A recent survey released by Chicco USA last week (a manufacturer of baby bottles), says that both moms and dads fake that they are asleep to avoid getting up to feed their baby in the middle of the night, but dads do this much more often.
The opinion survey was conducted among 1,060 U.S. parents of children 18-months old or younger in March 2014. When it comes to the task of having to get up with an infant for feeding, mothers and fathers also revealed different ways of coping with the sometimes lonely endeavor.
While 38% of dads admit to pretending to be asleep as soon as their baby alerted them that they wanted to be fed, only 28% of moms admitted to pulling such a stunt. Almost half (44%) of all parents also suspected their spouses of pretending to be asleep to get out of feeding duty.
Of parents surveyed, the majority of women felt they took on the majority of over-night feedings at 91%. Seventy five percent of parents felt that late night or over night feedings strengthened their bond with their baby.
Another behavior parents admitted to while feeding baby in the wee hours was surfing the Internet, but moms and dads told Chicco they don’t surf the same sites. While mothers tend to visit parenting sites or retail sites (79%) during late night feedings, fathers said they surfed sports websites or read the news (73%).
Both mom and dad admitted to checking social media, with the majority favoring Facebook, however, fathers are more likely to check Twitter and You Tube (45%), while moms are more likely to check Pinterest (38%).
Missing from the survey is whether the babies were formula fed or breastfed which could impact who gets up more often, unless mom pumps enough for dad to take the night shift. Two thirds of parent participants said they got up on average 3 – 5 times a night to feed their baby.