By Health Promotion Board in collaboration with Dr. Yvonne Ng, Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology, National University Hospital.

Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. But as all new parents know, that’s easier said than done! Daddies and mummies only sleep well when the baby sleeps well.

So what can you do to get the little one to sleep well, and through the night, waking up only for a night feed if needed?

1. As Different as Night and Day

Help your baby differentiate between day and night. During the day, have lots of interactive fun with your baby.

At night, reduce the amount of excitement. Keep the light in the bedroom dim, and talk to your baby in soft, gentle tones. This will help set your baby’s body clock so he knows when it’s time to play and when it’s time to sleep.

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2. Set up a Routine

A simple, relaxing bedtime routine for your baby can do wonders. Half an hour before bedtime, put your baby in pyjamas after his bath, and read him a book, sing him a lullaby, or give him a calming massage. Once you’ve set a routine, your baby will know when it’s time for a good night’s rest.

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3. Use This Sleep Position

Let your baby sleep on his back. 

For babies under 6 months old, do not place blankets, pillows, cot bumpers, soft toys or other items in the crib, as this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Other steps to prevent SIDS

  • Do not let anyone smoke around your baby. 
  • Let your baby sleep in your room, but not in your bed.
  • Breastfeed until he is at least 6 months old.
  • Make sure that the bedding is safe and secure.

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Sleep regression: A Normal Phase in Development

Yes! Babies and toddlers who were previously sleeping through the night, may have sleep regressions. They may have troubling falling asleep or may wake up in the middle of the night. There is no need to feel that everything is back to square one! This is part of their normal development and can last from 2-6 weeks. Babies can go through sleep regression typically at 3-4 months, 8-9 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. This is just a phase and don’t worry, things will be back to normal pretty soon! Just stick to your same routine before sleep. 

Don't Worry!

Each baby is different and parents should not worry if their baby hasn’t started sleeping through the night yet. The duration of sleep also varies between individuals. The important thing is to establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. It shouldn’t be long before parents too, can get some well-deserved rest.

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