For nearly all parents, the first six weeks after their babies are born seem to be the longest and toughest in their lives. Struggling to understand their babies’ needs, parents are awakened at random intervals day after day and night after endless night. It is no wonder that sleep is the most common topic discussed during early visits to the pediatrician. Parents want know when their babies will sleep through the night. In this first installment of our new series on the science of infant sleep, we’ll take a look at the research related to why infants sleep the way they do at different ages and what, if anything, parents can do to help their babies sleep a little more…
The first 6 weeks are finally over! New parents, give yourselves a big “high five!” You are probably noticing that things already seem a little easier. At least, you are more familiar with your babies’ needs and cues and likely to be getting a little more sleep than you were at first. In this post, we’ll share information about some of the changes your baby will go through from 6 to 16 weeks and how these changes might affect how your baby sleeps…
The Science of Infant Sleep Part III. Relationships that Influence Babies’ Sleep
In this series, we’ve been sharing information about how and why infants’ sleep patterns change as they grow. In this post, we’ll focus on the how characteristics of babies, parents, and sleep environments interact to influence how infants sleep.
Secrets of Baby Behavior: The Science of Infant Sleep Part IV: Falling Asleep versus Staying Asleep
As we wrap up this multi-part series on infant sleep, we return to some of the original questions that led us to focus on this all important area. Several of you asked us about the popular recommendation to make sure that your baby is still partially awake when you put him in his crib. Others wanted to know why babies sleep through the night once or for several weeks and then start waking again. In this post, we’ll revisit the interrelationships that we talked about in the last post, but this time, we’ll discuss specifically how they may affect your baby’s abilities to fall asleep and then stay asleep.