You know those ‘sleep expert’ books taking up space on your shelf? You probably bought them online at 2am in a state of sleep-deprived desperation?
Well they’re useless. At least that’s what the findings from a new study would have us believe.
Published in the June issue of Paediatrics, the study says that a baby’s genetic makeup has far more of an impact on their sleep habits than any other factors like sleep training, co sleeping or feeding.
The study used a sample group of 995 sets of twins aged 6, 18, 30 and 48 months to determine what, if any, factors influenced when a baby started sleeping through the night.
Interestingly what they found was that in 47 per cent of 6 month olds, 58 per cent of 30 month olds and 54 per cent of 48 month olds, genetics were largely to blame (or thank) for how well a baby slept.