Feeding your baby at night
Little and often feeds are normal – including through the night – because babies have such tiny tummies. Have a look at your baby’s clenched fist: that’s about the size of their stomach!
Keeping your baby close
Having your baby in the same room as you has been shown to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In addition, babies tend to cry less when they are close to mum – which may mean a little more sleep! For some parents, night-time feeding can be also easier with baby in the same room.
Having your baby sleep in a cot in the same room as you until they are 6 months old is a key piece of advice given to new parents.
Visit ISIS (Infant Sleep Information Source) for more information on Room-sharing:
Official advice discourages bed-sharing, which can be dangerous: studies have shown it increases the risk of SIDS.
Creating a sleep sanctuary for your baby will help with sleeping and night time feeding. If breastfeeding, learning to feed lying down can also help.