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  • Babies Sleep

    Global Trends - Baby's Sleep

    Here are some interesting facts about babies sleep around the world:

    • In the South Pacific, babies generally sleep alongside their parents until they are three-years-old. During the day, rocking is a popular method of getting babies to sleep (1). 
    • In the US, a survey conducted in 1992 found that 80% of babies sleep in a separate room after they turn 6-months-old (2). 
    • In Bali, babies sleep with their mothers until they are 3-years-old (3). 
    •  Traditionally, Japanese families sleep in the same room and many babies sleep in the same bed as their parents (4). 
    • Mayan babies share their mothers’ beds, breastfeeding at will during the day and night, until a new baby comes along (usually when toddler is 2-3 years old). There is no real sleep routine – baby just falls asleep when tired or when parents go to sleep (5). 

     

  • References:

    1. Le H-N. 2000. “Never leave your little one alone: Raising an Ifaluk child,” A world of babies: Imagined childcare guides for seven societies (J. DeLoache and A. Gottlieb, eds.) New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 199-231 
    2. Morelli GA, Rogoff B, Oppenheim D, and Goldsmith D. 1992. “Cultural variation in infants’ sleeping arrangements: Questions of independence”. Developmental Psychology Vol. 28, University of Michigan. 
    3. Diener M. 2000. “Gift from the gods: A Balinese guide to early child rearing,” A world of babies: Imagined childcare guides for seven societies (J. DeLoache and A. Gottlieb, eds.) New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 199-231. 
    4. Fukumizu M, Kaga M, Kohaga J, and Hayes MJ. 2005. “Sleep related night-time crying” (Yonaki), Japan: A commuity-based study. 115: 217-224 
    5. Morelli GA, Rogoff B, Oppenheim D, and Goldsmith D. 1999. “Cultural variation in infants’ sleeping arrangements: Questions of independence”, Developmental Psychology Vol. 28, University of Michigan.