We all need sleep. It helps little ones to grow and develop. Longer periods of sleep loss can significantly impair learning and cognitive processing. Young children who do not get enough sleep are at greater risk of becoming obese as older children and adults. Every child will need a different amount, but making sure they have a safe, regular bedtime routine to help them sleep well is important. Early Years settings and the health visiting service can support parents establish a good bedtime routine if they are struggling.
NHS information Helping your baby to sleep guide
Advice and resources
The Children’s Sleep Charity has advice for both parents and professionals
Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep for Babies parent guide
ICON Infant crying and how to cope leaflet for parents from Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership
Bath, Book, Bed routine from the Book Trust
Safe Sleeping reducing the risk of SIDS advice from Wessex Healthier Together