Pediatrics journal publishes the results of the ‘Baby Sleep’ studyOctober 26th, 2010 - 1:22 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Wellington, Oct 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers in New Zealand have uncovered that most babies will start sleeping through the night at the age of 2 to 4 months.
That is good news for parents who are frustrated of staying awake in the night to care for crying babies. The new research however does not guarantee that they baby will sleep between the same hours as the whole family.
The lead author of the research Jacqueline Henderson said, “The most rapid changes in infant sleep were found to occur over the first four months of life. Previously, we underestimated infants’ capabilities for sleeping through the night, and we found that if an infant is sleeping for the traditional period of night sleep — five hours from midnight to 5 a.m. — then they are also sleeping for eight hours. Infants are most likely to begin sleeping through for this period at 2 months of age, with over 50 percent doing so at four months”.
At the end of the research that involved some 75 parents, it was found that 87% of the babies slept for 5 hours with 86 percent sleeping for eight hours.
However on the number of babies that were sleeping between the conventional hours of 10 p.m and 6 a.m were 73 percent.
The full results of the study was published in the online journal Pediatrics on October 25th.
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