Finding and enforcing a child's sleep routine can be somewhat challenging, especially when you're new to this whole parenting thing. So, once you discover what works you'll do damn near anything and everything necessary to protect it. We all know sleep is important, but what about all the fun things that happen after your kid goes to bed? I'm more than convinced there are some strange things every mom does when her kid is asleep (because I've definitely done my share of post-baby sleep things) so, come one, don't deny the truth, dear reader.
When my daughter was little, she absolutely adored being swaddled, slept through the night fairly early on, and gave little pushback. It was glorious. The downside to her early-to-bed schedule, however, is the unrelenting fact that achieving a solid 8-10 hours of sleep so easily, means she's the world's earliest riser. Eh, I'm OK with the trade-off. For now. My five-year-old son is a different story, however. As a baby, his sleep patterns were atrocious thanks to his severe acid reflux. We tried swaddling, wedges, slanting the mattress, special formulas — everything — but he, and I, really struggled to get some sleep, let alone quiet time after hours. Once his digestive system matured and he began sleeping through the night, that's when the real fun began.
When my kids go to bed, I'll admit, there's some weird stuff that goes down. The counting of minutes until their heads hit the pillow so I can "do my thing" is a daily ritual. So, with that being said and because we could all use a healthy dose of weird every now and then, here's some strange things I'm convinced every mom does when her kid is asleep (that you definitely shouldn't be ashamed of).