How many times have you heard this: Sleep when the baby sleeps. Oh man, did I want to throttle everyone who gave me that TOTALLY SMART BUT UNATTAINABLE ADVICE when my kids were newborns. Mostly because I was tired. But also because there’s just so much to do when you’re a new parent while the baby is sleeping!
Much of it involving Netflix. Ahem.
So on behalf of our new sponsor, the brand new, easy-to-use and very secure Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor, we’re sharing 40 things parents can actually do while the baby sleeps.
None of which includes checking in on the baby fourteen times; that’s what 1500 feet (wow) of secure, interference-free range from the Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor buys you.
So worth it.
So so so so worth it.
40 things parents can do while the baby sleeps
Yes, you can celebrate. NO, you cannot throw a party.
1. Take a shower and wash your hair. With shampoo and everything. You deserve it.
2. Order a new pair of shoes on sale, or a fun new lipstick color. Both will help you feel fantastic. (If you’re a dad, you can also order a pair of shoes or a fun new lipstick color, by the way.)
3. Wipe down the baby toys. They’re gross.
4. Catch up on The Crown, if only in 20 minute increments.
5. Catch up on baby gift thank you notes, if only in 20 minute increments. And yes, e-cards count.
6. Back up those 8 zillion baby photos to a cloud service, then delete all but your favorites from your phone.
7. Listen to a podcast. (We’re partial to Spawned, of course.)
8. Write an email or text to a friend you only ever say hi to on social media.
9. If you’ve got another adult in the house, go for a walk around the block. Just one block is good.
10. Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle.
11. Stretch. You can never stretch too much.
12. Plan a date night, or if you’re single, a friends-night-out. Bet you need it.
13. Make yourself a snack that’s not out of a box.
14. Make yourself a snack that’s right out of a box.
15. When you’re absolutely 100% sure the baby is sleeping soundly (that’s what the Panasonic Long-Range Monitor is for, hint), sneak in quietly and take 400 Instagram photos to post.
16. Come up with new ways to humblebrag on Instagram about your sleeping baby.
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17. Work on your baby book. If you haven’t even started, just accept you never will and let it go. (Or maybe try a baby book app instead?)
18. Call one no-kid friend to say hi, and commit to talking about anything besides babies.
19. Try a 7-minute workout, 5-minute yoga routine, or 10 minutes of meditation.
20. Open a 529 fund for college savings, if you haven’t yet.
21. Unsubscribe to all those catalogs that you never actually look at.
22. Create a new Pinterest board.
23. Make a list of all the potential childcare providers you have and can trust, including friends, relatives and pros. If you have a short list, check a sitter service so you know you have some backup when you need it.
24. Clean up your email with our inbox zero trick, or a service like Unroll.Me.
25. Set up a recurring monthly donation to a charity that supports babies and families; if only $5 a month.
26. Make a really good cup of coffee. Don’t skimp on the beans.
27. Track down all those gift cards and store them in one place. (The Gyft app helps do it digitally.)
28. If it’s been a little while since you gave birth, start donating those maternity clothes (if you haven’t yet burned them).
29. Grab a high-end, fancy oil and give yourself a foot rub. Better: Get someone else to give you a foot rub.
30. Try a 15-minute desk organization.
31. Start a novel — one that has nothing to do with babies whatsoever.
32. Plant a windowsill herb garden.
33. Rearrange a bookshelf by color; it’s surprisingly satisfying.
34. Watch funny animal videos.
35. Paint, draw in an adult coloring book, doodle, sew, knit, craft, or just glue googly eyes onto something random.
36. Toss those baby books you know you’ll never use. No guilt. Just toss!
37. Call your mom, your dad, your in-laws, or your grandparents. They will really appreciate hearing your voice.
38. Play a relatively mindless but visually appealing game like Stack, Alto’s Adventure, or Two Dots.
39. Make your bed really really nicely and spray with a nice linen spray so that when you do actually get to sleep, you’ll enjoy it that much more.
40. Do nothing at all; just enjoy the silence.
Thanks to our sponsor Panasonic for giving parents so much more peace of mind — and maybe even more sleep ourselves, thanks to the new Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor, available now. We need all of that sleep we can get!
While the baby sleeps, I would love to write in my journal.
I don’t want to actually do this but I need to get outside to pick up dog poo, yuck!
Jamie I need to do that badly as well!!
Paint a quick watercolor.
I would probably use the time to binge some Netflix or read. I could clean or sleep but let’s be real!
I would love to be able to organize kids clothes in the storage room downstairs!
While the baby slept I would actually really like to start organizing, unpacking and cleaning the house! We moved into a new house a month before baby was born and well, not alot was unpacked prior to his arrival!
While there’s so much that needs to be done around the house, I’d actually rather poor a glass of wine and take a nice long hot bath. Maybe even shave my legs!!! (Haha, maybe) I’d even take a book with me (or my phone) and catch up on some reading. Ahhh this sounds nice. Hopefully baby would allow this! This would be great with a video monitor! I’ve always wanted one. Then you can see when baby starts to stir and know how much time before you have to quick run in to get her.
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee from start to finish- no rewarming in the microwave!
I would love to cuddle on the couch with my golden retriever and read a book!
I’d love to say that I’d sleep while baby sleeps, but I’ll probably being doing laundry, cooking, looking after my toddler, etc. Typical mom duties. This monitor would be a great help in keeping tabs on my new baby while he sleeps and I get things around the house done.
Read a book! For longer than ten minutes 🙂
I would LOVE to give more time to my work as I work from home and sometimes need to get more done than I’m able to when my baby is not in daycare. When I’m not working, I love to cook and it would be super helpful to keep an eye (and voice) on my son when he’s napping.
Definitely shower!!!! A monitor was one of the items I never really had with my first 3 kids but really want one with this one! Thank you for the chance to win one.
I feel like I should say I would do something productive, but I’d 100% sleep. If I’ve learned one thing as a parent, it’s to prioritize sleep above almost everything else.
Just vegging on the couch with a HOT cup of coffee sounds delightful but the other children also demand attention so I gulp luke warm coffee and play tickle me.
While my baby slept I would get some well deserved cuddle time with my husband and get in a hot bath. With the monitor we could keep an eye on her so we could go cook an actual meal. More like so I can cook. My husband rarely does it twice a month ?