By the age of 6 months, few babies are sleeping through the night, so you’re not alone if your wee one doesn’t. We know that even getting them to sleep in the first place can be very tricky. You’ve probably tried some of them before, but here are some tips to help your baby get to the land of nod.
What the professionals say
“One of the most important things you need to do to get your baby to sleep, is to establish a bedtime routine. Repeating the same routine provides comfort and introduces a pattern of behaviour your baby will get used to and look forward to.”
Carol Ramsay, Family Nurse Supervisor, NHS Tayside Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)
Ready Steady Baby has lots more information on helping your baby sleep and how to get into a routine. If you think your baby’s not settling at night because of a health issue, contact your GP or health visitor for help.
Sleep Support Line
Sleep Scotland's free Sleep Support Line offers advice and support to parents and carers, or to young people themselves, for any child aged 18 months to 18 years with a sleep problem. Call 0800 138 6565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. BSL users can contact the service using contactSCOTLAND-BSL.
Their Sleep Advisors and Sleep Counsellors will complete an initial sleep history, asking questions on current routines, diet, exercise, and the sleep problem. They will then create a sleep plan based on the responses. For those parents who require it, follow up calls are also available. Visit the Sleep Scotland website for more information and advice.