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23 moms share the odd + crazy things they’ve done while sleep-deprived 😴

“My alarm went off on my phone, I placed it against my chest in an attempt to nurse it back to sleep.”—Chelsea Druso

23 moms share the odd + crazy things they’ve done while sleep-deprived 😴

Relentless exhaustion. Sleep-deprived. Simply worn out. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no doubt that the joy that comes with being a mama also brings a lack of sleep. No matter how hard you try or what stage of parenting you’re in, we just can’t ever seem to catch up on our Zzz’s.


And sometimes it makes us downright delirious. We asked #TeamMotherly what the silliest thing they’ve done while running on no sleep—and they delivered the best responses. Next time you think you’re crazy for putting the milk away in the cabinet or trying to start your car with a banana peel (no judgement here), take a deep breath, mama.

You’re not alone:

“When my alarm went off on my phone, I placed it against my chest in an attempt to nurse it back to sleep.”—Chelsea Druso

“Found out tonight via my husband that apparently we've been washing our child with babyganics foaming dish soap for the last two weeks, result of a sleep-deprived Target run.”—Jacqueline Shaw Rech

“I patted and shushed the cat to sleep instead of my already sleeping baby.”—Amy Tas

“I had nursed the baby and went outside to say ‘bye’ to my husband going to work. He stops the van and I am like you forget something? He's like no but your boob is hanging out! I was so shocked because I seriously didn't even notice it! ???.”— Whitney Lett

“I dumped the water out of a glass into the garbage can instead of the sink. A couple nights later I was washing dishes and washed a celery stick that had gotten into the sink, like scrubbed it with my sponge and everything.”—Glorian Bonnette

“I caught my hair on fire while cooking, kissed my own arm instead of baby's head, washed the same load of laundry nearly 10 times because I kept forgetting to dry it.”—Hanna Nakano

“I was buckling my 4-year-old up and I had my newborn’s pacifier in my hand. Once I was done I tried putting the pacifier in my 4-year-olds mouth. She looked at me crazy and asked what I was doing.”—Sarah Boothe

“Desitin on my toothbrush, trying to open house door with car key, remote in the fridge, forgetting to put milk in the fridge, I had put coffee into baby bottle instead of Similac, and salted my coffee.”—Azra Berbić

“I woke up, changed my newborn son's diaper, and got ready to give him his next middle-of-the-night feed. But when I looked at my phone, I realized I had JUST put him down from his previous feed—15 minutes before.”—Liz Tenety Galle

“Fell asleep after pumping, answered door where UPS guy handed over package and then left very quickly, went back to sleep as baby was still sleeping, woke up an hour later to both boobs hanging out. To this day I don’t know if they were out when I answered the door.”—Lauren Mould

“I got up to change my first son's diaper in the middle of the night and just put a new one on overtop the old one ?.”—Taite Marie Kyle

“I was nursing my son and I was looking around the room for him. I almost asked my husband if he knew were he was, then I realized he was nursing.”—Stephanie Downard

“Let's see: Used hand soap as toothpaste, went to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and forgot to take my bottoms off, used formula as my coffee creamer.”—Monika Halit James

“Threw my keys in the garbage and tried to start the car with a banana peel, clearly I shouldn’t have been trying to go anywhere!”—Fenced In Momma

“Since my son was born five months ago, I have paid and driven away without my coffee three times ??‍♀.”—Kait Phares

“Put my shirt on backwards and went shopping at several stores, wore my pants inside out, forgot to screw the lid on the shake n’ pour pancake mix and proceeded to shake pancake batter all over my kitchen, I’ve done this with sippy cups, too. Washed my hair with conditioner first...I’m sure there’s more, but I’m too sleep deprived to think of any.”—Melisa Doherty

“Made a coffee without putting my mug underneath the machine. Went to two appointments in one week all on the wrong day.”—Jaye Byron

“I called my husband and told him I'm trying to find my phone then he asked me to breathe then asked, ‘What phone are you calling me from?’ I was using my phone lol.”— Rachel Lewis

“I put a dirty diaper in the fridge one night, hubby found it the next morning. Also have a habit of putting other things in the fridge instead of the cabinets.”—Chrissy Kubacka

“I stood in the Target parking lot about in tears hitting my car’s unlock button but couldn’t get the door to open. After about five tries, I actually looked in the window and discovered it wasn’t my SUV. Mine was right next to it??‍♀️same exact SUV, minus two car seats??‍♀️.”—Brandi Phillips

“I pulled into the driveway and got mad because the garage door wouldn’t open. Turned out I was at the wrong house.”—Denise Lehr

“I poured my morning coffee into my son's drinking cup! Oh joy! He takes the first sip and goes, ‘Mmmm coffee’ ? ooops!.”—Barbara Kalniņa

“Took the TV remote to work believing it was my cell phone?.”—Rainer Willingshofer

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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