#Baby #Sleep Questions Answered by @WeisbluthMethod #Pediatrics! by Elisa Schmitz
If you’ve had a baby, chances are, you’ve wished for a good night’s sleep! Dr. Daniel Weissbluth, pediatrician in Chicago and founder of Weissbluth Pediatrics, recently joined our 30Second Mom Twitter chat to share his expertise on the topic of Infant Sleep. His father, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, discovered that sleep is linked to temperament and that sleeping problems are related to infant colic. He authored the popular book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, which has helped a great number of parents develop consistent sleep schedules. Dr. Dan continues to practice the Weissbluth Method and treat patients in his Chicago office. Read on to learn about healthy sleep habits for babies!
Q: Dr. Weissbluth, can you summarize the Weissbluth Method’s basic principle?
A: Great question: Sleep is a lot like food. Quality is more important than quantity!
Q: What is one common myth about infant sleep?
A: The Myth of Total Sleep Duration: the idea is that the early bedtime causes an earlier wake-up time. Many parents think keeping their child up later at night will allow them to sleep better.
Q: Can you give us a helpful sleep tip?
A: Black-out shades! The darker the room, the better! It can make your nursery like a cave. Black garbage bags are low cost and effective (albeit unattractive) solution.
Q: What is colic?
Q: How common is colic?
A: About 20 percent of infants qualify for being called “colicky.”
Q: What problems does daycare present in terms of sleep?
A: Too early wake-up, too late bedtime and poor sleep quality during daycare.
Q: What is sleep inertia?
A: It is the intrusion of sleep into wakefulness, similar to grogginess. It can point to being overtired.
Q: What does sleep inertia after a nap represent?
A: It is a strong clue that the bedtime is too late!
Q: Thank you for all of the helpful information! How can new patients schedule a sleep consult for more help?
A: Call my office: 312-202-0300!
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