Sleepy Baby Talk
If you have a baby, you probably don’t have sleep
Not shocking, right? But did you know that parents with a newborn can lose up to 44 days or more of sleep during the first year of having a baby? That’s 2.9 hours per night you’re not getting. Some studies say that number can be as high as 6 months of lost sleep within the first 2 years. So if you have a baby, don’t expect to sleep like one.
So even though you’re sleeping less because of your newborn, they’re getting plenty of sleep. Being a baby is hard work. Due to the rapid growth early on in life, babies need a lot more sleep. If they are sleep deprived, this can actually lead to even less sleep. So by all means – let your baby get some sleep.
Infants that are put to bed when they’re drowsy, instead of when they’re asleep, will most likely become “self soothers.” This is great for parents because it allows babies to fall asleep on their own, and if they wake up in the middle of the night, they’ll be likely to fall back asleep. Without you having to get out of bed. That’s a major bonus!
Dads with newborns get less sleep than moms.
Don’t shoot the messenger. I know I’ve got women screaming at this one. But research showed that men typically got less sleep than women, even though the women woke up more frequently. Probably because we’re laying there feeling guilty about letting our wives take care of the baby. Again. And let me tell you, guys…you don’t want to be fast asleep, sawing logs when your wife comes back in the room after her 3rd time up that night. This is the voice of experience. Just don’t do it.
Quiet. Baby’s sleeping.
You may not be sleeping, but Jr. most definitely is. On average, babies get about 15-15 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Of course, your experience may differ.