsy, or your favorite clothing site and buy some items for yourself. You deserve it.
11. Learn a New Skill on YouTube
Use this time to finally learn that skill you’ve been meaning to learn. Or at least learn how to use that Moby Wrap you got. (Or any other products you’re confused about)
12. Put Baby in Moby
Use that skill you learned in #9 to actually get some house stuff done! Put baby in the Moby Wrap and do the dishes or fold that laundry! This has been a life saver for me, as I can feel productive and still have baby feel secure and happy.
These are the things that have gotten me through so far. It helps to not just watch TV and to have some other options for things to do. At least this way I feel more entertained and less irritated that I’m stuck in one spot. What are some things that you do when baby only wants to sleep on you?