21 Hilarious Confessions From Sleep Deprived Parents

21 Hilarious Confessions From Sleep Deprived Parents

Nothing can prepare you for the sleep deprivation you feel when you have a new baby.

It’s not just one interrupted night of sleep, it’s many, and they all seem to mash into one other. At which point your brain starts to play tricks on you.

From imagining things that haven’t happened, to mixing bizarre items up, it’s hard not to feel like a total fruitloop some days.

If you’re pregnant and expecting a baby, I’m really sorry you just had to read that. But I promise you, it’s worth it! It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

Quick, time to cue the humour…

Confessions From Sleep Deprived Parents

Here are 21 sleep deprived parent confessions from BellyBelly’s fans:

#1: “I sat down to peeing with my underwear still on.”

#2:I put cartoons on for my bub so I could lay and relax for 5. Woke up an hour later with a completely destroyed kitchen, there were sponges and chucks cloths every where, she had emptied every alfoil and baking paper roll she could find all over the kitchen floor.

#3: “I tried to attach the dog lead to my son while trying to take him to school.”

#4: “Woke up looked in the bassinet and saw one of my twins sleeping soundly frantically got up to look for my second baby only to realise. I never had twins.

#5:Woke up in the middle of the night to my baby crying and started patting his bum back to sleep… Only to realise I hadn’t got out of bed yet and was actually patting my husbands bum.

#6: “I drove to daycare after work to pick up my daughter. I freaked out at the daycare teacher for “losing my child!” (and I mean completely hysterical) until the director had to calm me down and remind me that my daughter doesn’t go to daycare on that day and that she was, in fact, safe and happy at home with her dad.”

#7: “I got in the shower, water running…. with clothes and glasses still on.”

#8: “I used an entire bottle of bubble bath in one bath – I spaced out and just kept pouring.”

#9: “I undressed my kids, washed them, then put them back into their pyjamas instead of their school clothes.”

#10:When my 3 month old was in the hospital, I fell asleep in a recliner while nursing him. I woke up and freaked out, thinking he had fallen down the cracks or was stuck in the blankets. I looked up and one of the nurses had taken him from me, and had tucked him into his cot while I was asleep… woke up with boob still out and all.

#11:I’ve been driving, and panicked when I realized I hadn’t buckled my kids booster seats in. Only to realize kids are at grandmas.”

#12:I was so tired that when the baby cried at night I had the dream that I was already feeding her so I don’t have to get up.

#13:I had just finished breastfeeding my son when there was a knock at the door. I answered it, it was a policeman. He was enquiring if I’d heard anything the morning before, as there had been an attempted robbery with one of my neighbours. Anyway he was looking at me odd until I mentioned that the baby was sleeping at that time so I was too. With that, he grinned gave me a wink and walked off. I thought it was odd until I went to open my curtains and they brushed my chest. My boob had been out the whole time.”

#14: “I put my wallet in the freezer and the frozen peas in my handbag.”

#15:I’ve been so tired, I thought my husband’s shirt was my pair of shorts, and tried putting it on.

#16: “Went to the store and thought “Oh yeah, I need paprika.” Forgot I had bought paprika. Returned to the grocery store a few days later and thought “Oh yeh, I need paprika”. Repeat until I had 5 jars.”

#17:I went to get into the car and forgot I still had my toddler on my back in a carrier.

#18:I put toilet paper in the freezer

#19: “Went to the supermarket to quickly get some bread and was rocking and patting the bottom of the bread like it was my baby.”

#20: “I put hand soap on my toothbrush instead of toothpaste.”

#21: “I was due to work an afternoon shift and was exhausted. I had five minutes to myself and ‘just fell asleep’. I was woken by shouting and hammering on the door. When I opened the door, a police car was outside with it’s blue lights flashing, siren blaring, and all the neighbours were out. My crime? I had failed to report for duty (three hours prior – yay for three hours sleep!) because yes, I was a police officer at the time. An overzealous officer had misread the report and thought I had failed to report to work for three days. The report read: “Concern for officer. Has failed to report for work. All attempts to contact her have proved negative. Please attend as a priority”.

Don’t forget to read BellyBelly’s articles: 6 things to do when you need more sleep, 10 hilarious doorbell notes from tired parents and 14 reasons why we need to help new mothers get more sleep.

So, which was your favourite? Or do you have a secret confession to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


  1. I was going on my 6th day of 2 to 3 hours of sleep and was making breakfast, went to get my children up and couldn’t find my daughter. I looked everywhere! I called the police and they came out., gave my report as my mother called to see what time she was dropping her off. She had stayed the night with grandma.

  2. when my son was a few months old my husband and I had a routine where he would put our son to sleep, and then I would take him from him and put him in the bassinet next to me. Well one night I woke up and reached over my husband to get our son and he wasn’t there, I freaked out and scream “WHERES JASON!” And my husband woke up panicking and scared and I turned around and I had apparently already taken him and put him in the bassinet. So I went back to sleep but my husband was so freaked out he couldn’t fall asleep for another couple hours,

  3. My daughter wasn’t 2 months old yet. My husband’s cousin invited us to her graduation ceremony. His other auntie and her hubby n four kids were staying over that night as well. Hubby got home that night after work, we got ready i put bub in her portacot whilst i was loading the car. Car was loaded and i just got in. Hubby got in n asked me if bub was in the car, i said yes. We started pulling out and that’s when i realised that i left bub in the portacot. Oops

  4. I was so tired one night not to long ago that I straped my son in the swing and just let my daughter play in the living room and fell asleep.. Woke up a couple hours later to my daughter asleep on me and my son happily sleeping in the swing..

  5. I was so tired I wanted coffee… I got the whole pot ready and had put formula powder in the filter instead of coffee grounds

  6. I was soo tried that instead of getting baby undressed to get in bath I got undressed and got in bath and looking at baby thinking why he was on the floor and also falling asleep at denist while having a filling done and even started to snore. (Cringe) loool

  7. With newborn twins I was exhausted to say the least. Well, I got up to heat a bottle at 3am. Shuffled to the kitchen to warm it and went back to feed baby. Looked in the crib and one baby was missing. I freaked out and went screaming around the house. Well, I ran thru the living room, and whaydya know. There he was. All tucked in- in a laundry basket!!! I picked baby up to go get the bottle and must have laid him down while making the bottle. He was looking up at me like I was crazy when I rushed to his aid! Lol. Awful… That you can be so tired that you start misplacing your twins! They were 8 weeks old at the time. This was 10 years ago. Now we’re doing it again with our newborn baby boy. Yesterday I put a diaper in the sink instead of the trash.

  8. Very recently, I stopped at the gas station. Put my card in,entered my pin, lifted nozzle to put in gas tank. My 2 year old started yelling through the window so I went to tend to him while the gas was pumping. Few minutes later put nozzle back, got in my car and drove off only to realize I never even pumped gas. I had to turn back around to actually get gas.

  9. I was on the couch feeding my baby his bottle I’m my arms at 10 pm with my husband sitting next to me and half way through I looked over at the baby monitor and freaked out to why my baby wasn’t in his bed and didn’t know where he was

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