Debunking Infant Sleeping Myths Kritika Ponia July 3, 2012 Parenting Parenting can be daunting especially if it is the first time for you. There are too many things to keep in mind but the problem is that there are so many myths and misconceptions that make it seem even more arduous than it really is. Especially when it comes to infant sleeping, different people will tell you different things and barely any of them will actually be true. To give you some information, here are myths debunked for you: 1. No matter what someone may tell you, always keep in mind that you can’t control the duration of your baby’s sleep. You can’t determine or externally induce sleep. The infant is on his own internal schedule. Be patient and let your baby sleep at his will. All you need to do is sleep when he sleeps. 2. Swaddling is a traditional way of comforting your baby and it works wonders! Don’t let anybody talk you into believing that it doesn’t help. It has been proven that babies who are swaddled sleep better and longer. Swaddling is not the culprit when one talks of the risk of SIDS. The swaddling blankets are to be blamed. You should make sure you buy blankets that are made from breathable and light cotton fabric. Fleece and wool are a big no. 3. You may have heard from many that adding rice cereal to your baby milk will help him sleep. This is unproven and thus, you should not try it. Some scientists say that it can even be harmful for your baby. 4. Regardless of what people say to you, remember that co-sleeping is a good thing. If you want to co-sleep, you should. Sleep sharing will make it easier for you to breastfeed your baby at night. Plus, your bond with your child will increase naturally.