If you've spent a lot of time worrying about your little one, you're not alone. The results of a survey conducted by Mead Johnson Nutrition found that he first year of their babies lives, moms worried for more than 1,400 hours. If it seems like a long time, that's because it is. 1,400 hours is about 58 days. That's almost 2 solid months of worry.
The survey got responses from 900 American mothers with kids in the first year of life, as well as from 100 pediatricians. The asked the doctors about the worries they typically see, and how to ease them. The survey got some interesting results, including the fact that those moms tended to contact their own mothers approximately 337 times with worries about their baby's health. Another interesting number that came up was 330- the number of internet searches these mothers made querying into their child's health.
The survey found a variety of specific concerns that would be painfully relatable to most moms. The top worries that the survey found were: the baby's overall health (58%), whether their baby was hitting milestones on time (54%), the amount of milk (breastmilk or formula) they are consuming (52%) and whether they are growing on schedule (47%).
Apparently, new moms also worry about allergies. This is not much of a surprise, considering the fact that allergies in infants and children is on the rise. Other concerns that were noted by the survey included bonding (Whether the baby and the mother were bonding well), sleep, and interpreting their cries.
Although this seems like an awful lot of worry, anyone who has been in the trenches over that first year can attest to how relatable this is. We try to be the best parents we can be, and as a part of that we do tend to fret about all the things when it comes to being a parent. While it may seem shocking the sheer amount of time that is spent worrying, it just goes to show how common this is in motherhood, and how similar we all are when it comes to the health and well-being of our little ones.