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  • Is it true that the sleep patterns of a baby inside the womb predict her sleep schedule after she is born?

    Find out what our experts have to say.
  • sleeping baby

    This is generally considered an old wives’ tale. There is no scientific evidence that proves or disproves this. This notion only shows, though, that babies develop a sleep-and-wake cycle before they are born.

    Just like newborns, babies inside the womb don’t have a typical day/night schedule.


    Sources:
    •    Sleep Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler by Ann Douglas
    •    James McKenna, sleep expert
    •    Mary O’Malley, sleep consultant
    •    Deborah Lin-Dyken, pediatric sleep disorders expert
    •    Jodi Mindell, pediatric sleep expert
    •    Jan Barger, lactation consultant
    •    Deborah Lin-Dyken, pediatric sleep disorders

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