How can I help my child?
Newborn babies sleep for up to 16 hours a day, although at first they will wake every two or three hours to feed.
At about six weeks you should try introducing a bedtime routine for your baby. Try to do the same things every night, as getting into a rhythm will make your baby feel relaxed and secure.
After about four months babies should start sleeping for longer periods, and by about six to eight months, your baby can probably manage without a night feed and may sleep for six to eight hours without waking.
When you put your baby to bed, put pyjamas and a fresh nappy on them and place them into bed on their back. You may also like to sing them a lullaby or read them a bedtime story.
Tips to encourage sleeping
- Develop a consistent bedtime routine from an early age.
- Create a calm and relaxed place to sleep. Do not leave a TV on.
- Reduce stimulation - if necessary remove toys that may get them excited rather than signal time to sleep. Read a bedtime story.
- Make sure that your baby’s room is neither too hot nor too cold (recommended room temperature is 16-20°C or 61-68°F).
Stay calm and take a few minutes to compose yourself if you feel you need to.
Remember that every child’s sleep pattern is different.
Introduce a routine as early as six weeks if you can.
If you are worried, contact your health visitor.