A new study found that a large percentage of healthy babies do not start sleeping through the night by six months of age, or even at a year old. The researchers also found that not sleeping during the night at that young age has no negative effect on brain development. So relax moms, your infant who wakes up in the middle of the night is normal.
In the study, babies who didn’t sleep for six or eight consecutive hours had a higher rate of breastfeeding, which we know offers many benefits for babies and mothers.
For most parents, the time when infants should consolidate their sleep (a process often called “sleeping through the night”) is a major concern. This is measured as the longest period of uninterrupted sleep without parental intervention, and is widely considered a developmental milestone that should be achieved at approximately age 5 or 6 months. However, several studies have reported that not all infants conform to this classic developmental timeline, although more infants sleep through the night as they grow up.
We can always work on healthy sleep habits mentions a doctor. She suggests a consistent routine for babies—starting with a bath, massage, story or song, and a bedtime before 9 p.m. every night.
The transition from pregancy to parenthood is often a stressful period of life. Do not complicate it by worrying about your infant who does not sleep through the night.