Parental experiences of infant sleep: a comprehensive review and critical analysis of the literature

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2013-01-23

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Haley, Randi

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The aim of this critical literature review is to identify parental experiences of infant sleep in the first two years. Infant sleep is a common topic in new parent groups and is an issue frequently addressed at public health nurse contacts and physician visits. However, parental experiences of infant sleep from a qualitative perspective are not well known in the literature. I have completed a comprehensive review and critical analysis of the literature in order to identify sleep and parental experiences. My comprehensive literature search identifies that there is very little qualitative literature exploring parental experiences of infant sleep. Upon critical analysis, I discovered that the topic of parental experiences of infant sleep is a complex phenomenon that is under researched. The results of my review indicate that parents can feel judged; and that there is too much of a focus on the baby. Additionally, social location, knowledge and resources influence parents' experiences, values and beliefs.

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parental experiences, infants, sleep, nursing

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