It’s normal and beneficial for babies to wake for feeding during the night, and they will need you to care for them when they do.
Sleep deprivation is hard, but it’s a normal and natural part of being a new parent. Set out below, though, are some suggestions which might help to make life a little easier:
If you are alone with your baby and you start to feel harassed and angry, gently put your baby safely in their cot and go into another room for ten minutes until you calm down. Breathe calmly, and quietly play some of your favourite music.
When they are first born, babies have no sense of time and will sleep a lot. As they get older, they will gradually need less sleep and fewer naps. It’s important to try and help your baby get into good night-time sleeping habits, as this will make them (and you!) happier during the day.
KEEP YOUR BABY SAFE
Becoming a parent is a very special time, but it can also be worrying, too. Following these top tips will help to keep your baby safe and healthy, and reduce the risk of sudden infant death (also known as cot death). More information and advice on safer sleeping for your baby and you is available from organisations such as The Lullaby Trust: www.lullabytrust.org.uk
Sharing a bed with your baby if you have consumed alcohol or drugs is especially dangerous. You could end up lying on top of your baby, causing your baby to die, which is a criminal offence, so take care NEVER to do this.
Baby bedtime basics