Mommy Monday: Common Myths About Your Baby and Their Sleep

Lynchburg, VA - We are putting to bed rumors about your baby and their sleep in this week's Mommy Monday.

You may have heard that setting a late bedtime will prevent a baby from waking up too early.

It may seem logical, but keeping a baby up late will make them overtired, which makes them wired and it's harder for them to fall back to sleep if they wake up early.

When it comes to a newborn, sleep is important, but there are some other myths worth busting.

First off, the myth that it's okay to let the dog sleep in the nursery.

Actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends never leave a baby alone with a pet. About 600,000 children are bitten by dogs every year. Even a cat can cause hard to your infant.

To play it safe, make the nursery a no-pet zone.

Another myth: never wake a sleeping baby. It's not true. In the first few weeks of infancy, your baby needs to eat every two to three hours.

In order to keep your baby at a healthy weight there may be times when you will have to nudge the baby awake to feed..

Another baby sleep myth is keeping the nursery completely quiet.

Newborns actually find background noise, like a shushing sound of a fan, comforting and familiar. It reminds them of the constant noise they heard when they were in utero.

The added white noise can drown out the rest of the noise throughout the house that can wake the baby.