Coping with sleepless nights

It’s really hard to stay cheerful if you’re being woken up every couple of hours every night. Try to remember that it won’t last too long.

As your baby grows, they’ll be able to take more milk at each feed so they won’t get hungry again so quickly. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps and if you have a partner, ask them to help. They could look after the baby in the early morning, for example, so you can get a couple of hours extra sleep. If you’re bottle-feeding, ask them to share the night feeds. 

Some babies can sleep for five hours at a time by the time they’re three months old. About half of babies can sleep for eight hours at a time by the time they’re six months old. But other babies take much longer before they ‘sleep through the night’. If you’re worried about how your baby sleeps, talk to your health visitor.

Top tip

The safest way for your baby to sleep is on their back, not on front or side. This reduces the risk of cot death.

You and your baby after the birth

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