How to wake a sleeping child

by kristas on June 29, 2011

It’s morning.  Perhaps 30 minutes or so after the toddler usually wakes up. While you hate waking up a sleeping child you know that if she sleeps much longer it will throw the days schedule off and you’ll pay for it later. 

Step 1:  Gently open the door and step into her room.

Step 2:  Walk gently to her crib, speaking softly.  “Good morning, baby girl.” 

Step 3:  Stop, with your hand on the rail of the crib and feel your breath leave your body as you look down at the peaceful sleeping baby. 

Step 4:  Rub her back a little, talk a little more.  Get her clothes for the day out of her dresser drawers. 

Step 5:  Leave the room, make a little bit of noise in the hallway, start a load of laundry. 

Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 through 4. 

Step 7:  Decide that she must be really tired and give up, you’ll let her wake up on her own. 

Step 8:  Watch the monitor for 20 minutes, anxiously waiting for any sign of movement. 

Step 9:  Make yourself a cup of tea, piece of cinnamon toast, curl up on the couch and open your mouth to take a bite.   

The end.  The child is now awake and she’s about to steal your breakfast.


LCW June 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

Haha. So true! Hope you made a second piece.

irys09 June 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

Boy isn’t that the truth!

Natalie June 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

Love this!! And all so true!!

Now if you try to sneak out of her room after she falls asleep, being as quiet as humanly possible? That is also another way to wake her up ;)

Heidi June 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

oh so true…

Kimberly June 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Haha! This is SO true!! Also a way to wake her up? Hope that she stays asleep. That’s a guaranteed wake up call in our house!

By Word of Mouth Musings June 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

Yes, they have impeccable timing!

Kimberly June 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My child is so not a light sleeper. Which is why I’m in the process of trying to kill all the creaks in my home. Oy. Oh and the neighbor who went through a mid-life crisis and bought a stupid motorcycle. He loves to rev that betch up at 5 in the morning…jerk

Jennifer June 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

That’s the truth! Any time I finally realize I could have 10 minutes to myself to read, it’s too late. The child awakes. When will we learn? :)

Diana July 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

Lol – this happens to us too! I always feel like when I read you I’m getting a peek into my own life from another state. :)

Jessica July 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

PERFECT! This is exactly it, happens every time. I swear my kids hear me push the button on the coffee pot.

Catherine@happinessafterheartache July 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

This is so true! Although usually in the morning, if they’re sleeping, I let them lay. But if naptime runs a little too long, I will definitely try to wake them up….otherwise bedtime won’t happen!

Victoria July 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Ha. Oh this is so very true! Seems to never fail, everytime I make myself something to eat, the kids turn on their “food radar” and they are right there! “Mommy bite?” “mommy bite please?” “Mommy give me bite now!”

Adrienne July 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh this is so true! I remember those sleeping baby days too well. Now that it’s summer I have sleeping big kids, and the routine hasn’t changed much. Stopped by from Monster Likes. :)

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