This isn’t going to be one of those ‘tough love’ articles where we tell you to leave your little new-born to cry their hearts out in distress, it will just be a nudge in that direction – just a slight nudge.
Research has shown that all children go through sleep cycles – you know when they wake up conveniently and 3:45 am, wake you up and fall back asleep so sweetly? Yeah, those. These sleep cycles are completely natural. Experts have identified that children go through a sleep cycle, on average, every 1.5 to 2 hours and have encouraged parents to allow their children to fall asleep on their own.
More often than not, those times when you can’t make it to your baby’s side in time to stop their tears, they eventually settle themselves down and continue on peacefully; this is what is encouraged.
However, these sleeping patterns are not solely down to your baby; The Daily Mail recently published the findings of researcher Marsha Weinraub, from Temple University where she identified a correlation between a mothers emotions and a baby’s sleep. It is basically a two way street – mum’s mental health will effect a baby’s waking, but of course, sleep deprivation because of your baby can ‘exasperate maternal depression.’
The most important thing to take away from the research is to always remember – your baby feeds off of your emotions and your mental state, so when you baby wakes consistently always remain calm, be strong and reinforce independent sleeping. This will result in a happier and healthier routine for both you and your baby.