It's never too early to start encouraging your child to get a good night's sleep, and sleep is important for your child's health and wellbeing:

There are lots of things you can do to make sure your baby is as safe as possible when they’re asleep:


Sleep can be a cause for concern for new parents. Midwives and health visitors will cover sleep in their face-to-face sessions but if you have any concerns, please do contact them direct. For further online help and advice, please see Baby Watching: making sense of your baby (PDF, 1.4 MB) – a series of useful videos covering bonding, baby states, early interactions and sleeping and soothing.

If you see a change in your baby’s sleeping pattern ask your GP to check for any underlying concerns, for example, ear infections are a common cause of sleep disturbance.