If Baby’s Crawling, You’re Not Sleeping

Infants who have started crawling wake up more often at night compared to the period before the crawling, according to a new study by Dina Cohen MA, of the University of Haifa.

The study showed that the average age for the babies to begin crawling was seven months. This was accompanied by an increase in the number of times they woke up at night, from an average of 1.55 times per night to 1.98 times (based on ActiGraph measurements). The incidents of wakefulness also lasted longer, about 10 minutes on average, as per parental reports. The study also found that the scope and complexity of the changes were more pronounced among those who started crawling earlier.

The good news? Within three months from the day crawling begins, the baby will generally return to the sleep patterns from before acquiring the new motor skill.