Whoever coined the phrase “sleep like a baby” obviously had no experience of what it takes to put a baby down: the endless rocking and soothing, the hopeful glance to see if it’s safe to exit the room, and the crashing disappointment when you realise that it’s not. Worse than all of these, of course, is the intrusion of a seemingly innocuous household noise that quickly and efficiently puts an end to any hope of napping.
We asked Living and Loving moms to list their worst culprits.
They’re Johannesburg’s alarm clock. Worst still, if they don’t (by some miracle) wake the baby, they sound so much like a crying infant that I’ll run to check if everything is OK in the nursery – and that, of course, wakes my daughter. – Jo
The mielie lady
I used to think there was no such thing as a mielie lady outside of Madam & Eve, but it turns out there’s one in my suburb and she does her rounds at exactly the same time as my baby goes down for a nap. – Bridget
It’s the worst when your own body is the traitor! Actually, though, anything that squeaks must go, including mattress springs, floorboards and doors. – Lenore
The things you forget about before you put them down, like a door or window you forgot to close and bangs in the wind, or the phone you forgot to put on silent! – Jennifer
Enough said. Barking dogs are also the worst, especially when they’re barking because someone rang the doorbell – Claire
Closing the curtains
It seems like such a simple, innocent thing to do, but it can really cause havoc. – Jolene
Knives and forks clinking against the plate. – Nikki
Seriously, though, it seems any random sound will wake them, especially buzzing mosquitos, the wind in the trees or even the neighbour’s kids chatting. – Sarah
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.