Mom documents emotional 5 a.m. experience with 1-year-old daughter: ‘I’m the worst mom’

A new parent’s emotional 5 a.m. video where she expressed how she feels like the worst mom for having difficulty comforting her fussy baby received an incredibly supportive response from parents all over TikTok.

Being a first-time parent can be overwhelming and exhausting, especially when the limited communication makes it difficult to figure out your child’s needs. TikToker and parent Hannah Charles (@hanzcakess) can identify with such sentiments, as shown in an emotional video she posted after a sleepless night where she struggled to console her crying baby. Fortunately, many understanding parents had an abundance of encouragement and support to offer.

The clip opens with an early morning shot of Charles addressing the camera. “I am the world’s worst mom,” she says, looking discouraged.

Charles explains that her 1-year-old daughter is going through a sleep regression. To make matters even more stressful, Charles realized that her breast milk had dried up but was unaware of this when trying to console her throughout the night.

“I was just doing what I knew, and she was latching! Like, I thought she was eating,” Charles emphatically mentions.

For four hours, Charles tried anything she could to calm her baby. “I gave her pain medicine. I let her play. I held her. I brought her into my bed. I tried everything,” she says in disbelief.

“Finally, I just broke, and I got to a point where I just put her in her crib, and I just let her cry,” Charles shares.

Despite going back and forth between the crib and the bed several times, the baby was still inconsolable.

Feeling totally drained, Charles takes her baby out of her crib to let her play some more. Too exhausted to breastfeed again, she prepares a bottle for her baby, whose voice is hoarse from crying.

To Charles’ surprise, her daughter was so thirsty she didn’t even care if the bottle was warm. “She chugged it and went straight to sleep,” Charles says through tears before admitting, “I was getting frustrated with my daughter for being thirsty.”

Parents all over TikTok flocked to the comments to lend their support.

“All I heard is you never gave up and found a solution. Best mom,” one user reassured.

“Mama, you tried for four hours! Four! You did amazing,” encouraged one TikToker.

“Oh, my love. You are not the worst mom. You are EVERY MOM,” one viewer stated wisely.

While the situation was undoubtedly stressful for Charles, the amount of encouragement she received was truly heartwarming.

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