The Science of Why You Should Never Wake a Sleeping Baby

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It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is finally asleep after hours of crying. But now you have to wake her up for a feeding. You know she won’t be happy about it, but you do it anyway because you’re a parent and that’s what you do. But what if I told you that you shouldn’t wake a sleeping baby? That’s right, there is actually science to back up the claim that you should let your baby sleep.

Sleep is crucial for babies. It’s during sleep that they grow and develop. It’s when their little brains process all of the information they’ve taken in during the day and sort through it. Sleep is also when their bodies heal and repair. So, when you wake a sleeping baby, you are interrupting all of these important processes.

It’s not just the quality of sleep that is important, but also the quantity. Babies need a lot of sleep – around 16 hours a day. That’s more than any other age group. And if they don’t get enough sleep, it can have serious consequences. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation in babies can lead to problems with development, behavior, and even mental health.

So, if you have a sleeping baby, let her sleep. It’s good for her and it’s good for you. You can sleep when she sleeps (or at least try to). And if you need to wake her for a feeding, do it as quickly and gently as possible so you don’t disturb her too much.

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