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Common Myths About Babies Sleep

While searching for answers to your baby's sleeping problems, you are likely to come across many MYTHS related to baby sleep.  This brief article aims to dispel the most common myths.

Some babies don't need to sleep during the day.

Some babies will sleep less than others will but most babies need to sleep during the day.

Co-sleeping is the answer to a baby's sleeping problems.

There are advantages and disadvantages to co-sleeping.  Many children sleep more soundly when a parent is close by, while others will sleep better when they sleep on their own.  Co-sleeping is not for every parent.  Some parents experience a sense of reassurance in knowing their child is close by and/or feel night time breastfeeding is made easier by co-sleeping.  Whereas other parents find co-sleeping may further disturb their own sleep due to concerns for their infant's safety or due to their child's frequent movements during the night.

If you keep your child awake during the day, he will sleep better at night.

Parents are often told this, but in fact, all you will end up with is an over-tired, cranky child who may be find it even more difficult to settle to sleep in the evening.  Alternatively he may wake even more frequently during the night.

Once a baby reaches a certain weight, he will start to sleep through the night.

A child's weight has little bearing on when he will sleep through the night.  A child needs to be developmentally ready (physically and psychologically) to sleep through the night.  However, this is not to say that many babies and children who continue to wake overnight have not reached the stage of readiness, but continue to wake for other reasons.

Moving a child from a crib to a bed will resolve a sleep problem.

If your child has a sleep problem in a crib, he's just as likely to have a sleep problem in a bed.  Moving your child into a bed in a bid to resolve a sleep problem offers you LESS control and can further complicate the situation as your child can easily climb out of bed.

 A child will learn to sleep without parents help.

Most children do learn to sleep independently - EVENTUALLY.  However, for a child to learn to sleep independently WITHOUT effective encouragement from parents may take up to the age of 3 or 4 years (or older). 

 

Sources from: babycareadvice

http://www.babycareadvice.com/babycare/general_help/article.php?id=27&p_id=9

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