When The Baby Cries at 1:00AM

First Published 07/07/2017

After a very long day at work, coupled with the kind of traffic faced when heading home, what you are
most likely looking forward to is a warm bath coupled with a good meal and then a sound sleep. Sleep is
essential. This is not because the doctor says so, but because the alarm will be buzzing by 5:00am the
next morning, you want to get the best out of the little hours of sleep, but then there is a little baby who
might cry anytime in the middle of the night.

Your sleep has begun, and in the middle of it the baby cries for attention from his/her cot. Your sleep is
distorted, and from the depth of your heart you pray the baby will by some miracle stop crying. Your
prayer however doesn’t get answered, as the baby’s cry gets louder. You turn to your partner, and wish
he/she will please get up and attend to the baby.

Who Should Attend To The Baby?
Most men assume when a baby cries he/she needs attention that can only be given by the mother. This
is however not so, what law says men should not change diapers, or carry baby on their backs, sing
lullabies, reduce or increase the room temperature as may be needed or feed the baby? A loving
husband and father will definitely not see anything wrong in contributing to taking care of his son or
daughter, but to do in the middle of a deep sleep?

A wife who has a nanny or baby sitter who comes around during the day to look after the baby is
definitely relieved of the stressing of nursing the baby during the day. Her work however is demanding
just like any Nigerian striving to make ends meet in this current economic recession. Asides, who doesn’t
enjoy a sound sleep?

The answer to the question of who should attend to the baby in the middle of the night should be based
on mutual agreement and understanding. What works for family A may not work for family B. Some
couples prefer to rotate the role, while some others follow a first-to-hear-the-cry-first-to-attend
approach. Nothing is cast in stone, call your partner, talk about it and reach a workable conclusion. Two
things should not happen, the role (of who should attend to the baby in the middle of the night) should
not be one-sided, and two, the baby should not be left unattended to.

Nursing mothers should teach their husbands how to change and properly dispose baby diapers, how to
safely carry the baby on the back, how and what to feed the baby at when, and also where the baby
food is stored.

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