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A baby wakes up during the night for a variety of biological reasons, including his basic need to be feed or comforted. Your baby's individual urges, as well as how you choose to meet them, all influence when and why he stops waking in the night.
Interestingly, laboratory studies suggest that, on average, babies who sleep-share may "arouse" briefly more often than babies who sleep alone in another room. The studies also show, though, that once awake, babies who sleep in a family bed stay awake for shorter periods of time and go back to sleep sooner than babies who sleep alone in another room.
Some babies — due to their own temperaments or needs — are simply better at soothing themselves back to sleep than others. So it's misleading to think that sleep-sharing alone will determine when your baby starts sleeping through the night.
In the long run, infants who routinely share an adult bed from birth generally choose to sleep alone a year or so later than infants who sleep alone from birth. That said, babies who sleep in a family bed develop normally and learn all the same skills — including the ability to self-soothe — as babies who sleep in a separate room. And they enjoy many social, psychological, and cognitive benefits as a result of sleep-sharing.