Starting a new family can be a wonderful yet stressful experience. Newborns, and even older babies, can seem mysterious and taking care of them may be a little scary. Fortunately, babies are born with the skills and desire to tell parents what they need. In this blog, experienced moms (who happen to be experts) will help parents understand why babies behave the way they do and share tips to help parents cope with the ups and downs of this new and exciting time of life.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sleep Quiz Answers
1. How old are babies when they start most of their naps or nighttime sleeping in deep sleep?
c. 3-4 months
Read more about how babies' sleep patterns change here.
2. How long do sleep cycles typically last in babies?
c. 60 minutes
No wonder you're tired all the time! Adult sleep cycles last about 90 minutes. Read more about the basics of infant sleep here.
3. True or False? Healthy babies rarely wake at night after they are 6 months old.
Sadly, this is false. There are lots of reasons why babies may wake after they are 6 months old. They will start to sleep longer and longer stretches but it is quite common for older babies to wake up.
4. True or False? Formula feeding mothers get significantly more sleep than breastfeeding mothers.
Another one that is false (spot the trend?). Recent studies using objective measures found that mothers of formula fed infants did not get more sleep despite the common belief that they did.
5. True or False? Newborns (less than 6 weeks old) can be taught to sleep longer at night if they are kept awake during the day.
This last one is false too! Newborn sleep is erratic and unpredictable. Their biology isn't quite ready to respond to differences between night and day. This ability comes a little later.
Great job! We'll be back on Friday with a new post.
Posted by Dr. Jane Heinig at 7:53 AM
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