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Mother Shares Viral Parenting Tip For Newborns’ Sleeping Habits

By Katilyn Thomas

Being parents to a newborn baby is never an easy task, especially for first-time parents. But even for parents who have raised kids before, taking care of a newborn can still be a challenge. To help other parents, a mother shared life-changing advice on the video-making app, TikTok, that went viral. 

According to Newshub, Chrissy Horton — who has over 3,00,000 followers on the app, where she frequently shares parenting advice — said in a recent video that garnered nearly 4 million views, “Please tell me I’m not the only parent who just discovered this about newborn sleep….I am on my fourth kid, my fourth kid, and I just learnt this about sleeping and it would have saved me so much if I’d known about it earlier,” she continued.

According to the report, Horton explained that she discovered babies regularly alternate between active and quiet sleep. If your baby, therefore, appears restless while sleeping, there is no need to pick them up and try to soothe them — if anything, you may be waking them from sleep, she said. She went on to explain that “quiet sleeping” was the peaceful one, but “active sleep” saw her baby appear unsettled. “I would hear my babies do this and just assume that they were frustrated and wanted to be picked up, so I would pick them up, but in actuality, I was waking them up,” Horton shared. She advised other parents to “give it a few seconds”.

Want to learn more about active vs. quiet sleep? Click here to read about Infant Sleep Cycles by The Sleep Foundation.

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