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What is "normal infant sleep" anyway?

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Normal Infant Sleep ackowledges that babies are waking at night and that this is bioligicaly normal. It recognizes that infants do wake frequently, they do this for other reasons than just for calories and this does not mean there is something wrong.

Normal Infant Sleep exists to reassure parents. It validates their experience and debunks the concept of creating bad habits by responding to your child at night

Unless there is a health issue present that is dirupting their sleep, your baby´s night wakings after the 6 month mark are completely normal and necessary.

Knowing what is normal is key

Sleep in the first year of life is not linear. There is no magic number of weight or months that indicates your child will sleep through the night. For the vast majority of babies it means needing help to fall asleep for naps and bedtime and wanting to be close to you during the night. Babies are not robots that fall alssep at the same time every night, sleep a certain amount of hours at night and take a 2 hour nap every day at the same time.

Babies like adults are individuals.

Knowing what is normal helps us to understand what might not be normal and when to refer parents to a professional.

Knowing what is normal can be all parents need, or, normal is more than they can cope with and need support.

Normal infant sleep is not necessarily good or bad, it simply helps to guide parents to find the support they need.

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