5 Facts on Babies and Sleep
HealthCentral Editorial Team Jan 9, 2013 (updated Oct 9, 2013)
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Sleep is important for babies and adults, which is why there is always new research being done on the topic. Here are some new studies that shed light on sleep and babies.
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Crawling is linked to waking more at night
Researchers have found a connection between babies who have started to crawl and waking more frequently and for longer periods during the night. They found that the average age babies began to crawl was 7 months, and this was accompanied by an increase in a number of times they woke during the night.
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Treating sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy may improve baby health
A new study found that treatment of mild breathing problems during sleep in pregnant women improved the health of the fetus. Using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to treat preeclampsia improved fetal activity levels, which is a marker for the fetus' wellbeing.
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Crying babies are best left to fall back asleep alone
Researchers have found that babies who wake crying during the night are better off learning to self-soothe and fall back to sleep unaided by a parent. They go on to say that learning how to self-soothe is a vital skill for developing good sleep patterns.
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Parental fighting disrupts baby's sleep
Bickering is not good for you or your child. One 2011 study found that marital instability has an effect on a child getting to sleep or staying asleep, and that instability in parents’ relationship when a baby is nine months old still affected the child at 18 months.
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Dad's who sleep in the same bed with their baby experience dips in testosterone
The researchers noted that they aren’t sure if sleeping next to the baby caused the decline, or if men with lower testosterone preferred to cuddle more with their child.