One of the answers that makes sense to me. Yes, parenthood qualms and this is definitely a commone question. I have to agree that they DO have a small tummy and it empties really quickly!
See if this works for you :). Some answers may be of relief.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed.
It’s perhaps the most talked-about topic on online forums, and there’s an entire publishing industry based on the idea that with the right training, babies can and should sleep more.
Here, BuzzFeed News speaks to two leading experts to find out why babies wake up during the night – and why it might actually be a good thing.
1. Why do babies wake up? Because they’re supposed to.
“That’s not perhaps what most parents would like to hear.”
2. In fact, nobody really sleeps through the night, even adults.
“It’s normal to have periods of waking up and short sleeps. With hunter-gatherers, they sleep for two hours and then they’re awake and that’s for the whole 24 hours.”
3. Human babies are born earlier in their development than other animals – they need close contact or an “external womb”.
4. Babies who wake up a lot are actually associated with higher levels of intelligence and better mental health.
5. Babies have a much shorter sleep cycle than adults.
What this means is that it’s normal for babies to fidget and wake – and unlike adults, they struggle to get back to sleep by themselves.
6. Babies need their parents to stay calm, and leaving them to cry seriously stresses them out, even if they’re quiet.
“If the parent still doesn’t come, the sympathetic system is kicking in – it’s fight or flight, you gotta hurry, you’re going to die here if you don’t get attention. If that doesn’t work then you go into the parasympathetic system and it makes you freeze or faint. That is an extreme reaction, but it’s there so you don’t use up all your energy and die.”
7. Babies sleep through the day and wake up at night to make sure they get your undivided attention.
8. Babies aren’t supposed to be apart from their parents, whether in a separate room or even in their own bed.
“If the baby is constantly with mum, the idea that they need to sleep for long periods of time doesn’t really arise. In most parts of the world and most infants on this planet, that is still the case.”
Fleming says there is evidence to show a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as cot death) among babies that are kept in separate rooms.
9. That’s why co-sleeping is such a popular technique across the world: Babies crave personal contact and can get upset when they don’t get it.
Fleming admits that while it’s not possible for working parents to be with their children constantly, there can be compromises, such as being in as close contact as possible while they are with their kids.