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Mandy Gurney, Founder
of Millpond Children's
Sleep Clinic and author
of sleep bible: Teach Your
Child To Sleep, guides
parents through the
sleep issues during that
important first year.
Sleep is so important for a child's health as
it directly impacts on both their mental and
Having realistic expectations
about your child's sleep helps
you adapt to their changes.
BABY'S BODY CLOCK
SLEEP DOES YOUR
Babies don't come with an inbuilt body clock and at first,
day and night will blend together. They will have sensed the
difference between night and day in the womb from your
movements or stillness, but cannot connect this with light and
dark and instead will use their tummies for sleep cues.
needed in the 1st year
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1 WEEK: 16.5
4 WEEKS: 15
Immerse them in the hustle and bustle of normal life in the
3 MONTHS: 15
day, and get out of the house - daily fresh air and daylight
will help regulate your baby's body clock. At nap times, keep
the curtains open and don't minimise noise. At night, do the
opposite, and during night feeds keep your voice low, with little
stimulation. This contrast will eventually help your baby learn
that night-time is for sleeping.
6 MONTHS: 14
9-12 MONTHS: 13.5
It is vital to establish a good bedtime routine as it is the
foundation for healthy sleep habits for life. Every night, set
aside 30 minutes for your routine. Start with a short warm bath,
then take your baby straight into the room where they'll sleep,
keeping the lights dim. Dress your baby for bed, then give them
a cuddle and a kiss before settling them in their cot.
your child may need
more or less sleep than
average, so try not to
compare them to others.
If they are thriving... then
you're getting it right.
During the early weeks your baby will probably need a feed
right before bed, but in time, you can try feeding before bath
time, so they become less dependent on sucking to sleep. Aim
to put your baby in their cot slightly awake so they get used to
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