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 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.
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