If Infants are Sleeping, Let Them Sleep; Mothers’ Should Not Disturb Them

If Infants are Sleeping, Let Them Sleep; Mothers’ Should Not Disturb Them

According to certain findings reported online in the Child Development Section, new mothers who are a victim of depression symptoms are more likely to be disturbed by every minor to major action of their baby. Baby’s little noise makes them awake.

And vice versa, most of the times such mothers believe in carrying their babies in their arm despite of the fact that they are sleeping. This practice sometimes awakes the child. Such mothers are unable to arrange some soothing pre-bedtime rituals for their babies and find it difficult to set limits during sleeping hours.

For discovering such facts, researchers watched hours of video of moms while they were taking care of their babies during bedtime and throughout night. There were 45 infants in total; all between the age group of 1 month to 2 years.

It was the video tapes that helped the researchers gather information about moms' depressive symptoms and what they feel about the sleeping patterns of their babies. Some moms had also maintained sleep diaries.

As said by study researcher Douglas M. Teti, PhD who is also a Professor of human development and psychology at Pennsylvania State University, "It provides insight into how depression affects parenting at night".

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