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Sleep Advice For New Parents

Why You Should Stop Telling New Moms to Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

Sleep Advice For New Parents

When you're a new mom, well-meaning people will tell you things. Seemingly helpful things. They'll tell you their own tales of what it was like for them the first time they brought their bundle of joy home from the hospital. Sometimes they share these anecdotes for the sole reason to bring themselves joy — to revisit a long-lost memory — and other times they do it to genuinely be thoughtful.

Which is why, as a new mom, I can't for the life of me understand why people still tell me to "sleep when the baby sleeps." This run-of-the-mill advice isn't exactly useful.

Here's why being told to "sleep when the baby sleeps" doesn't help me.

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