Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New evidence shows infants capable of ‘self settling’



Visiting Professor Ian St James-Roberts has delivered a seminar on infant sleep patterns to the SPHPM. His research compared the lengths of uninterrupted sleep (>5 hours) for infants living in London against the type of parenting approach used.
The two types of parenting approaches analysed were the ‘attachment’ and ‘limit-setting’ styles.  In conjunction with parental reports, the infants were also filmed with an infra-red camera whilst sleeping.

The results were very intriguing, with both styles of parenting showing merit.
 
The cameras recorded that 25% of the infants woke and resettled themselves back to sleep. The infants were recorded waking, but not signalling. They instead settled themselves and returned to sleep.

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