6 Strategies for New Parents to Deal With Exhaustion (PHOTOS)

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crying babySoooooo, let me guess -- since your baby arrived, you're more exhausted than you've ever been in your entire life and can't remember the last time you had a really decent full night of sleep. Sound about right?

It's no big secret that babies and sleep deprivation go hand in hand, but wait until you hear exactly how much zzz's many new parents are actually losing.

According to a survey conducted by memory foam mattress company Ergoflex, moms and dads lose 44 days of sleep due to their baby's crying during the first year.

Are you freakin' kidding me?

Forty-four days?!? Uh, that's kind of a long time. I mean, I always figured I was losing at least a couple hours a night when my son was a baby, but I never did the math and added it all up. No wonder I pretty much resembled a walking zombie up until his first birthday. (Ok, his third. But who's counting?)

Sheesh! No wonder so many parents find themselves obsessing over when their infant is finally going to sleep through the night.

But if knowing you aren't suffering alone isn't enough to help ease your worries a bit, check out these photos for some surefire ways to help cope with your baby's bouts of nighttime crying. Maybe you can score some rest and gain back a few hours out of those 44 days.


Image via Mary Fischer

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Lilit... Lilith.23

With my eldest i had a meltdown and my oh decided that this hot mess needed a good night sleep and he booked me a hotel room and took care of my son à whole night! What a loving man! Lol

truthfully nothing works, you gotta be there for you baby when he yells,scream ect until the "full nights" begin.

Cleme... Clemency3

So seriously? get ear plugs or turn the tv up? what about everyone else in the house that has to sleep like siblings? Ok..I will ignore a newborn crying (which is not recommended) but everyone else has to listen to it...no thanks. Hide..for real? I sure hope that these were meant to make people laugh and not take seriously. I agree with..going to bed earlier and also sleep when baby sleeps (if you can). 

nonmember avatar Kristi

I appear to be one lucky mom. My kids slept through the night each by 3 months and I am blessed with the gift of falling asleep right away. Wake up feed baby and go right back to bed.

suene... suenemeth

Shake a rattle to instantly stop an infant from crying. Learned this little trick from my kid's pediatrician who always shook a rattle just after administering an injection. Brilliant!

Sheela Fernandez

notice the LOL tag over the title...
it's meant as a joke, people 

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