Sleep and SIDS


Sleep Patterns

In the first months, babies are asleep more than they're awake.

Newborns sleep for 16 to 20 hours waking every 4 hours to feed.

70% of babies sleep through the night by 4 months, most by 6 months, At 12 monthsm being more active, they sleep a night withough waking and having a daytime nap. By age 3, the nap is dicontinued and night time sleep decreaeses. 

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Importance of Sleep

During sleep the body produces a growth hormone and rests mentally and physically.

A routine calms children and makes them feel more secure.

In the run up to bed time....

  • Reduce activity level
  • Offer a warm barth and drink
  • Read a story
  • Recall day time activities 
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is rare. It is the sudden, unepecgted death of the baby as it dleeps. Measures can be takern to reduce the risk of SIDS.


  • Put a baby on their back with feet at the end of the cot
  • Use a firm mattress
  • Tuck covers in well below babys shoulders
  • Ensure the room is at 16 to 18 degrees.
  • Seek medical advice if baby is unwell
  • Breastfeed is possible.


  • Let anyone smoke in the house
  • Have a baby in bed with you
  • Cover the babys head
  • Put a cot near a radiator or in direct sunlight, or let a baby overheat
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