Do New Parents Need More Sex or More Sleep?

September 24, 2013  |  
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You chat with moms and dads at the playground, but how do parents really feel about their new roles? A TODAY Show survey of more than 13,000 parents revealed some surprising and not so surprising things.

At the top of the list is parental enjoyment. Fifty-nine percent of women and 62 percent of dads say they like being a parent more than they thought they would. But while both mothers and fathers wish they could get more sleep in that tough first year, 65 percent of women surveyed wished they could have more sleep while 37 percent of men said they wanted more sleep. Sex was number two on dads’ list of “things I wish I had more of now that the baby’s here” whereas it was last on mom’s list on priorities (that doesn’t mean all dads immediately want to hop back into the sack).

And though this may come as a surprise to some mothers, fathers definitely want to be more involved in the day-to-day childcare tasks. They wish they had two weeks to a month for paternity leave, and most dads surveyed want to be in the delivery room. The survey also offers a word of caution to mothers who want to take on everything themselves, despite daddy’s efforts: “Dads told us they’re mostly fine with swaddling the baby, changing a diaper, giving the baby a bath or the bottle, but almost half – 46 percent – said it seems they can’t do any of those tasks up to Mom’s standards.”

Do the survey results surprise you at all?

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