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Bibs & bobs — 30 June 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

The secret to a good night's sleep | How father's can improve their wife's and baby's health | TV watching is impacting on children's sleep

The secret to a good night's sleep

University of Geneva (Switzerland) researchers are claiming that rocking is good for sleep. Their study, done with 18 volunteers, found that they fell asleep more rapidly when rocked and had longer periods of deeper sleep associated with fewer arousals during the night, even if they were already good sleepers.—The New Daily

How fathers can improve their wife's and baby's health

A new study finds that by adding a few subtle cues to prenatal care waiting rooms, such as photos of men and babies, and pamphlets and magazines aimed toward men, fathers can become more involved in prenatal care and increase healthier outcomes for women and infants. Seeing a balance of father- and mother-focused images may help men to better visualise and feel confident in their role in prenatal care, the researchers said.—Rutgers Today

TV watching is impacting on children's sleep

Preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don’t, according to new research by University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA). The study also found that 36 per cent of three- to five-year-olds had TVs in their bedroom, and a third of those kids fell asleep with the TV on, often watching stimulating or violent adult programming.—University of Massachusetts Amherst