Project Sleep

Project Sleep. The results are in…

Now we know that sleep (or *lack* of sleep!)  is one of the biggest challenges mums and dads face – particularly in the first year of parenthood. So we tasked a group of parenting bloggers with tracking the sleeping patterns of their little ones – and also their own. The results are intriguing…

Each blogger was given two diaries: one to record their baby’s sleeping habits and one to record their own.

2 completed sleep diaries

Two completed sleep diaries

In all we analysed a total of 301 days and over 11,000 hours of sleep patterns. Phew!

Here are the headlines:

Babies…

  • Spend 54% of the month sleeping
  • Are grumpy or crying for just 5% of the month
  • Are happy or loving for 19% of the time
  • Love to feed most at the peak hours of 11am, 2pm and 6.30pm
  • Want to feed most at the peak feeding time of 3am
  • Are most likely to get a full night’s sleep on Saturday
  • Are least likely to get a full night’s sleep on Friday
  • Tend to nod off around 8pm
  • Are happiest on a Sunday
  • Clock up an average total sleep time of 13 hours

Parents…

  • Spend 32% of the month sleeping
  • Feel stressed, tired or exhausted for 15% of the month
  • Feel content 24% of the time
  • Are most likely to get a good night’s sleep on a Wednesday
  • Are least likely to get a good night’s sleep on a Thursday
  • Usually call it a night at at 10.30pm
  • Tend to feel happiest on a Tuesday
  • Notice that if they’ve slept well, their little ones seem happier

Why not keep track of your own sleep diary to see if you can analyse any patterns? Or any witching hours?!

Sleep diary

Why not keep track of your little one’s nocturnal habits?

For more top sleep tips from midwives and specialists check out our trio of infographics charting sleep for pregnant mums, new mums and newborns. And visit baby specialist Kiddicare for a huge range of beautiful Moses baskets, cots and cot beds.