New Mom Secret: I Wake Up 10 Times a Night to Check My Baby

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


My son is 6 months old and started sleeping from 8:30 to 6:30 a few weeks ago. Even before that, he was a pretty good sleeper, so we rarely had to get up for long with him. Still, we did get up and I got used to it. But now I am still getting no sleep. I think about him constantly and I set my alarm to wake me up just so I can check his breathing. I realize this is crazy and I should appreciate my son's sleeping, but I am totally neurotic about it. My husband thinks I am nuts. Some nights I am even up every hour just to make sure he is OK. Is this going to ever stop? -- Anonymous

A couple weeks could be normal. You could just be adjusting to the change of your son sleeping so long. But a couple months could be some kind of OCD situation.

All moms have the instinct to watch their baby's chest rise and fall. It's one of the best parts of new motherhood. But 10 times a night is extreme and disruptive. I wouldn't let this go on too long before you get help.

Do you have any advice for this mom?

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