On the day of Prince George's christening we have advice for new parents like Kate and William who are struggling to get their little ones off to sleep
Plus, if you can't get the 8 hours sleep every night that we're told that we should have, here's how to improve the quality of what you can get.
Sleep tips from Mandy Gurney, Director of Millpond Sleep Clinic
1. Babies are born with no internal body clocks. You can help teach your baby the difference between day and night by taking him out for daily walks in the fresh air.
2. So your baby knows when it’s time to sleep, have a short winding down bedtime routine that you follow every night. In the early days he won’t fully understand this, but gradually he will know these simple steps mean sleep is coming. This routine could include a quiet relaxing bath or wash, a sleep suit, sleeping bag, cuddle, feed and bed.
3. Always put your baby down to sleep when he’s still awake. Use your bedtime routine to wind your baby down so that he’s relaxed and ready to sleep. And if he falls asleep during the milk feed, rouse him gently before you put him down.
4. Teaching your baby to put himself to sleep at the beginning of the night means he is likely to do this again when he wakes during the night.
5. It’s a good idea to create a place for your baby to sleep where he can be undisturbed. Having his naps and night sleep in his cot, in a darkened room will help him to feel secure and safe as he drifts off to sleep.
6. Create a day time routine. This doesn’t have to be a rigid schedule. Some days your baby will be hungrier than others, or need a little more or less sleep, but following a general pattern to your day will stop your baby becoming overtired or having too much sleep in the day.