Sleep is vital for growth, maintaining a healthy weight, fighting sickness, and reducing injury risk. Good sleep habits can be introduced from 3-6 months old.
Please find information and recommendation below on the importance of sleep for babies and young children, as well as how to form and maintain good bedtime habits.
Crying and sleeping information for parents/carers
Changing sleep patterns information leaflet for parents/carers
Encouraging good bedtime habits 1 information for parents/carers
Encouraging good bedtime habits 2 information for parents/carers
Encouraging good bedtime habits 3 information for parents/carers
NHS Choices - tips, advice and resources on childhood tiredness, sleep problems and routines
Tired Out -Tired Out is Family Fund’s new sleep support hub which aims to help parents and carers of disabled children to sleep better. It pulls sleep information and resources together in one place. This includes information about support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.
Isis Online - Infant sleep information source; presents research evidence about biologically normal sleep for human babies
Save the children - Eat Sleep Learn Play initiative
PACEY - promoting sleep in the early years
For further information, advice and support please contact your health visiting service