Like most new parents, Melissa Dykstra, a mom from Gold Coast, Australia, was desperate to get a few minutes to herself—but her "clingy" 1-month-old daughter Olivia had other ideas. That's when she realized she could trick her baby into thinking she was getting attention while she took a nap, with the help of a genius parenting hack.
The mom blew up a regular rubber glove like a balloon and rested it on her baby's stomach while she napped. The contact with the glove was enough to keep the infant calm while Melissa got some tasks done.
“It gave me enough time for a shower and to finish my coffee while it was still hot,” she said in an interview with News.com.au.
She explained that the break was much needed after a rough stretch with her baby.
“She’s going through her first ‘leap’ (in her mental development) so she’s been extra clingy the last few days, and makes it so hard to even go to the bathroom. So I thought I’d try it, and I was surprised at how well it worked,” Melissa said.
She then shared a picture of her idea with the Facebook page Babyhintsandtips where it has gone viral. Since being posted, Melissa's hack has been shared almost 4,000 times and has received over 10,000 comments—mostly from moms who wish they knew about the trick earlier.
While it certainly worked for Melissa, who got herself 20 minutes of quiet time, it should be noted that experts say babies should typically sleep alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines advise parents to "avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys" and to leave the crib bare.
That being said, Melissa's baby hack seems to be fine for a short nap. And it looks like little Olivia didn't mind at all.
“I did sit with her and she wasn’t upset when she woke up, just looked a little confused."