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Baby Sleep Questions You Never Knew The Answers To – But Now You Do

Ah. The world of baby sleep. One minute you think you’ve got it sorted and then the next night everything changes. But guess what? That’s completely normal. From safe sleep tips to knowing when it’s time to move to a big bed, here’s how to find the answers for your baby sleep questions.
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How do I establish the difference between day and night?

There are lots of tips and tricks you can try to help your baby differentiate between night and day – and you can start when your baby’s just a few weeks old. From enjoying lots of natural light during the day to acting differently with your baby during the night, read our expert top tips below.

READ: TEACH YOUR BABY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY

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What should I do if my baby sleeps on her front?

It can be scary if your baby starts rolling over in the night and sleeping on her front. But don’t panic. It’s a case of knowing how to handle it. ‘Little ones develop the ability to roll themselves from back to front at around three or four months,’ says Felicity Sullivan from The Lullaby Trust. ‘So, what we tend to say is that when your baby can do this and also turn herself back the other way, it’s fine to let her find her own sleeping position.’

READ: BABY SLEEPING ON HER FRONT? LEARN HOW TO MANAGE IT

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How can white noise help my baby sleep?

White noise can be a brilliant tool in helping your baby drift off to sleep. It resembles the kind of sounds that she heard in the womb, which is calming and familiar for her to hear again.

READ: WHAT IS WHITE NOISE AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOUR BABY SLEEP?

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How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

Unfortunately, there is no magic answer but there are lots of different techniques you can try. From making sure your baby’s room is dark, the right temperature and quiet to establishing a great bedtime pattern, find the routine that works for you and you’ll both get there eventually.

READ: BABY SLEEP ROUTINES – FIND THE BEST ONE FOR YOU

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Why shouldn’t I co-sleep with my baby?

Health professionals tend to be against co-sleeping as it can increase the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which causes 300 deaths a year in the UK. While co-sleeping can make breastfeeding easier and be a space-saving option, it does have risks for your baby.

READ: WOULD THIS GP ADVICE STOP YOU CO-SLEEPING?

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When should I move my baby from a cot to bed?

There’s no set time for this but it tends to be when your tot’s aged between 18 months and three years old. Let her guide you. You might want to move her to a bed because you’re worried she’ll climb out of her cot and fall or to make room for a new baby – either way, make sure your child is ready and ease the transition with the top tips below.

READ: 10 TRICKS TO SUCCESSFULLY MOVE YOUR TODDLER TO A FIRST BED

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How much sleep should my baby have?

Every baby’s sleep pattern varies and depends a lot on her feeds. ‘On average, your three month old will sleep for around 10 hours at night and five in the day where she’s awake for an hour or two and then goes back to sleep,’ says Maryanne Taylor, baby sleep consultant and founder of Child Sleep Works. Once your baby’s a little older, there can be a big shift where she wakes more. ‘We’re not completely sure why this happens, but there’s a big development and physical jump around this time which could explain it,’ says Maryanne. Read more about your baby’s sleep evolution by clicking the link below.

READ: BABY SLEEP – WHAT’S NORMAL BETWEEN THREE AND SIX MONTHS

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How do I make sure my baby is safe at night?

There are a number of ways you can make sure your baby sleeps safely in her cot to help put your mind at ease. From putting her in a safe sleep position (on her bed) to making sure she’s the right temperature, take a read of everything you need to know below.

READ: SAFE BABY SLEEP – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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How many naps should my baby have?

The only person who knows how much sleep your baby needs is her. ‘If you wake her up, you’re depriving her of rest that she wants,’ says Sarah Ockwell Smith, author of BabyCalm: A Guide For Calmer Babies And Happier Parents. ‘That will make her over-tired – and, if she gets over-tired, she’ll be grumpier and less able to get back to sleep later.’

READ: 6 NAPTIME RULES THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR TODDLER'S SLEEP

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How long should my baby stay in my room for?

The NHS recommends that your baby should sleep in a cot or Moses basket for the first six months. After this point, your baby will probably begin weaning and need fewer night feeds so you may want her to have her own room – and give you and your partner some privacy.
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