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

Jo

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REFERENCES

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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  • Resteze
    Reply

    Nice info-graphic and some really interesting facts and helpful tips. I think a consistent bedtime routine is very helpful to get baby to sleep.

    • Jo
      Reply

      Thanks for your comment. I totally agree that a consistent bedtime really helps. And having the facts also helps normalise what you are going through.

  • Caroline
    Reply

    Thanks for the graphic, interesting to see some statistics. I agree with all said however not all babies are the same and for some none of the general recommendations actually work. But I do agree that baring physical illness or other issues, by following a set routine it will help create a relaxing environment and create a habit of sleeping. Unfortunately with my toddler who is now 2 and goes to bed at 11pm at night :/ none of the above has worked! May the next child be easy haha

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