untangling myths about babies’ sleep
as a parent of a newborn baby, sleep is a big topic.
whether it’s thinking about the fact you haven’t had enough sleep or wondering when your little one will sleep through the night. there’s a lot of advice about things you can do to get your baby to sleep through the night. the problem is some of this advice is misleading as it is based on myths. below the myths are untangled from the facts.
Q: what is the best method of getting my baby to sleep through the night?
Q: when should my baby be sleeping through the night?
within the first few months, you start to see a resemblance of a day/ night cycle but this is just a beginning and the circadian rhythm will continue to develop over the first two years. however, by roughly 3-4 months, many babies go for longer stretches of sleep at night, with 4-6 hour periods. the notion that babies can “sleep through the night” by 3 months is based on this sustained, nocturnal sleep period, not a full 8-10 hours. however, some will not sleep for this long at this age as their circadian rhythm may just be a bit slower to develop. by 6 months, 50% of babies are sleeping through the night, with 90% reaching this by 12 months.
Q: can i encourage my baby to sleep longer by using formula or adding baby rice to their bottle?
Q: will sleep training damage my bond with my baby?