Infographic: the facts about baby not sleeping

My baby won’t sleep and no one seems to get it!

When your baby won’t sleep, sometimes it’s hard to make other people understand what you’re going through.

And it can be hard to remember what the facts are about baby sleep cycles and baby sleep generally.

So we’ve created this infographic to share some of the facts. We hope it’s useful for you to keep in mind some of the important things about baby sleep. And you can show other people what’s going on. We’d love it if you’d share this post on social media to share this important information.

Let us know what you think and what other information you would find useful in an infographic.

If you’re interested, you’ll also see references below, to read more about where the data comes from.

All the best


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40% of people report sleep problems

1. Owens JA, Witmans M. Sleep problems. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 2004;34:154–79.

2. Quach J, Hiscock H, Canterford L, et al. Outcomes of child sleep problems over the school-transition period: Australian Population Longitudinal Study. Pediatrics 2009;123:1287–92.

3. Simola P, Laitalainen E, Liukkonen K, et al. Sleep disturbances in a community sample from preschool to school age. Child Care Health Dev 2011;38:572–80.

62% of parents won’t do controlled crying

To cry or not to cry: The need for increased choice in behavioural sleep interventions for parents of infants, Associate Professor Sarah Blunden, In Psych, April 2014

Minutes lost to baby sleep

Sleep Patterns and Fatigue in New Mothers and Fathers, Caryl L. Gay, PhD, Kathryn A. Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Shih-Yu Lee, RN, MS, Biol Res Nurs. Apr 2004; 5(4): 311–318.

But see also this interesting article suggesting the number of days is much higher.

No wonder we feel exhausted! New parents lose 44 DAYS of sleep in the first year of a child’s life, Daily Mail, 18 September 2013

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