One desperate mum got hilariously creative when attempting to exit her sleeping baby’s room undetected.
Caryn Morris of Durban, South Africa, had just managed to get her 15-month-old son, Brody, to sleep after spending hours trying to coax him into a slumber.
“We had guests at home for dinner and because he sensed people were around he was moaning and wanted to get out of the cot. Every time I walked out the room he would stand up and moan,” said the 32-year-old mum in an interview.
We’ve all been there! Eyes peeled on our supposedly sleeping baby, making slow, measured movements as we reverse out of the room in an attempt to get to the door and close it softly behind us without the
terror treasure waking.
Only to reach the door to look up and see them staring back at you, threatening to let out a wail. BUSTED!
When all else fails …
After trying everything to get him to settle, she decided to plant herself down beside his cot in the hope that he would eventually drift off.
“I decided to sit on the floor next to the cot so he could see me. He then just lay there with his eyes a little bit open. I lay back and noticed he didn’t flinch or move or try and get out the cot,” she said.
That’s when things got interesting. Not willing to risk waking baby Brody, Caryn decided on a different exiting technique.
“I slithered a little bit and he still remained on his side. Before I knew I had made it out the door and he hadn’t moved. I was too nervous to go back in the room to see if his eyes were open.”
Then came the video footage
Caryn’s husband, Tyrone, posted the hilarious footage from their baby camera to his Facebook page.
“The best thing about having cameras in your house is watching your wife trying to exit the room after putting your son down!! Sometimes you have to use your initiative for your exit!!” Wrote the highly amused husband.
The best thing about having cameras in your house is watching your wife trying to exit the room after putting your son down!! Sometimes you have to use your initiative for your exit!! PS The SA Army are calling me for you to do training on the reverse leopard crawl !!
Posted by Tyrone Morris on Saturday, 14 January 2017
“P.S The SA Army are calling me for you to do training on the reverse leopard crawl!!” He joked on the post.
“I have done the same”
The video has since clocked up over 1.2 million views, with many commenters posting similar stories of desperation.
“I have tears from crying! She is really scooting across the floor! I promise I have done the same but different techniques,” wrote one commenter.
“Mines more of a drop on the ground and crawl away,” wrote another.
“I’ve had to pull a few tricks myself .. nothing this gangster though!” wrote another amused commenter.
Flaw in the “slither” technique?
But before you try the “slither” at home, you should know it isn’t a fail-proof technique. Be sure to assess your individual surroundings for noise minefields before you attempt the move. As one mum found out the hard way.
“I did this last night. I thought I had the floor boards worked out. Apparently not,” the mum wrote.
One thing is for sure, it is definitely a universally shared parenting experience.
The power of a sleeping baby
Whether you ninja crawl, drop and roll, slither or scoot your way out, it just goes to show that a sleeping baby will convince a grown human to do just about anything to ensure it stays that way.
Has this been you at some point? Share your own exit technique in the Facebook comments.