I don’t understand why she doesn’t need sleep

March 7, 2012

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Ugghhhh I know that’s every new parent’s question, but seriously. Everything I read (from official sources, from other mothers, etc) says that babies Cora’s age need to sleep 10-12 hours at night and a couple of 1-2 hour naps per day. Cora sleeps 8-9 hours per night (always waking at least once), and I’m lucky if I get 1.5 hours of total sleep during the day.

Does she just run on less sleep than other babies? Is she chronically sleep-deprived? I try to go with the flow as much as possible (we’re now co-sleeping because it seems to be what she needs), but I find it so incredibly frustrating.

Trying to get her to sleep earlier doesn’t work — she just lies in my arms and cries. I’m not even bemoaning the waking at night. Just the total sleep. She’s eight months old!

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