Learning to Crawl Disrupts Infant Sleep (Or, Science Confirms What We’ve Already Observed)

Sometimes, when you’re going through a rough patch with your baby’s sleep, it helps just to know that it’s normal. A recent study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development helps in this regard, because it shows that when babies learn to crawl, they have a harder time sleeping during the night (1).

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Sometimes, when you’re going through a rough patch with your baby’s sleep, it helps just to know that it’s normal. A recent study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development helps in this regard, because it shows that when babies learn to crawl, they have a harder time sleeping during the night (1).

The study, conducted in Israel, followed 28 infants from about 5 months to 11 months of age. Every 2-3 weeks, the babies’ motor skills and sleep patterns were assessed at a home visit by a trained researcher. The researchers compared sleep patterns before crawling, during the two weeks around the onset of crawling, and during the time after crawling. Although this study was small, the measurements were detailed, and the fact that the study was longitudinal, following the same infants over time (rather than a snapshot in time of different-aged infants) make the…

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