This is a message for you moms and dads who need support for nighttime parenting.
If it is the beginning for you and feels lonely, know that many have gone before you- feeling like the only one awake with a baby who needs them at 3 AM. And 3:10 AM.
If babyhood has passed and you are frustrated because this is when you were supposed to get your nights back; to watch TV or read a book- know that there are many of us who have shifted our lives and our thoughts to have a kiddo with us around the clock.
If you keep secret the later bed time of your child and don’t tell your mother-in-law that you still nurse your 2 year old in the middle of the night, have confidence that you are doing the right thing. Even if you are not confident saying it out loud.
Researchers, psychologists and mothers all attest that our children need us at night, too.
So even though it’s lonely, and media would have you believe that something different should be done, know that you are not alone. Not at 3am as you nurse, or 10pm as you read stories. You are never really alone.
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