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