A DAD explained he believes he shouldn’t have to get up in the night to change his baby’s nappies and that his wife should do all the work, despite them both being on parental leave.
The new father explained that their baby is just five weeks old and is exclusively breastfed by his partner.
Writing on Reddit, he said that his wife is up three or four times a night with the little one just to feed and these sessions can last 40 minutes each.
The man said that he has been getting up at the same time to change the baby so that the mum can have a rest after feeding, but he doesn’t believe this system is fair.
He reasoned that as his wife is already awake, she might as well also do the changing at the same time, giving him a full eight hours sleep.
He said: “My partner thinks that I should do all the night time diaper changes since she’s breastfeeding. Her argument is that since she’s nursing day and night, it’s only fair.
In her view: I am often grouchy, need to be asked multiple times to get up, and sometimes argue if he even needs to be changed.
“She says she needs time to go to the bathroom, drink water, etc, while I am changing the diaper. In her view: I am often grouchy, need to be asked multiple times to get up, and sometimes argue if he even needs to be changed.”
He explained that, when he goes back to work, he’ll need a full night’s sleep.
He said: “She will be on leave for the next 18 months. We go to bed at 9pm, and I get up with our dogs at 6 am and she’s up with the baby an hour or two later.”
Unfortunately for him, the users of Reddit were not sympathetic to his struggle.
Newsflash, your days of eight hours sleep are over for at least a few years.
One said: “Your wife is exhausted, physically and due to lack of sleep. You have no excuse especially while you’re on parental leave.
“She does need to use the bathroom, drink water, whatever – to take care of herself, so she can take care of your son.
“Parenthood is about shared responsibilities and partnership. You need to grow up and share the burden.
“There’s only room for one baby in your family, and it’s not you. Time to be a dad. It’s hard, but tough s*** — this is your moment to decide what kind of father, and ultimately husband, you want to be.”
While another said: “Newsflash, your days of eight hours sleep are over for at least a few years.
“My kids are five and eight and sometimes they still wake up in the night, thankfully not often but you have to be there when they do.”
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