No matter how good you are at changing nappies or responding to your child’s cries, there’s one thing every parent struggles with.
And that’s getting their little one to drift off to sleep and give them some much needed peace and quiet.
In fact, it’s just been revealed that parents spend 1977 hours a year – the equivalent of 82 days – trying to get their child to go to sleep.
This is according to the results of a survey by asking parents who have had a child in the past 18 months to break down their typical day.
The survey found that new parents spend five hours and 25 minutes a day trying to get their newborn to sleep – which over the course of a year adds up quickly.
And they have some rather interesting ways of doing this – including driving around, walking around and of course reading them a bedtime story.
On average, parents said they spent 41 minutes each day driving around in the hopes of getting their baby to sleep – this is the equivalent of driving 20 miles each day.
Parents also said they spent roughly 1 hour 21 minutes a day walking with the child to put them to sleep, which is the equivalent of walking 4.23 miles.
And the 34 minutes they claim to spend reading to their child is the equivalent of reading 17 pages of a book each day.
Other activities that took up time in their day included bathing, burping and feeding their little one.
As a result of this, parents of newborns were found to spend just five percent of their day on self-care.
So, if you’re reading this, the message is clear – make sure to take a little time out to look after yourself, as well as your little one, if you can.