We all have things to do and we all have our own personal insanity beeper that starts to go off when we've done nothing outside of care for a newborn for so long.
Pediatricians never worry about whether babies get enough sleep, only whether parents are getting enough sleep. Mark Widome, answers some of viewer’s most frequent questions about new babies, sleep, and how to survive the first few months. Sleep requirements for babies vary greatly — as they do for adults.
But, on average, a newborn baby needs about twice as much sleep as an adult. Of course, infant sleep is broken up into very small chunks: a baby who nurses every 2 to 3 hours is likely to take at least a short nap between most of those feeds.
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For many moms, this is a good thing—after all, how many times do you want to babyproof your house or shop for the latest breast pump?
Will I get eight hours of sleep any time in this decade? Granted, there were some crazy days (and nights), but nearly two years later my daughters are fun-loving buddies, the Lucy and Ethel of the preschool set.
Like me, most women I've talked to about spacing siblings say they can't imagine a better scenario for their family than the one they've got.Not long after the babies in my daughter Mirabel's playgroup turned 1, several moms stopped losing their baby weight and started, well, expanding again.As one woman after another announced that she was pregnant with Baby #2, the rest started wondering aloud: Is it too soon to have the next one? It seemed as if some of us just took the plunge, while others were trying to figure out the optimum timing.As much as the idea of snuggling up with a newborn all day long for days (err, months) on end sounds kind of nice at first, when you get in the thick of it (i.e.you haven't brushed your teeth since yesterday, your stomach has been making sounds that would scare a bear away and the last time you showered was, well, you can't even remember when) you start to think that while this was nice for a few days or even weeks, now it's lost a bit of it's charm.For example, it is common for a 4 month old's 4th nap of the day to be a catnap, as well as a 7 month old's 3rd nap.