What We Do
The University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab is both a research and teaching laboratory.
Upperclass undergraduate students at Notre Dame gain firsthand experience conducting cutting-edge research examining issues of national and international significance. These issues include the safety of different sleep environments as well, as the physiological and/or psychological consequences of the choice of sleeping arrangements parents make.
Using traditional anthropological methods and laboratory observations, our research addresses clinically important pediatric questions like:
- What is the basis by which parents make decisions about how and where their infants and children sleep?
- How closely do parents abide by their own descriptions of sleeping arrangements?
- How satisfied are parents with their children's sleep? What factors influence how parents evaluate their own and their childrens' sleep?
- How do breast-feeding and bottle-feeding families vary in regard to sleep and feeding behaviors?
- How do breast-feeding and bottle-feeding parents evaluate their nighttime restfulness?
- What do parents remember or forget about their previous nights caregiving behavior?
- Do mothers and fathers differ in their nighttime caregiving? If so, how?
- How responsive are men vs. women to their infant's nighttime needs or sounds?
- To what extent do parents change their attitudes about where and how infants should sleep over time?
- To what extent are parents knowledgeable about safety issues and/or how to minimize the chance of injuries to infants or children during sleep?