Baby and child sleep; we are obsessed. OBSESSED. We want our babies to sleep whether they need it or not, and our children to give us our nights back. Sorry folks, it just doesn’t jive with biology. See for yourself:
Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests by Science Daily
Whether the corollary to these modern practices or the result of other forces, an epidemic of anxiety and depression among all age groups, including young children; rising rates of aggressive behavior and delinquency in young children; and decreasing empathy, the backbone of compassionate, moral behavior, among college students, are shown in research. Read it here.
Sleep: A Misguided and Unhealthy Obsession by Evolutionary Parenting
While some will argue that our society is not the same as a traditional one, that ignores the fact that infant biology and physiology is the same. So if left to their own devices, infants seems to expect to be able to wake during the night, stay close to parents, and breastfeed at length (which means breastfeeding during the night too). Folks – THAT is what is normal. Not bad, normal. Read it here.
Self-Soothing; Perhaps the Biggest lie Ever Foisted on Parents by The Uncommon John
“So, anybody who says things like, “Learning how to self-soothe is a vital skill in learning how to develop good sleeping patterns during infancy,” (as one news story posited) is either a liar or very careless with facts.” Read it here
They Myth of the Eight Hour Sleep by The BBC News Magazine
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. Read it here.
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