The Benefits of Having a Nocturnal Baby

My sweet baby the middle of the day.

My baby loves to sleep.

… during the day, that is.

This is a source of continual frustration for me, so I decided to reframe the issue.  Instead of looking at all of the obvious negative aspects of having a nocturnal baby, I made a list of a few reasons that having a baby who sleeps during the day is actually beneficial.

Maybe if I keep reminding myself of these things, I’ll actually start to believe them …

The Benefits of Having a Nocturnal Baby:

1. You’ll get more nights on the town than those unlucky fools whose babies actually sleep through the night.

Having a baby who stays up all night means that your baby will be sleeping during peak dining-out hours.  Congratulations on the extra time you just found to have a social life (assuming you’re actually alert enough to actually leave your house).

2.  Compliments from strangers on how mellow and sweet your baby is.

She’ll be sleeping during any daytime hours when strangers would be most likely to see her and people will oooh and aaah over that “sweet little baby of yours!’.

3.  Time to get errands done.

Babies that sleep during the day make grocery shopping in peace a possibility that those unfortunate parents of night-sleepers don’t have the luxury of.  They may brag about their child sleeping for “8 straight hours!”, but when their kid is screaming in the middle of Target, who really has the last laugh?

4.  A perkier butt and abs of steel.

Man!  I’m really starting to feel sorry for parents with night-time sleepers!  You’ll be in much better physical shape than your well-rested counterparts thanks to the wonderful world of late night infomercials and the subsequent workout videos  you’ll be ordering from said informercials when nothing else is on during 3 a.m. feedings.

5.  You’ll never have to argue with your partner over TV shows again!

“Why?”, you may ask … well, now all you have to do is DVR those shows.  Who cares if he’s watching some lame car show —just you wait until the wee hours of the morning roll around and you’ll be soaking up all those DVR’d episodes of The Real Housewives in sweet solitude (minus the crying baby, but just forget about that part).


If all of these wonderful benefits just aren’t that convincing, don’t worry.  Your child will sleep eventually … hopefully by the time they’re in elementary school.


•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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