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Keywords:

  • childcare;
  • infants;
  • sleep problem

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate parenting, sleep, and health of mothers in relation to their infant’s sleep or activity rhythm when faced with various difficulties of childcare. A self-reported questionnaire was completed by 114 mothers of children aged 1–3 years. Nineteen (18%) mothers (Problem group) had problems with their child’s sleep or activity rhythm. They had more sleep problems themselves. In terms of difficulties of childcare, the rate of mothers who answered “hard to train” and “disobeying” was higher in the Problem group. These results suggest that mother’s sleep was related to child’s sleep and that child’s sleep problems were related to mother’s subjective childcare difficulties.