Now I Lay Her Down to Sleep (the Honest Version)

Please, God, make this baby sleep

Now I Lay Her Down to Sleep

(the Honest Version)


Now I lay her down to sleep,

I beg the Lord, “Eight hours, please!

May angels watch her through the night,

and keep her eyelids sealed up tight.

If she should cry before I wake,

just once, Lord, let the monitor break.” 


Wishing all my fellow parents eight hours of undisturbed sleep—tonight and every night . . .

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P.S. Photo credit goes to my friend Julie Moon, who is not only a talented photographer, but an organizing genius who blogs at Neat & Pretty.

In case you want to pin this, or share it with a fellow sleep-deprived mom . . . here are graphics of a boy version and girl version of this poem! Happy sleeping.

Now I Lay Him Down to Sleep (The Honest Version-Boy) - when babies won't sleep

Now I Lay Her Down to Sleep (The Honest Version-Girl)-baby sleep schedules

Author: Elizabeth Laing Thompson VIEW ALL AUTHORS POSTS

Elizabeth works from home as a writer, editor, diaper changer, baby snuggler, laundry slayer, not-so-gourmet chef, kid chauffeur, floor mopper, dog groomer, and tantrum tamer. She is always tired, but it's mostly the good kind.


  • Jeanie Shaw April 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Haha. Love this. So true.

  • Jessa April 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Such a beautiful photo!

  • Bonnie Lyn Smith April 10, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I have a friend in mind to share this with! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Susan April 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Ha! Thanks for making my morning bright. Sharing this with my young mom friends. 🙂

  • Sara Engel April 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Such a sweet photo

  • Chris Carter April 24, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Oh those need to be printed and framed for all new parents!!!

    • Elizabeth Laing Thompson April 24, 2015 at 3:21 am

      Haha, thanks! 🙂

  • Anneil April 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    This would make an awesome gift for new parents at a baby shower.

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