As any new parent can attest, it’s natural to wonder what non-family friendly shenanigans your mates might be up to while you’re busy living in your new baby bubble. Sometimes, the FOMO is all too real. But it’s not just you who might occasionally suffer from a fear of missing out – your baby could too, which might explain why she hasn’t slept in what feels like 137 years and brings the house down every time you attempt to lay her in her cot.
From resisting sleep to being a fussy feeder, FOMO babies can be hugely challenging. If you identify with any of the signs below, you might just have a FOMO baby on your hands (yay!). But fret not, there’s plenty you can do to restore harmony in your household …
1. FOMO baby will not nap
Is there a party going on that your baby isn’t invited to? That’s how they feel every time you attempt to put him down for a nap. Sounds from siblings, pets or noisy neighbours can make it easy for your master sleep resistor to refrain from succumbing to shut-eye. However, if your little one’s no-nap policy is wearing a little thin, consider investing in a white noise machine or download a white noise app. A soothing soundtrack that masks any interruptions might be just what your baby needs in order to nod off.
If your little one still won’t sleep, it’s time to bring out the big guns – even the fussiest of FOMO babies can’t resist being lulled to sleep by motion, so a walk around the block or a trip in the car might just do the trick.