A Nerf gun might soon become a hospital bag must have for mums-to-be after one woman shared her hilarious hack having learned from past experiences.
Samantha Mravik-Miller already has two boys, an 11 year old and a five year old, and remembered her husband had slept through a lot of the parenting at the birth of her youngest son.
At the time, she resorted to launching water bottles at the love of her life in a bid to get a helping hand with the new baby – but she wasn’t going to let him get away with it this time round.
Samantha, from Wisconsin, told Romper that alongside the usual essentials like slippers, a robe, and a few snacks from home, she arrived at the hospital armed with one of her son’s Nerf guns for ‘better aim’.
“Worried about the nights in the hospital with your new born and dad sleeping?
“Well… then don’t forget one of these in your hospital bag.”
Any time her other half decided he needed a little shut eye, Samantha figured she could jolt him awake with the feel of a foam pellet bouncing off his forehead.
The threat of the secret weapon alone was enough to do the trick, as Samantha warned her husband he ‘better sleep with one eye open’ when he discovered it – meaning it never needed to be put into action.
Samantha said: “It came about because when my son was born my husband slept through him crying when we were in the hospital three nights in a row.
“I had lost my voice due to being on oxygen and one of the nights my call button was also out of reach and I remember having to throw an empty water bottle at him to try and wake him up to help me get our crying baby.
“This pregnancy I was having a scheduled C-section so I knew I would need even more help than the previous delivery.
“I was cleaning up my house before leaving the morning of the C-section and as I was putting away toys I thought to myself ‘I’ll have better aim with this than a water bottle!’
“Being a boy mom, nerf guns are everywhere around here – the darts are the boys’ equivalent to glitter
“I had totally forgot I packed it by the time I asked him to get me something from my bag.
“All the nurses thought it was hilarious and I left it out for the weekend.
“I’m happy to say I never did have to use it.”
The post was shared more than 16,000 times and 8,500 people have commented on the brilliant idea, as many vouched to steal it for themselves.
Some mums even tagged their partners in the post as an ominous warning.
One wrote: “Yes because you slept so hard last time Imma be prepared.”
A second replied: “This will be a game changer if we ever have another one
A third added: “Definitely packing this haha.”