Don't Wake The Baby
If you have ever looked after a young baby, you will recognize that phrase.
Sleep or nurse
A very young baby sleeps a lot but often only for short intervals before waking for another feed. It's intensive work looking after a small baby and you really appreciate the peace and quiet, if only for a few minutes, that you get when the baby is asleep. After all, you can't set them in front of the TV or send them out to play! And I am not a fan of leaving them to cry - they feel they have been abandoned. My youngest grandchild is 6 months old and I do a fair amount of looking after him, while his mother is working on her computer. My husband and I tend to take him for a walk in the morning and he is usually asleep by the end of it. We leave him back with his mother and if he remains asleep, she gets a bit more time to work online.
Is It Usually Men?
Those who have not had the care of a very young child often do not seem to realize just how much work is involved and how exhausting it is and that if the baby is asleep, then you do everything possible to keep them that way if you can. Most men do not have that level of child care and those who do, realize very well how precious that sleep is. My daughter is having work done to her house and the workman (a friend of theirs) was there when we returned with a sleeping baby. We passed him going in and he must have seen the baby was sleeping. Of course, maybe it was nothing he would take notice of, not having had the care of small children, even his own! He came into the kitchen, where the baby's pram had been left, to get water and said, very loudly, "hello young man, how are you?" to the back of the pram, not even looking at the baby to see whether he was awake. Of course, the child woke. GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
He Disappeared Very Quickly
I think he realized how annoyed I was, because he disappeared very fast. Maybe he thought he was going to be landed with the job of putting the child back to sleep again! Unfortunately, the baby would not go back to sleep and he ended up a bit grumpy for a few hours until it was time for his next sleep. And being grumpy is not like him, he is usually a very placid and easy going child.
We All Need Our Sleep.
Even adults need their sleep, even more so young children. If you see a sleeping baby, try not to wake them PLEASE. The parent or carer will be very grateful.
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