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4 Reasons I Never Nap While Baby Is Napping

Every time someone starts dishing out advice for new moms, I feel like the most common refrain is, "Nap when the baby naps!"

I've had three babies and heard this more times than I can count, yet I've ignored it every time. I just can't make myself nap whenever my baby falls asleep. Here's why:

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1. It's too stressful

With new babies, I feel like you never know if you're going to get a four-hour nap out of them or if they'll be waking up 10 minutes later wanting a third lunch. It's so frustrating to drift off and then be woken up two minutes later, feeling no less rested (and usually a little resentful).

I struggled with insomnia, and the last thing I wanted was to mess up my sleep schedule.

2. When else am I supposed to get things done?

Nap time is prime time for reading a book, doing the dishes, getting some work done or putting on a little makeup. If I hopped into bed every time my baby fell asleep, I'd never get a thing done.

3. I want naps to seem like a luxury

If I take a nap every day with my baby, it doesn't seem like a special treat when I do occasionally sneak in a little nap. I usually save them for Sunday afternoons when my whole family is home, and they are extra glorious.

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4. It goofs up my night's sleep

With my second daughter, especially, I struggled with insomnia, and the last thing I wanted was to mess up my sleep schedule. It was definitely preferable to plow through my day tired than to lie in bed for hours staring at the ceiling and fretting about how soon my baby is going to wake up and how tired I'd be the next day.

What about you? Do you nap when your baby naps, or do you just survive on less sleep for a while?

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