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Common Baby Sleep Myths

As a new parent, you’re no doubt scouring all sources of information, from library books to the web, for parenting tips, dos, and don’ts. And while there is a lot of great information available from a variety of different sources, there are also a number of myths that have been perpetuated over time. Listed below are some of the most common baby sleep myths; for sleep truths and help getting your baby on a sleep schedule, contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science today.

Myth 1: You Should Never Wake a Baby That’s Asleep

You may have heard that a baby who’s asleep should never be woken. While it certainly is true that a sleeping baby can be a very peaceful scenario, if you want to ensure that your baby will get enough to eat during the day and will get enough sleep during other naps and overnight, waking your baby on a schedule may be recommended.

Myth 2: Your Baby Doesn’t Need Naps If They’re Sleeping Well at Night

Another misconception is that if a baby is sleeping well at night, they’re getting all of the sleep that they need. This is untrue; babies, especially newborns, need a lot more sleep during a 24-hour period than do adults, and naps are a healthy part of that. Most babies need regular naps in addition to a full night of sleep.

Myth 3: Newborns Should Be Taught to Self-Soothe

While self-soothing is a sleep training technique that can be incorporated around the time a child is 3-4 months of age, newborns may not be able to self-soothe. Touch and holding are very important during the first few weeks and months of life and your baby may just need you to soothe them. , Newborns also require being fed during the night and this is a critical part of healthy development. Leaving a newborn crying in their crib in hopes that they will self-soothe is likely to just result in tears from everyone!

Myth 4: If a Baby Is Tired, They’ll Fall Asleep

It makes sense to assume that if a child is tired, they’ll fall asleep. However, this is not always the case. In fact, a baby can actually become too tired if they don’t get to sleep in time, leading to fussiness and excessive crying that actually prevents sleep from coming. If a baby starts to show signs of sleepiness, they should be put down for a nap/bed as soon as possible to avoid the fussy phenomenon.

Myth 5: You Don’t Need a Sleep Expert – Babies Know How to Sleep

It’s true that a lot of newborns and babies will fall into perfect sleep schedules without outside help. But in many cases, even amongst parents who follow all the guidelines and tips and do everything perfectly, sleep is constantly a battle. In this case, working with a sleep expert who can help your family to develop a sleep schedule that works well for everyone is strongly advised.

To learn more about creating a sleep schedule and sound sleep practices for babies, contact Dr. Barnett of Seven Oaks Sleep Science today.