Giving birth to and caring for an infant is likely the greatest challenge a woman endures. The worry, lack of sleep and dramatic lifestyle change can be overwhelming, to say the least. However, as many mothers find, it is well worth the reward of a happy, healthy and loving child. With Mother’s Day approaching, we want to celebrate the strength of new mothers. So, we surveyed over 1,000 mothers about their experiences with a new baby. Read on to discover how amazing new moms are!
Hours Slept Nightly by New Mothers
If there’s one thing new motherhood is notorious for, it’s tired parents! It’s long been known that a mother rarely sleeps through the night when she has a crying infant who needs her. So just how much sleep is the mom of a new baby getting each night?
Diapers Changed Daily by New Mothers
There are many joys to new motherhood, but diaper changes probably don’t top the list. Yet it’s a necessary chore—as evidenced by the fact that the majority of new moms change an average of 5.5 diapers each day. That’s over 2,000 diapers a year!
Hours Spent Daily Feeding a New Baby
Most adults love to eat, but the same can’t be said for all babies. New mothers dedicate hours of their day just trying to feed their baby.
Loads of Laundry Done Weekly by New Mothers
Baby clothes may be tiny, but there sure are a lot of them! With all of the messes an infant can cause, new moms spend a lot of time doing laundry. In fact, the majority of moms surveyed did an average of 4 loads of laundry per week, which amounts to almost 200 loads per year.
Facts About New Moms
Check out the graphic below for a recap of the most fascinating new mom statistics! We’ve also included some inspirational quotes and facts about new moms around the world. Keep reading to discover what new mothers are like in Germany or Japan and to learn just how many loads of laundry the average American mother does in a month!
Being a mom is no easy job, but as Jill Churchill said “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” Be sure to let mom know how much her hard work is valued, and don’t forget to celebrate her on May 14th—and every other day! Happy Mother’s Day!