Sleep is my favorite subject. It’s because I get so little of it. You know how when someone is on a diet or starving themselves all they can talk about is food? That’s me with sleep. Get used to it, I’ve been doing it for thirty-three months so far.
Today Heather Turgeon published an awesome and extremely interesting list of myths about babies and sleep. I almost want to kiss her for a few of these.. for example:
2. At three months, sleep gets better. This is a big misconception. Lots of us assume that newborn sleep gradually gets better and better, and that by three months baby sleep is drastically improved — that’s what it says in the books, right? In fact, most babies’ sleep doesn’t follow a linear progression. Even a baby who sleeps well in month two can start waking up every two to three hours when she gets a little older (often the best explanation is a surge in cognitive development).
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Now that I’ve had two babies and both of their sleep became completely wonky after three months, I know this to be true. It frustrated me so much with my first because I felt like there was something I was doing wrong because of what the books said.
Another wonderful dispelled myth:
5. Catnaps are not real naps. Catnaps get a bad rep, but a 20-minute nap is a true nap.
Read the rest of these myths here!