Wednesday, February 08, 2006

the begetting of sleep

There's this saying which is oft-quoted in books about babies and sleep, "sleep begets sleep". The idea is that, if your baby gets plenty of daytime sleep then she'll sleep well during the night too, and vice versa.

Well, bullshit.

Yesterday Baby had about four hours of day sleep, twice as much as normal. And last night she woke up for attention SIX TIMES - twice as often as normal. The previous time Baby napped that well, her night was just as wakeful.

I really, really really must stop reading those parenting books.

10 comments:

darth said...

well, that theory works for me-the more sleep i get, the more i can sleep..but! it NEVER worked for darth jr. every sleeping/non-sleeping event was its own little adventure.

onscreen said...

Hehehehehe - never listen to old wives tales, they're all BS ;-)

Violet said...

darth: I'm learning that anything she does for three days in a row can still be just a fluke <:-{

onscreen: but this one was quoted by an old husband, and a doctor at that. Can't listen to old men either, huh?

onscreen said...

Oh no, never listen to old men, especially not Doctors. Only men who are 35 in two weeks can be trusted......

happyandblue2 said...

What do we men possibly have to say about babies that isn't just a guess..

Violet said...

onscreen: so, in 2 weeks time you're going to be too old to participate in a Contiki tour?

happyandblue2: it's never stopped men from saying it authoratively!

Jon said...

Oh, just give her a Scotch on the rocks before you go to sleep and all should be fine ;)

Violet said...

so she'll end up with a drunkard's complexion? not on yer nelly!

Scholiast said...

Like Dave Barry said (in his Parental Aptitude Test) "sleep makes me very irritable"...

Violet said...

scholiast: oh, sleep makes me feel great. It's lack of sleep that makes me irritable...