Blog Posts 1–5, based on the United States of America Department of the Army Field Manual: Holistic Healing and Fitness, describe what really matters for your child’s sleep. If sleep is an important enough topic for national defense than surely sleep should be considered a serious topic for parenting!
Today, a fundamental problem might occur when a mother sleeps with her newborn at night to maintain close contact: If the mother’s bedtime is too late for her baby’s biologic sleep-wake rhythm, the result might be unhealthy sleep for the baby because the bedtime is biologically too late for the baby’s circadian sleep rhythm. The too late sleep schedule might cause difficulties for the baby to easily fall asleep or stay asleep through the night. In other words, infants biologically still need an early bedtime, but the adult caretaker (usually the mother) might comfortably stay up later in the evening. This may lead to a bedtime that is too late for the infant, especially under the circumstances when the mother chooses to sleep with her baby at night.
Within a given Western country there are differences among parents regarding bed-sharing (Blog Posts 163–165). Between different Western countries, there are differences in how children sleep (Blog Post 101). Compared to Western countries, in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries or cultures, late bedtimes are common (Blog Posts 14 and 88) but it is not known whether the late bedtimes are specifically associated with bed-sharing. Even in non-Western countries, when late bedtimes are moved earlier (Blog Post 111), both the child and the mother benefit.
Blog Post 52 discusses sleeping through the night.
Blog Post 82 discusses bed-sharing during the first 6 months.
Blog Post 95 discusses sleep transitions during the first 6 months.
Blog Post 99A discusses benefits of early bedtimes IG reels
Blog Post 112 discusses circadian sleep rhythms.
Blog Post 123 discusses why late bedtimes harm the child.
Blog Post 167: “Thus, there is not yet enough evidence to support or refute the primary message of the supporters of bed-sharing, which suggests that bed sharing is an evolutionary meaningful and natural practice with several benefits to the infant and mother.”
(To be continued)