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Sleeping Like a Baby – “Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting” – Joshua Gans

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Parenting

According to Christopher Green, the phrase “sleeping like a baby” is misleading. When researchers examined video recordings of children as they “slept” at home:

Parents of the children studied believed that their little ones were sleeping soundly right through the night, but the recordings showed otherwise. It appeared that even apparently good sleepers may wake a number of times to sit up, look around, play with their toys, kick off their covers, then perhaps have a quiet grizzle [whimper] before slipping back to steep.’

This means that in order for you to get even a few uninterrupted hours, your child will have to go through one or more of these waking moments alone.

One obvious implication of this is that distance matters. If you have a baby in your bed, when they wake, they may disturb you. If you have a baby in a bassinet in your room, there is a similar risk. With a baby in a separate room, the baby has to put in more effort to make a disturbance. So, if you want to raise your chances of uninterrupted sleep, it will likely involve moving the baby away.”

I could not agree with this more!

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