Sleeping difficulties

How can I help my child?


Newborn babies can or may sleep 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 them 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.

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If you are worried, contact your GP or Health Visitor.