THE “gold standard” target that a baby should sleep through the night before the age of one has been smashed by experts.
The researchers examined whether infants who didn’t sleep for six or eight consecutive hours were more likely to have problems with physical skills, such as movement and dexterity, or mental development. They found no correlation.
The researchers also found no link between infants waking at night and mothers’ post-natal mood.
Queensland midwife and baby sleep consultant Amanda Bude said understanding the normal sleep needs and variations for babies after six months was important for reassuring parents.
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