A sleeping newborn is one of the best types of newborns. Watching my baby snooze in her crib was easily my favorite pastime when she was an infant and I was a new mom. After a strenuous day of feeding, changing, and more feeding, naptime was essential. After all, my life revolved around my newborn. Everything I did, and every decision I made, was made to ensure she was safe, happy, and thriving. So while I refuse to apologize for planning my life around my baby's sleep schedule, it's not lost on me that people probably view my choices as obsessive and stringent.
My daughter had colic and acid reflux, so the first few months of motherhood were incredibly difficult. She hardly ever slept, especially at night, which meant I took any and all naps extremely seriously. I had a very strict schedule for her and it didn't matter if the world was about to be annihilated, my baby was still going to take her nap. Nothing would get in the way. Some of my friends constantly rolled their eyes and asked me to "just take her along" when they invited me out of the house, but that's not as easy as it sounds. Uninterrupted rest was vital, and there's no way I was going to chance it for a silly little thing called "freedom."
All babies are different and have different sleep patterns, and what works for some babies won't necessarily work for others. But sleep is beneficial for all babies, and consistency is one of those things all pediatricians and child psychology specialists constantly preach about. So, yes, I feel confident in saying that a consistent sleep schedule is probably beneficial for all children, regardless. Plus, consider how much grown men and women need sleep, then decide whether you'd like your nap interrupted just because something "kind of fun" may have come up. I know my answer is a hard "no." So with that in mind, here's why I won't be apologizing for deciding to plan my life around my kid's sleep schedule: