Study examines best methods to get babies to sleep
Getting an infant to sleep is one of the most discussed topics among mothers, whether it is women with newborns who are struggling with lack of sleep, or those with older children who are graduating from a cot to a bed.
Women have many different ways to get their little ones off to sleep, and there is a lot of different advice out there about the best ways to solve the issue.
Co-sleeping, which basically means sleeping in the same bed as your child, is one way of dealing with the issue that some women choose to use.
The method is approved by the National Childbirth Trust, although it issues a firm set of guidelines that it says women need to employ if this is the method they are going to use.
However, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths states that it is against the practice, so it was interesting to hear that a new study has suggested it may be the best way to calm infants.
Dr Nils Bergman, a paediatrician at the University of Cape Town, has gone as far as to suggest that it is best for babies to sleep in their mother’s bed until they are three years of age.
His comments were based on a study he conducted which involved just 16 infants.
According to the results of the small study, a baby’s heart was under more stress when they slept in a cot; compared to if they slept on their mother’s chest.
This is perhaps unsurprising news to any mother who has tried to put a baby in a cot once they have fallen asleep on her chest; as the result is often a crying baby.
So, it can be tempting to sleep with your child, although this may lead to a bad night’s sleep for a mother, which is probably not helpful for either a mum or her baby.
The Babycentre.co.uk is packed with tips and tricks for getting babies to sleep, including setting a routine for bedtime and allowing infants to fall asleep of their own accord.
It would seem that whatever method works for you, as long as it is safe, is the right one to choose.