Parents Fake Sleep During Nighttime Feedings

Any new parent knows that the lack of sleep that comes with parenthood is enough to drive you insane. But is it enough to make you fake being asleep while your partner takes the shift? For some it is.
Late night feeding
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Late Night Feeding Study

According to the 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey, 44 percent of parents suspected their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late-night feedings. More than one-third of dads surveyed (38 percent) admit they have actually done so, but only 28 percent of moms say the same.

Moms (mostly) take over at midnight

The study also showed that 91 percent of moms generally take on the majority of the late-night feedings. However much that might suck at 2 a.m., there is a precious reward: the bonding time with your baby. The survey says, "Although late-night feedings put added strain on new parents, the bonding between parent and child during the wee hours is worth the lack of sleep. The majority of parents (75 percent) report those late-night feedings have deepened the bond between them and their babies." I wholeheartedly agree. As a work-from-home mom that breastfed my babies through their first year, nighttime feedings were solely my responsibility (by choice) and I wouldn't trade those special, sleepy hours sitting up feeding my babies for anything in the world.

Social media multi-taskers

Turns out many parents have trouble just focusing on one thing at a time. Ever the multi-tasking society that we are, the study found that a whopping 98 percent of moms and 94 percent of dads check social media while feeding Baby in the middle of the night. No big surprise — Facebook was the social network they are most likely to visit during the late-night feedings. But according to the survey, "That’s where the similarities end, as half of dads are most likely to check Twitter (48 percent versus 23 percent of moms) and YouTube (45 percent versus 25 percent of moms) while Baby is feeding in the middle of the night; whereas moms are more likely to check Pinterest (38 percent versus 16 percent of dads)."


Chicco polled new moms and dads for the study in celebration of its new NaturalFit Advanced Feeding & Soothing System, which offers a three-stage system containing four bottles that adapt to the feeding styles as Baby grows. The bottles are engineered to be responsive to the changing feeding styles of babies by featuring distinct nipple shapes which also provide an easier transition between breast and bottle.

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