The most nefarious nap stealers are newborns. They are not the ones who need the naps. It’s their parents. While baby is awake, their parents are changing diapers, making bottles, feeding baby, doing laundry, doing laundry, doing laundry, changing diapers, making bottles, feeding baby, making faces at baby, changing diapers, and then when baby is asleep they make a futile attempt at straightening up the house and doing the things that the rest of the family needs done and THEN they finally decide that they too are going to take a much deserved nap.
Babies have a pillow sensor. It is absolutely amazing. It does not even matter if you are in the same room with the baby. No matter how quietly and how slowly you lie down, within one minute of your head touching the pillow, you WILL hear a cry.
No matter how tired you are, you cannot get that baby to go back to sleep. You MUST get up and take care of it. Even if this baby hasn’t slept in hours and was only asleep for 8 ½ minutes, their nap is over and so is yours.
This is called sleep deprivation. This is also why babies are so cute. They have to be to make it through this time in their childhood. This is why babies are beautiful and so innocent looking. No matter how many times they do this you can look them straight in the eye and ask them if they are torturing you on purpose and they can look straight back at you with incredible innocence so you actually believe that they are innocent EVERY SINGLE TIME. Those nefarious nap stealers!
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