How NOT To Deal With A Hangover When You’re A Parent

Before we had children alcohol featured fairly prominently in our lives, after work cocktails, meals out with copious amounts of wine, cosy nights in sharing a drink or 2.

I was never one to say no to a glass or two of wine (I’m still not).  My husband is the same.  In fact we are both known for the habit of going for “one drink” only to rock up home at midnight (last tube dilemmas in London).  With the next days horrific hangover fixed with scummy maccies breakfast and sleeping the day away.


Then we had children.

And while alcohol features less in our lives it does still feature.  And so do hangovers.

One such occurrence was after a brunch extravaganza.  Not sure what a Dubai brunch is?  3 hours of unlimited food and alcohol.

Your glass is never empty.


We hit the champagne package.  The boys were with wonderful babysitters from Babies and Beyond, a couple of glasses in we loosened up.  Another glass and we forgot about the potential of dealing with a hangover the next day.  So we carried on.

And then the next day arrived.


Then we proceeded to do everything you shouldn’t do while trying to deal with a hangover when you’re a parent……

How NOT To Deal With A Hangover When You’re A Parent


Go to soft play.  You might think that it’s a great idea, that the Toddler will run round, use up all the excess energy he had, while you sit sipping hot coffee while the baby naps in the pram.  The reality will be you clambering round soft play, with a sweaty pukey sheen while the baby screams blue murder.

Watching him jump into the balls at softplay....

Watching him jump into the balls at softplay….


Decide to potty train.  Avoid all drinking while training.  You know there will be poo on the floor.  Up the walls.  Down their legs.  On the toys.  Up the stairs.  In general poo everywhere.  Just wait until a period of complete sobriety before commencing.  Definitely not one to deal with while hungover.

The dreaded potty....

The dreaded potty….


Let your none napping Toddler nap. Not only will you have an epic hour battle to get him to close his eyes you know it won’t coincide with when the baby sleeps so you’ll always have one of them awake. And those 5 minutes of peace will not be worth it when the Toddler is running round like the Tasmanian Devil at 10:30pm…..


Rely on the lie in. Even if it’s your turn you know you’ll end up getting up. Face the horror together. TOGETHER. And if you’re husband still won’t shift from the bed – he owes you big time. Like maybe a spa day big time.


Just don’t.

Until next time, when this:



Once again calls your name and you are too weak to say no.

Just remember that McDonalds breakfast helps, kind of……

**This post may have been inspired by my most recent hangover and what I decided to do – learn from me, don’t do this to yourself**

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    • October 19, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      You’d think as we got older we’d get wiser as well?

  1. October 19, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Oh my goodness, I am bookmarking this! I graduate next week and there is a massive night out planned. Unfortunately my boyfriend is going out the next night so I will have a very short amount of time to recover from my hangover and be alive enough to deal with a toddler. I will most certainly be needing this guide!

    Love this post, gave me a good giggle!
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    • October 19, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      Oh no!!! Bad planning with the nights out! That means he has to get up and take over the next day as well as you had to!

      And graduating is much bigger than a night out so you win!

      Massive congrats on graduation x

  2. October 19, 2015 / 11:41 am

    This is exactly why I don’t drink lol. Can’t be dealing with the hangover with the kids, just not worth it. Made me chuckle!
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    • October 19, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Very very sensible!!

  3. October 19, 2015 / 11:43 am

    I never had the chance to be someone where alcohol was predominantly in my life seeing as I was only 16 when I had my first, and even now we (as a couple) very rarely drink, one or two glasses a year maybe. But this post has made me chuckle.
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    • October 19, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Definitely sensible! I think part of the problem was working in a culture where after work drinks were the norm, where sunshine equalled pimms on the river….. I need to snap out of that mentality and remember that a. One drink and I’m on the floor and b. The 2 small people have no sympathy!

    • October 19, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Indeed. I hope people heed my warning!

  4. October 19, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Hangovers with kids are just a whole world of hurt. Don’t… expect to feel fine again two days later. Don’t…think cooking a roast will fix you. Don’t…do it again for a very very long time 😉 x MMT #fartglitter
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    • October 19, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Haha oh yes when you become a parent your hangovers last for 3 days minimum! X

  5. October 19, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I couldn’t think of anything worse than going to soft play with a hangover lol! It actually gives me a headache just thinking about it…. a room full of sreaming kids when all I want is to stay in bed!

    Gemma xx

    • October 19, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      It seemed like such a clever idea, he’d burn off energy, I’d sit and sip coffee…..

    • October 19, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Just about. Moral of the story…… champagne is bad.

  6. October 19, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    I don’t think i’ve ever had a hangover since being a parent in 3+ years! Wow I need to get a life haha!!! I just don’t seem to have the time drink. Great post x

    • October 19, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      Don’t do it. Stay sensible and safe and untormented by hangover! My other problem of course is I am now a light weight! X

  7. October 19, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    This is the exact reason I don’t tend to drink (a lot, maybe a little) when I know ive got a toddler to look after the next day. I normally get nanny to look after him so I get to sit in bed all day and eat rubbish food. Being ill when having a child is bad enough, let alone a self inflicted hangover haha!

    Commenting to you from #Love2Blog 🙂
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      We definitely indulge when my mum comes out to visit and will take the boys. Expat problems (and my mum comes from Derby 😉 )

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Ooh enjoy Friday, survive Saturday! X

  8. October 19, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Alcohol features MORE prominently in our lives since having kids – being a parent could quite easily turn me into a functioning alcoholic! #fartglitter
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      There is also that part. Wine at home has no alcohol though right?

  9. October 19, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Uh-oh! It always seems like such a good idea the night before. Soft play – wow. Just wow! I usually need to psych myself up for weeks, let alone attempt it with a hangover. However, I did go when six months pregnant. That was exhausting! #fartglitter

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      We’ve been doing a lot of soft play so I thought I was desensitized. I was wrong….

  10. October 19, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Great post. Kind of glad I don’t drink often as the idea of soft play with a hangover doesn’t sound fun.

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      We don’t drink often but when we go out we go out hard. Rookie error. Rookie error every time!

  11. October 19, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Ha, this made me chuckle and is exactly why I haven’t drunk excessively since my kids were born. I used to be horrific with hangovers and hangovers and kids is just a terrible combination! x
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      They definitely are. Kids have no respect for “please don’t bounce on me I’m going to vomit” x

  12. October 20, 2015 / 2:36 am

    This will be me on sunday. I haven’t been out in a long time and it’s my best friends thirtieth birthday party on saturday night. Luckily granny is visiting so I’m praying for a lie in. x
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Enjoy Saturday!! And good luck Sunday – that’s what granny is for! X

  13. October 20, 2015 / 3:58 am

    I don’t drink at all – I never really liked being drunk & just stopped drinking entirely at 19. This is really making me giggle (sorry!). Everyone says you’re odd when you’re teetotal. People think it’s strange, people mock. Then everyone gets pregnant & become parents & suddenly no one is laughing anymore. Except for maybe the teetotalers. Just quietly though. Behind our hands. Again, sorry about that! 😉
    PS. Soft play is just as bad when not hungover, as far as I’m concerned! #fartglitter
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      I don’t think you’re odd. I think you’re very very very sensible! You can laugh in my face…. I don’t mind now I look back its amusing!

  14. October 20, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I love this. I am not a big drinker as I don’t handle hangovers very well and the thought of dealing with my adorable nutcase of a little boy whilst feeling worse for wear sends shivers down my spine. I am going away for a weekend soon though so I may try and have a few drinks in the hope that Nanny and Grandad keep him a bit longer the next day 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday x
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      That’s what Nanny and Grandads do – it’s their job! And even if you don’t have a few go for the extra time to spend SLEEPING! X

  15. October 20, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Ha! You completely had me at your title…I had found a like minded soul. Brilliant post. Hard when your heart says, ‘more, more’ at 11pm, but that tiny little brain part squeaks…’NO! The kids will have you awake in just a few hours!’ Awesome! #TwinklyTuesday
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      But the tiny brain NEVER EVER wins!!

  16. October 20, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Oh I’ve so been here! I remember taking my kids to soft play when feeling awful. My husband was even worse and looked like a creepy inappropriate man curled up in the corner of the baby section! And the coffee at soft play is usually terrible! I remember another time dragging my very hung over husband on a fairy walk. Actually typing this comment is making me realise I’ve tortured my hung over husband!
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Hahaha creepy inappropriate man. I left mine sat head in hands on the stairs as I just couldn’t deal with him! We went to the soft play with Starbucks #forwardplanning

  17. October 20, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Oh lord softplay when you are hungover does not sound like fun at all you poor thing and baby had no clue lol.
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      It’s even less fun than normal soft play!

  18. October 20, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Good tips, I would definitely make the mistake of soft play would be an easy option! #twinklytuesday

    • October 20, 2015 / 8:30 pm

      Even the most independent of children seem to need mummy or daddy on the most hungover days!

  19. October 20, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Feeling hanging at soft play is literally the worst thing in the world, it’s bad enough on a normal day but when you’re heading is pounding and you feel like you’re about to vom, it’s just not fun is it!! I don’t drink much these days but on the odd occasion I do then I definitely pay the next day! #twinklytuesday
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      I find that it’s because of sleep deprivation, I feel hungover when I’m not when the boys have me up all hours so add an actual hangover **shudder**

  20. October 20, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    This post is so appropriate for my mummy. She had a wicked hangover on Saturday morning and actually puked while I was napping!! Not a good sound or look! Urgh… #TwinklyTuesday x
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    • October 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      Oh no! Well at least your mummy waited until you napped rather than puking in front of you, we always have to look at the silver lining….. x

    • October 24, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Ahhh not hated, jealous of your sensible nature 🙂

  21. October 21, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Haha, this is me so often. Our soft play is in an arcade- the noise and smells are tough when I’m not suffering, forget it with a hangover! In fact there’s very little I can do except pop Nemo on and pretend not to have a nap. Thankfully my wife has much more self control than me and usually covers me on my occasional hangover days.

    Thanks so much for linking up with #fartglitter xxx

    • October 24, 2015 / 9:54 pm

      You see the husband is the bad influence encouraging “one more” and is often an instigator of shots…. And I’m no better. One of us needs to decide to be the sensible one! X

  22. October 23, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Oh yes, all of these. I hate being hungover nowadays and do try not to be! I can deal with a little headache but hanging with a toddler is just not good! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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    • October 24, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Hanging is never good, you’d think the husband would have learnt from then. He didn’t. So I set the Toddler on him….

  23. January 4, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I love this! It had me belly laughing! Everything is so spot on! Thank you for giving me a Monday morning giggle! Xx

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