‘Tired’ is often worn as a badge of honour, alongside ‘busy’ because we all want an excuse for not being the better person we know we can be. Of course, for us parents it’s true. We are knackered, especially if you’re in the early years, or the ‘trenches’ as a friend described it to me once.
But there’s little talk about our children’s sleep. These tiny precious little beings, growing in every conceivable dimension, while we’re just growing grey hairs and waistlines. So how much sleep does a child need?
Thankfully there’s a lot of expertise out there on this. Remembering it might help you avoid an unhelpful knee-jerk reaction to one of their emotional outbursts. Here’s what the NHS say:
1 week old
4 weeks old
3 months old
6 months old
9 months old
12 months old
But all that said, bedtimes can still be a royal pain in the arse sometimes. When they are, maybe Samuel L Jackson can help calm you down with his beautiful reading of Go the f**k to sleep.
Originally published at www.beingdads.com