You’re officially a parent when the phrase ‘sleep like a baby’ makes you burst into laughter – hysterical, sleep-deprived laughter. Because you know all too well that babies and sleep aren’t the best of bedfellows. But sleep is essential for both you and them.
“Babies need a lot of rest if they're to grow and develop,” says Lisa Clegg, maternity nurse and author of The Blissful Baby Expert
. “And newborns can sleep for up to 18 hours a day.
“Sleep is the secret ingredient that helps babies become calm and content. As well as regulating your little one’s moods, sleep boosts their immune system, helps them feed well and even cry far less.” And – crucially – once your baby sleeps through the night, you will too.
Which is all very well, but how do you get them to catch those Zzzzzs in the first place?