Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Jan says

    Both I and my wife found “sleep when the baby sleeps” really helpful and useful advice. I guess everyone is different!

  2. Felicia says

    Utter nonsense, most mothers do not sleep or try rest when their baby sleeps. Putting out opinionated and unfounded articles like this just causes confusion, all to sell a couple of e books??? I would not have survived without sleeping or just resting when my baby slept. Irresponsible article

    • Danielle says

      Hi Felicia,
      Thanks for reading The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry you didn’t like this article. Our sleep advice is as evidence-based as possible, but we also work with parents around the world, and there is considerable difference in what is “normal” when it comes to sleep in different cultures. For example, I stayed home with my babies and absolutely napped whenever my babies did, since I wasn’t getting good night sleep. This is not to say that everybody should go off and do that if there are other good options, but we do want to encourage parents to find a way to get everybody sleeping in healthy ways that work for their unique families and specific circumstances. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to sleep. I hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any questions!

    • Krystal says

      This is so true for me. I am completely drained. My husband is deployed and we don’t have family close by or friends that are available. For the last 3wks I’ve been taking care of our 6wk old alone. It’s difficult to sleep when the baby sleeps as there are dishes, laundry, and errands to be done as well as taking care of our dog and taking time for myself to at least shower. On top of that our son has reflux and has been consistently congested so he doesn’t always go down easy or for long unless I hold him upright. I was beginning to feel like a failure as a mom and that maybe my time management skills weren’t as good as I thought. Thank you for this article!

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Krystal – Thank you for taking the time to write and hang in there! We know how tough this time can be!

      • Patty says

        The dog needs a new home. That’s too much extra work!

  3. Maitha says

    Yeah it’s true
    I’m writing this comment while watching my 2 months son fall asleep for 1:30 now ?.

  4. Hannah says

    THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!! This was my #1 most hated comment after I had my son. How the heck was i supposed to just quickly fall asleep on top of the new mom paranoia. Also, thank you for mentioning the PP insomnia. I unfortunatly had some postpartum issues and the PP insomnia was my number 1 symptom. I have gotten help and this is improving, but it is very real.

    • Jessica Diller says

      @Hannah I’m sorry to hear about the post partum insomnia and other issues you experienced after having your son. I am so glad to hear that you were able to get help, and that it is improving for you. You are right, it is a very real issue and sadly, many parents do not get the help that they need. As for your son’s sleep, keep hanging in there. It will get better! : )