We All Need Some Sleep!: Best Reader Comments

sleep deprivationWhether it's realizing how much sleep we really lose when we have babies (ohmygod it's so much), or being shocked at unbelievable baby products, you all chimed in this week in baby news.

Here are the best reader comments of the bunch:


Julie filled us in on a scary statistic about how much sleep we lose when we have newborns. Six months!!! She asked if you thought that sounded right. Sona answered in the affirmative:

I'd believe it, too. Kavi is just about six months now, and I think I've probably averaged about four hours a night. On a really good night, she'll go six or seven hours, and on a bad one, even now, she'll get up once or twice.

But here's the clincher -- I don't go to bed when she goes to bed (or, for that matter, nap when she naps). She's in bed at ten usually, and I'll stay up for at least a few hours after that, catching up on work or trying to get a few hours of downtime. Guess that's one of the perils of working from home.

Michele showed us an incredibly disturbing floating device and bizarre photo of it in use. However, we all learned these floating collars (although most likely not the one in the picture) have another use thanks to Nancy Higgs:

A parent guided me to your commentary about neck floatation rings. Since I have sold 100s of them through my company (www.waterwaybabies.com), I feel I have enough authority to set the record straight. My focus is for infants and children up to teens who cannot move so well outside the water. So far, I've had 1 infant (with many problems) who didn't take to the device. The rest relish their new-found freedom in the water, which supports them and allows them to move on their own. But that's not all! Being able to move on one's own or move better creates self-actualization for the child and improves self-confidence. And....because the child is in a more upright position, there are opportunities for socialization -- with siblings and/or parents. All you have to do is watch some of the videos posted my myself or kids' parents.
And, btw, infant "swimming" has been shown to increase IQ so ALL infants benefit from time spent in the water. No, the ring does not mean you leave your child unattended. The ring enhances the ways in which you play with your child in the water....because you don't have to use both your hands just to hold the child there. I hope I've helped to clarify the uses and benefits of the WaterWayBabies System for you and others who might read your blog. Sincerely, Nancy

I asked who's "it" when the baby wakes up in the middle of the night and ourliss had a response that shows she and her partner truly get "it."

My husband and I would get up together on the vast majority of nights. We shared the responsibilities. If one was changing her, the other was making the bottle and feeding the baby. My husband also works late at night, so he has said that he enjoyed this ... though he is NOT an early riser by nature... because it gave him time that he would not otherwise have had to spend with his daughter. Now that she is nearly 2.5, yes she is sleeping through the night, we do play "not it" in the morning... but we mostly share tasks, with the understanding that I'm home more (though I work part time as well). I think sharing tasks isn't just about sharing workload, it's about bonding time, which they both need.

I told you the story of the blind couple who had their newborn taken away. Mommyof6 is a mom to a visually impaired daughter with her own baby, and she chimed in with another POV:

My daughter is a visually impaired single parent of 2 and has over come all of her fears caused by remarks and comment from others while she was pregnant!  there is no reason this baby should have been taken, it sadens me to know the ignorance of some people. Just because some one who is used to having their sight can not accept the ones who dont as "normal" people. My youngest granddaughter is a special needs baby, my daughter (who is visually impaired) has to cath her every 4 hours and i will not be ashamed to admit that i cant do it but she can! i can honestly say i have never once worried about my grand babies safety! as far as the the baby turning blue while being fed, i have seen that with parents with out visual impairments!! that, to me goes with improper teaching of a lactation nurse!

Julie told us about the Nap Nanny recall, and Krinkle thought we should consider user error:

People like to blame someone or something for any accident such as this. BUT just like when the Bumbo was recalled a few years ago, if they were using the product correctly this wouldn't have happened. AND if your child can roll over they should not be strapped into anything while they are sleeping. Entanglement is bound to happen. Parents need to make smart choices before the accidents happen. I don't hover over my child, but I also know I created, to the best of my ability, a safe environment for her. If she did get hurt, it is MY FAULT for not following the directions and using the products correctly.

I am sorry for the loss of this precious child. It is nothing any parent ever wants to experience. Hopefully the death of this child will encourage others to be more cautious.

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