Close Close
Mother and Baby

New Mum’s Hilarious Sleep Solutions Spoof Goes Viral

Exhausted and expressing the frustrations of new mum, Ava Neyer's hilarious essay that pokes fun at the often confusing and contradictory baby sleep advice dished out by parenting experts has become a social media sensation.

Up all night and not getting lucky? Like many exhausted new mums, Ava Neyer read stacks of books about baby sleep but nothing seemed to work for her twins, one a night owl and one an early bird.  So the 31 year old from Fort Bragg, North Carolina in America penned a spoof of contradictory parenting advice online to vent her frustrations. 

Pouring out her new-mum frustrations in a 728-word rant that was shared on a friend’s Tumblr account, the mum of twin boys, now five months, highlights how, after reading all the 'top books', blogs and websites on baby sleep and development, she struggled to make sense of the conflicting and often confusing instructions.

Here are some of our favourite sleep solutions from Neyer….

  • ‘Keep the room warm, but not too warm.’
  • ‘Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby.’
  • ‘Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly.’
  • ‘You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Don’t watch the clock. Put them on a schedule.’
  • ‘You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you.’
  • ‘Put them on their backs to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed.’
  • ‘Cosleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never, ever do it. If your baby doesn’t die, you will need to bedshare until college.’

For the full mum-blog, click here.

Inevitably, her take on parenting advice has starting trending globally, striking a chord with many sleep deprived mums across the world that have also been pacing the landing at 3am.

On Reddit, the new-mum rant has attracted more than 140 comments, with the majority of users agreeing with her sentiments.  One dad, Misterpickles69 wrote, 'Super accurate. Me and my wife just ignored all the "advice" and just followed the cues he [the baby] was giving us.’

Since becoming a social-media hit, Neyer said that rather than reading parenting books, ‘a lot of it is learning to read your children'.

‘I didn't expect people to like it as much as they did!’ she added.

Here at Mother&Baby we’re all about finding the right sleep solutions for you and your baby.  This article on the common sleep mistakes all new parents make seems to resonate with you all...

Do you lose sleep trying to figure out all of the sleep solutions for your baby? Let us know in the comment box below.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?