• Rosie Price


Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Tips to get your child to sleep

Everyone wants their baby to sleep and newborn babies sleep a lot but probably not when you want them to sleep! Babies need to learn the difference between night and day. During the night when your baby wakes up have a darker room and talk softly to her but when feeding and changing diapers in the day, have a bright room and engage with your child by singing, talking and playing.

When our twins were 6 weeks old, my husband and I started a bedtime routine for them. I was determined to have them sleeping peacefully so we could enjoy dinner together. We gave them a bath, story and a feed and and bedtime was approximately the same time each night.

It took a long time to establish a bedtime routine, one of the twins became sick and was unsettled, then the other one was sick. Sometimes they would not sleep and cry a lot. Other times we had family and friends round for dinner and the routine was lost. My husband and I rarely ate dinner together! However, we persisted and it paid off. Children like routines and predictability.

The World Health Organization issued guidelines that children need "good quality sleep". I interpret this as infants should be placed in their cribs ( on their backs) to sleep and not left in car seats and strollers. This advice is for naps as well.

Establishing good bedtime practices will allow you and your child to have more sleep which is essential for everyone!!

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