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Does teething affect my baby’s sleep? Is it a myth?

By BabySleepAdmin 2 weeks ago

Does teething affect my baby’s sleep? Is it a myth?

Almost all parents and many health care providers believe that teething disrupts infant sleep. However, the link between teething and difficulty sleeping might be a myth! In fact, recent research that recorded daily sleep for months have not consistently shown any differences in sleep between when a baby is teething and when they are not. It didn’t affect sleep quality (how well or poorly a baby sleeps) or duration (how much a baby sleeps). In essence, for the average baby, teething does not disrupt sleep. Babies do not wake more frequently or sleep less on nights around a tooth eruption (teething).

Of course, every baby is different, and some may be more sensitive to the effects of teething than others. Still, these findings suggest that for most babies, teething is unlikely to negatively impact sleep. So, if your baby is teething, there’s no need to be overly concerned that this will lead to a difficult night. If sleep does become an issue, consider other potential causes and consult a healthcare professional if necessary. Understanding that teething might not be the culprit can help you look for other solutions and maintain a more restful night for everyone.

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  Sleep Problems, Sleep Training