By Vanessa Mangru // SWNS
NEWS COPY w/ VIDEO+ INFOGRAPHIC Most parents believe in sleeping legends. This leads many parents to keep their children awake all night to exhaust them before bedtime.
A survey of 2,000 parents of children ages 0 to 5 looked at some of the concerns when it comes to their child sleeping and found that more than two-thirds of parents believe in sleeping myths or urban legends (68%).
Whether they hear it from their own parents (59%) or read it online (49%), new parents are open to testing out these sleep training methods — like keeping their baby on a strict sleep schedule (67%) or “camping out” so that their child becomes less dependent (60%).
Seventy percent of parents still believe that their baby will sleep later in the morning if they go to sleep later, and half would avoid rocking their baby to sleep to prevent dependency (53%).
On average, parents try these myths for five years before deciding if they like them.
Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Naturepedic for Baby Safety Month, the survey also found that parents of young children worry the most when their baby is sleeping than at any other time of the day.
One in 10 didn’t know about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) prior to having children and another 11% weren’t previously aware of the ABCs of sleep (A for alone, B for back, C for crib).
Nearly a fifth of all new parents didn’t know that their baby might also suffer from sleep apnea.
Parents are often quick to do whatever it takes to ensure their child’s sleep is as comfortable, peaceful, and secure as possible.
Eighty-eight% of parents have bought new bedding or mattresses to help their children sleep through the night.
They’ve also made their kids’ sleep environment comfortable by putting on a night light (44%), purchasing stuffed animals (41%) and giving their child comfortable clothing (39%).
On average, parents spend four hours a week researching the best products for their child — especially clothing (56%) and mattresses/bedding (46%).
And they’re most drawn to labels that say safe (50%), breathable/breathe safe (44%, 39%), non-toxic (37%) or organic (37%).
No matter how much research they do, four in five parents wish companies were more transparent about the materials they use in their baby products (81%).
Four in five parents are confident in their understanding of how safe the components that make up the products they purchase for their child are and 77% believe breathability and waterproofing are equally important when purchasing a crib mattress.
Additionally, 70% believe it’s important to purchase organic for their baby.
Parents are most worried when their baby is asleep, so it’s important that parents have clear, transparent and concise information about the safest products for their child,” stated Barry A. Cik (founder and technical director at Naturepedic). Parents are often faced with confusing claims, which can make it difficult. First, look out for certifications such as GOTS or MADE SAFE. “
Seven in 10 also wish there was more information available on how to take care of the products they purchase for their child.
The mattress is a major concern for parents. Three of the five most popular myths/urban legends that parents believe involve their child’s sleeping space.
One of the most overlooked aspects of the sleep space is cleaning the mattress (36%).
Since half of respondents’ children have frequent accidents on their mattress (54%), parents find themselves wondering how often they clean their child’s mattress.
Do parents know what their children are breathing in if they have a breathable mattress? Cik said that there are chemical concerns if the mattress has not been certified organic and hygienic concerns if the mattress isn’t waterproof. There are many concerns because children often have accidents on their mattresses. That’s why we waterproof the mattress first, then add breathability on top.”
LANGUAGE PARENTS ARE DRAWN TO
- Breathe safe
- Air flow
- Breathe right
MOST BELIEVED SLEEP MYTHS/URBAN LEGENDS
- Breathable mattresses are the most comfortable/healthy for babies (75%)
- Breathable mattresses prevent suffocation (73%)
- Babies will sleep later in the morning if they go to sleep later (70%)
- Breathable mattresses prevent SIDS (68%)
- Babies need to have a strict sleep schedule (67%)
- You shouldn’t wake a sleeping baby (66%)
- Sleep training works better if the baby is very tired from not napping or staying up late (64%)
- The “camping out” method will help my baby become less dependent on me (60%)
- I have to be quiet when my baby is sleeping (60%)
- Adding rice cereal to a night bottle will help them sleep better (60%)
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