Mum shares GENIUS hack for keeping baby asleep while you have a shower

A mum has shared the genius trick she uses to get her baby to keep sleeping while she has time to drink her coffee (while it's still hot!) or take a shower.

Every parent would attest to the fact that drinking any sort of beverage while it's still hot or have a two minute shower uniterrupted becomes considerably harder once you welcome a little bundle of joy into your life.

Babies rely on you so much when they're little, it can be hard to get moments like that to yourself.

However, one mum found a way to keep your baby happy and asleep while you get your little moments of me-time - and it's surprisingly easy.

The hack was shared on the Facebook page 'Baby hints and tips', which they captioned: 'Parenting level 100 unlocked. #genius'.

It consists of placing a rubber glove filled with liquid across her stomach, which makes babies think they're still being held.

Alongside the snap, the mum wrote: 'Going on for 20 minutes now and she hasn't realised. She will crack it when she wakes up but for now I actually get to finish my coffee!'

The post has since gone viral, being shared over 3,000 times and receiving over 10,000 comments - mostly from people tagging each other to share the clever trick.

One wrote: 'This is what Frankie needs when he's being clingy on the couch'; while another commented: 'Wish I'd thought of that at the time'.

Another mum also added: 'Haha love it. She’s currently sleeping on my chest and won’t go anywhere else now it seems!'

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According to Australian news site, the creator of the genius post is mum Melissa Dykstra, who has a one-year-old daughter called Olivia.

Speaking to the publication, the mum said the trick allowed to have some much needed time while her daughter had a particularly 'clingy' period.

She said: 'It gave me enough time for a shower and to finish my coffee while it was still hot.

'I did sit with her and she wasn't upset when she woke up, just looked a little confused.

'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.'

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Mariana Cerqueira
Lifestyle Editor

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for and My Imperfect Life. She joined the team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.