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Don't Wake The Baby

If you have ever looked after a young baby, you will recognize that phrase.

Sleep or nurse

A very young baby sleeps a lot but often only for short intervals before waking for another feed. It's intensive work looking after a small baby and you really appreciate the peace and quiet, if only for a few minutes, that you get when the baby is asleep. After all, you can't set them in front of the TV or send them out to play! And I am not a fan of leaving them to cry - they feel they have been abandoned. My youngest grandchild is 6 months old and I do a fair amount of looking after him, while his mother is working on her computer. My husband and I tend to take him for a walk in the morning and he is usually asleep by the end of it. We leave him back with his mother and if he remains asleep, she gets a bit more time to work online.

Is It Usually Men?

Those who have not had the care of a very young child often do not seem to realize just how much work is involved and how exhausting it is and that if the baby is asleep, then you do everything possible to keep them that way if you can. Most men do not have that level of child care and those who do, realize very well how precious that sleep is. My daughter is having work done to her house and the workman (a friend of theirs) was there when we returned with a sleeping baby. We passed him going in and he must have seen the baby was sleeping. Of course, maybe it was nothing he would take notice of, not having had the care of small children, even his own! He came into the kitchen, where the baby's pram had been left, to get water and said, very loudly, "hello young man, how are you?" to the back of the pram, not even looking at the baby to see whether he was awake. Of course, the child woke. GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

He Disappeared Very Quickly

I think he realized how annoyed I was, because he disappeared very fast. Maybe he thought he was going to be landed with the job of putting the child back to sleep again! Unfortunately, the baby would not go back to sleep and he ended up a bit grumpy for a few hours until it was time for his next sleep. And being grumpy is not like him, he is usually a very placid and easy going child.

We All Need Our Sleep.

Even adults need their sleep, even more so young children. If you see a sleeping baby, try not to wake them PLEASE. The parent or carer will be very grateful.

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Kasman wrote on September 17, 2018, 6:38 PM

Yep, I remember those happy days of little sleep, wandering about like a zombie, falling asleep in the supermarket queue and being late for work 'cos our first (my Wingman of my hillwalking adventures) only seemed to need about two hours sleep a day! Our second was better - or was it us who had learned how to cope with a baby?

MegL wrote on September 17, 2018, 6:47 PM

Probably both!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 18, 2018, 12:18 PM

We are out of the baby day care business, as we are both too old and grumpy to deal with baby diapers, feeding and such. I like to see them when they bring the great grand baby boy over, but once we made it clear we don't do day care any more, we haven't had a visit from them lately. LOL

MegL wrote on September 18, 2018, 7:04 PM

I am old and grumpy too but it hasn't made any difference! I have two sleeping over tonight and in the morning they have to be fed, dressed in school uniform and walked to school. There is a storm due here at 8am!!!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 18, 2018, 7:49 PM

Well, you have your work cut out for you. :)

MegL wrote on September 19, 2018, 4:49 AM

Luckily, the storm seems to have arrived early and moved on. It was wet underfoot but not raining, just a bit blowy and fairly mild.

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2018, 7:17 AM

Ah. I don't know how women handle it, frankly. I have serious sleeping issues, and it would drive me over the edge, I'm convinced! As to the letting the baby cry bit... I have to disagree on that one. If you pick it up at every whimper, you'll probably be doing the baby a disservice. You know how it is crying. There are different types of crying. Also you'll know the normal behavior of the child. A small amount of crying is actually good for the baby, particularly the lungs. So most doctors will not suggest too quick a response to crying, except perhaps during the night?