Safe Sleeping & Caring for your Baby at Night
Newborn babies are often awake more at night; this is normal and helps to protect babies from cot death. Babies have short sleep cycles and they may wake at night for many reasons:
- Too hot
- Too cold
- Wet nappy
- Needing to feel close to parents.
There is no need to try and train your newborn baby to sleep at night as this will naturally change as the weeks go on. Respond to your baby’s needs as this will help your baby to feel safe and secure and will help their developing brain. For more information visit
Night times can be difficult for new parents and parents often find it difficult to sleep. Many breastfeeding mothers will feed their baby in bed as this is the only way they can rest. Please read this leaflet to make sure that you know how to keep your baby safe at night time www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly
Please think about these things when putting your baby down to sleep:
- There should always be an adult in the room where a baby is sleeping both day and night
- The room where your baby sleeps should be a smoke free zone
- Keep your baby’s nose and mouth clear so that they can breathe freely
- Place your baby on their back to sleep.
Do not share a bed with a baby if:
- Anyone in the bed is a smoker
- Anyone in the bed has drunk alcohol or taken medication to make them drowsy
- Baby is formula fed
- Baby was born preterm
- Never sleep with your baby on a settee or armchair.