Data-Loving Parents Make Excel Graph To Visualize Their Baby's Sleep And Breastfeeding Habits

" ... they were going crazy due to the lack of predictability that comes with having a newborn."

A newborn's sleep and breastfeeding habits can be pretty unpredictable, which is why parents are often used to sleepless nights, sudden changes, and difficulty creating any sort of routine. Two data-loving parents, however, found a rather unique way to organize the chaos. To show just what he and his wife did, one dad posted a rather fascinating image in the Data is Beautiful subreddit



The image shows a detailed Excel graph, visualizing the baby's sleep and breastfeeding habits.

On Reddit, the dad explains that his wife began collecting their daughter's data after 3 months because "they were going crazy due to the lack of predictability that comes with having a newborn." They tracked their daughter's data from when she was 3 months to 17 months. The data was collected in Excel and plotted in the same program using auto cell formatting. Each column represents one day, and each row is a 15-minute block of time.

The resulting graph shows how unpredictable the first few months with a newborn can be when trying to form a decent sleep pattern. However, as time goes on, the graph shows more consistent sleep.

"We found it helpful and just kept going," the Redditor said. "It's a lot easier to keep something up if you can zoom out to see progress."

Other parents of newborns are also finding the chart comforting. One new dad wrote, "As a first time dad to a 4-month-old, I'm looking forward to that sweet, sweet sleep consistency. Never has a graph filled me with such hope."

Another parent said, "As the breastfeeding mother of a 4-month-old who is teething (I think ... ??), I wholeheartedly agree!! This graph is truly inspirational! Soon ... Soon I will sleep ..."

The graph was posted two months ago, so we hope the Redditor will soon show an update that illustrates even more consistency. Of course, you can never tell what will happen with a baby, but here's hoping anyway. 

(H/T: Popsugar)

Cover image via Smolina Marianna I Shutterstock


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