What is normal sleep for a baby?

Expert: Professor Helen Ball
Masterclass structure: 10 lessons ( 36:22 minutes)

About this class

About this masterclass: All new parents talk about how much or how well their baby is sleeping. There is the assumption that there is a ‘normal’ or ‘good’ sleep for babies and if your baby does not sleep that way, you must be doing wrong or there is something wrong with your baby. In this masterclass, Professor Helen Ball, dispels all myths about what normal infant sleep looks like and explains where our idea of how normal infant sleep looks like. This masterclass is of interest to soon to be parents or parents of babies.


About the expert

Professor Helen Ball is the Director of the Infancy and Sleep Centre at Durham University. She examines infant and parent-child infant sleep and pioneers the translation of academic research on infant sleep into evidence for use by parents an healthcare staff.
She serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Sleep Health, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Lactation. She is Chair of the Lullaby Trust Scientific Committee and a Board Member or the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Deaths (ISPID). In 2013 Helen received an award for Outstanding Impact in Society from the Economic and Social Research Council and in 2018 she was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for her research and outreach on parent-infant sleep.

Lessons in this class

11 Lessons (1:12:10hour)
0. Lesson - The complete masterclass 35:48
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:33
2. Lesson - What is normal sleep for infants? 2:25
3. Lesson - Biologically normal view of infant sleep 3:25
4. Lesson - Cultural normal view of infant sleep 1:56
5. Lesson - When infant sleep is not what you expected 2:07
6. Lesson - Where does the idea of what is normal sleep come from? 11:04
7. Lesson - Parents' expectations and anxiety about baby sleep 7:41
8. Lesson - Adjusting your expectations about your baby's sleep 3:53
9. Lesson - What about sleep training? 1:02
10. Lesson - Take home message 2:16

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