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Sleep

Getting enough sleep is really important for children's physical and emotional wellbeing. Your child will be ready to learn and have fun if they’ve had enough sleep.
  

Babies

Newborn babies sleep a lot! However, their sleep is unlikely to fit in with your usual sleeping pattern. In the early days babies will be asleep more than they are awake.

They will wake frequently and will need feeding during the night. Getting enough sleep is essential for their development, it is the time when they can process their new experiences and skills that they are learning and wake feeling ready to learn some more!

What you can do to help

Babies

  • Look after yourself, sleep when your baby sleeps! This way you will feel more able to cope with the broken sleep at night.
  • Help your baby learn the difference between night and day from early on. At night keep the lights low and don’t talk to or play with your baby, put them down to sleep after a feed. During the day talk to and play with you baby whenever they are awake, don’t limit household noise. Your baby will learn that it is more fun to be awake during the day!
  • We do not recommend allowing your baby to cry themselves to sleep, they may learn to stop crying for you but will probably still be feeling upset.
  • Try to put your baby in the cot/crib when they are drowsy but not fast asleep whenever possible, stay with them and comfort them while they fall asleep.

 

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. If your aged 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635 443

**Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

 

 


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and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

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