8 things to do while your baby sleeps


They say that you should sleep when the baby sleeps, but sometimes it can be difficult to just fall asleep, so you often end up cleaning, or sitting in front of the TV during your little one’s nap times.

Leave the cleaning for later and take some time out for yourself. You deserve it.

Revisit a hobby you haven’t had time for

Do you have a hobby you had to set aside for a bit when baby arrived? Whether it’s knitting, scrapbooking, crafts, gardening or writing – while your little one takes her nap, you’ve got time to get back into it.


If you love reading, keep a book of short stories or a romance novel you’ve been dying to read on hand while baby sleeps.

Journal your motherhood moments

Write down all the special moments you have with your children. You don’t have to do this every day, only once a week or a month. This will be a special keepsake for your children one day.

ALSO SEE: Capturing your baby’s monthly milestones, from birth to one year

Get cooking

If you enjoy cooking or baking, whip up something that you enjoy making or try something new.

Take a walk

If you don’t have a babysitter, take baby along in her stroller for a walk. The fresh air will do you good, plus you’ll get some exercise.

ALSO SEE: Shed those extra kilos with this six-week walking plan

Give yourself a confidence boost

Looking good will make all the difference to how you feel about yourself. Once baby is down for her nap, take 20 minutes and really get dressed (no sweatpants or T-shirts and ponytails). You don’t have to look fancy – you just need a pulled-together outfit, a little lip gloss and to blow dry your hair.

Treat yourself in your bathroom “spa”

Apply a facial mask, lather your hands and feet in moisturiser and cover them in plastic wrap and cotton gloves or socks. Relax on the couch for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

Relax with a cup of hot chocolate

Just need 20 minutes of silence? Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and read your favourite magazine.

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