Coping with night-time feeds

Your baby’s stomach is about the size of their clenched fist, so little-and-often feeds are often needed. It’s easier to cope with this at night if you find ways to minimise the disruption.

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Keep things quiet

Keep noise and talking to a minimum after feeding. This should help your baby stay calm and be ready to fall asleep. If you’re breastfeeding, learning to feed lying down can help with this, and lets you get some rest as well.

Avoid changes in environment

Getting your baby settled after a feed is easier if they don’t get stimulated by changes in environment. Try not to turn on bright lights if the baby wakes up, and don’t change nappies if you don’t need to.

Keep your baby close

Some parents find night-time feeds easier if the baby sleeps in the same room. Babies also tend to cry less when they’re close to their parent or carer.

The Lullaby Trust has advice on co-sleeping or sharing a room with your baby.

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