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7 Baby Sleep Myths Debunked (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 11, 2013

"Your baby has to sleep in a crib for it to count as sleep."

Any parent knows the feeling of relief that comes with a baby fast asleep in a stroller or slumbering in the car seat. But some say that sleeping anywhere other than the crib doesn't really count toward your little one's healthy sleep total. Guess what? If your baby's eyes are closed and he's busy dreaming of a never-ending supply of milk, it counts. Pat yourself on the back, breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy a few relaxing moments of me-time.

"Babies need complete silence to sleep."

Tip-toeing around your sleeping tot might seem courteous, but it could hurt you in the long run. Babies who only sleep in perfect quiet conditions can have trouble getting to sleep and may not sleep soundly. Any little noise, ding-dong or car driving by could interrupt what was supposed to be nap time. Instead, invest in a white noise machine or fan—it'll create constant noise so your little one can sleep, but you won't have to stay completely silent.

You should start sleep training your baby right away."

Sleep training methods, like Ferberizing or the Pantley Method, are meant to help your little one get to sleep and stay asleep so you can catch up on your own z's. But sleep training should never be used on a baby under six months of age—until then, he'll cry when he's hungry, wet or needs his mama, not because he's manipulating you. Don't cut him off until you know he's big enough to go all night without a bite to eat or a changing. Until then, you're at baby’s beck and call.

Your little one's sleep schedule can be your source of stress, but it's a normal part of the first year of your baby's life. What's right for someone else's baby might not be right for your little one, so trust your instincts. Expect plenty of ups and downs, nighttime waking and midnight snuggles. While you might feel like a sleep-deprived zombie, you won't want to have it any other way.

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