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  • New-born babies may sleep for up to 18 hours a day, but often for 2-3 hours at a time.
  • During the first year overall sleep falls to around 15 hours per day, and the majority of sleep becomes concentrated during the night-time. This is a developmental process and it often takes several months for wake and sleep to become established.
  • Most 3 year olds will need 12 hours of sleep a night, with many dropping their daytime naps
  • Ensure a regular bedtime routine which encourages a good quality night's sleep
  • Create a restful and comfortable bedroom environment for sleep
  • Avoid sugary and caffeinated foods and drinks in the few hours before bedtime
  • Regular physical activity will help young children sleep better
  • Avoid tv screens and electronic devices before bedtime
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Last updated: 20 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 20 March 2019