Calculate how much sleep you’ve lost to parenthood

You know how tired you feel, but do you know how tired you actually are?

It’s no secret that babies and young kids are sleep thieves, but I think it may be rather therapeutic to count the exact cost if you know what I mean.

Typing in your kids ages is all that’s required on the Lost Sleep Calculator for Parents.

Online interiors store Hillary’s, has allowed many new and old parents to compare their sleep debt, creating some hilarious interactions online.

Frustratingly there is no functionality that allows parents to tailor the results… so all mothers and fathers of a 1 year 6 month old baby would have to report that they have lost the same amount of sleep… 2589 hours or 108 days or 4 months to be exact.

It’s a bit of a raw deal if you were the primary carer while your partner got to sleep through the chaos… or if your baby was a catnapper that woke every two hours while your best mate’s baby slept ‘through’ at 6 weeks… or if your baby teethed for two whole long years while smiley-gym-moms baby popped out all twenty teeth in one weekend.

But even if it’s not altogether reliable or sophisticated enough to measure your life, it’s still great fun. Give it a try here.

Read our Sleep Tips to help you ensure you’re getting the most out of the sleep hours you do get.

Sleep wedges and positioners are not safe for your baby

Retailers have taken baby sleep wedges and positioners off their shelves

Major US and UK-based retailers have halted the sale of these devices after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked the products to at least 12 baby deaths in America, in some of which, babies had rolled from their side to their front and suffocated.

Big names such as John Lewis, Tesco, Mothercare and eBay have removed all baby sleep wedges and positioners from their ‘shelves’.

Many new moms are given, or purchase a sleep wedge or sleep positioned system to help their young baby sleep in one position, in the hope that they may ‘sleep longer’ and ‘more safely’.

The FDA said it was “reminding parents and caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioners. These products – sometimes also called ‘nests’ or ‘anti-roll’ products – can cause suffocation (a struggle to breathe) that can lead to death.”

In agreement with the FDA is the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). The AAP’s ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign went live in October 2016. They released 19 recommendations one of which was the removal of all loose sheets, bumpers, wedges, pillows or toys in the cot.

No major South African retailers have released any statements about where they stand on the issue.

To find out more information about how to help your new baby sleep safe you can read more of the ‘Sleep safe’ guidelines here.

Safe baby sleep tips

Did you know; there should be no loose sheets, bumpers, wedges, pillows or toys in your baby’s cot? Get peace of mind and cover your baby’s mattress with the Sealy Posturepedic® Soft Touch Cot Mattress Protector – it’s made from natural bamboo fabric and is a breathable fitted sheet.