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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.”


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