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Less than 6 percent of Chinese parents know why their babies do not sleep well at night

By Liu Zhihua | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2016-12-27 15:39

Cui Yutao Yuxueyuan, a popular Chinese child-rearing app, and baby diaper brand Pampers recently released in Beijing a White Paper on the Sleep Quality of Chinese Babies, which is the first of its kind in China based on big data analysis through seminars the app hosted and a survey involving nearly 10,000 respondents.

According to the White Paper, more than 75 percent of Chinese parents have babies who do not sleep well at night, and babies aged between 6 to 12 months in particular have restless nights and wake up multiples times at night.

It also says that less than 6 percent of parents know why their babies do not enjoy a deep sleep at night, and 23 percent of parents do not have the slightest idea of the reasons.

Babies cuddled or nursed to sleep wake up more frequently in the middle of the night; waking up babies to nurse them or change diapers also dramatically affects their sleep quality.

Data also showed that parents who do not think their babies sleep well are more inclined to deliberately disrupt the babies' sleep, according to the White Paper.

Cui Yutao Yuxueyuan and Pampers also announced a strategic partnership and released the "Five Foolproof Tips" for Chinese parents to help their babies sleep through the night for better growth, which ask parents not to cuddle or nurse the babies to sleep, have the babies sleep in their own cribs, not to pick up babies who wake up in the middle of the night immediately, and not to wake the babies up from deep sleep to feed them.

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