Is It True That Bigger Babies Sleep Better?

Baby weight is something that many mums worry about, it is unlikely however that a mum’s complain will be that their baby is too big, meanwhile many mums will worry that their baby is not ‘big’ or chubby enough, as we often see mums do even here at Motherhood-In-style. But are there sleeping concerns for babies who are not ‘big’  and is it true that bigger babies sleep better?

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According to experts, your baby’s size or body weight is very less likely to influence your baby’s sleep compared to the maturity of their central nervous system — in other words, their brain.

Every baby’s sleep pattern is unique to them. While some babies find sleep quite easily, others seem to have more trouble settling down and sleeping through the night until they are older.

The reason for the above is not known, but paedetricians give an age range of 3 to 6 months for sleeping through the night, since that’s the time when most babies are likely to accomplish this milestone.

Again, healthy babies come in different sizes so some bigger babies will naturally sleep better than some smaller babies and vice versa.

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Sleeping better is a general direction for all babies as they continue to grow but this may not always take a straight course, so you should not be anxious about your baby’s sleep so long as they are healthy.

In general, though, the older your baby gets, the better he’ll sleep. This makes sense because babies grow, then mature — all over the course of  TIME.

Surely, if your baby is ill, say, with a cold or an ear infection that makes him uncomfortable, his sleep will be disrupted, but once he feels better, even if it takes a while, he will “relearn” how to sleep through the night.

According to Deborah Lin-Dyken, a peadetric sleep disorders specialist; your baby may start waking up several times in a night after they are 9 months old.

“Your baby may even sleep through the night from age 8 weeks through 9 months

and then start waking up several times a night.

In fact, it’s common for babies between 9 and 12 months to wake up at night.”

Waking up several times at this time may be related to separation anxiety — a normal stage of development in which a baby has begun to recognize and differentiate his parents from other people and becomes upset when he’s separated from them, according to some experts. Once separation anxiety is over (it lasts longer for some babies than others), your baby will learn to sleep through the night once again.

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