6 things not to say to a sleep-deprived mother

Sleeping Popple

1. “I’m really tired too.”

Are you? Are you really? Because I’m willing to bet that you got more than one hour of uninterrupted sleep last night before a very small person woke you up and demanded your boob.

2. “Have you tried [insert really obvious suggestion here]?”

No, I never considered giving her a dummy. Thanks for the tip!

3. “Just let them cry it out.”

The Popple sleeps less than a foot from my face. Even if I wanted to let her cry herself to sleep (which I don’t), not even the best earplugs in the world could block out the sound.

4. “Sleep when the baby sleeps.”

The Popple only naps when she’s on the move. But when I figure out how to push a pram/bounce a baby while asleep, I’ll let you know how that’s working out for me.

5. “My baby was sleeping through the night at that age.”

I hate you and your stupid sleepy baby. Sorry, that was rude. I just really need a nap.

6. “Don’t worry – it’s just a phase.”


4 Replies to “6 things not to say to a sleep-deprived mother”

  1. Haha I’ve just read this – my very first post was basically also this post. Great minds. Mine is still crap now and I still want to punch all of these people.

  2. Oh man, there’s a woman at work that keeps telling me how tired she is EVERY SINGLE DAY! And i’m all ‘Oh really, mm hmm, yeah I mean my child was up from 2am to 5am for the last 3 nights in a row but you just moan away’ :-/

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