Bed­time bat­tles

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Get­ting your baby to sleep through the night is ev­ery par­ent’s goal, but don’t blame your­self if your lit­tle one is keep­ing you up. A study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics, asked 400 Cana­dian mums how long their ba­bies slept with­out wak­ing in the night. Defin­ing six or eight hours’ un­in­ter­rupted sleep as ‘sleep­ing through the night’, re­searchers found that at six months, 62.4 per­cent of ba­bies slept for six hours, ris­ing to 72.1 per­cent by the time they were a year old. Eight hours’ sleep proved elu­sive, with only 43 per­cent of ba­bies man­ag­ing this at six months and 56.6 per­cent at a year. First study au­thor MarieHélène Pennestri says the aim of the study was to “lower guilt” in par­ents, adding that more re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions about ba­bies’ sleep pat­terns may help par­ents cope.

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