Coping with night-time feeds

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

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Keep your baby close

Some parents find night-time feeds easier if the baby sleeps in the same room. You’ll hear their hunger cues earlier, and reach them faster. Babies also tend to cry less when they’re close to mum or dad, which can help you all get more sleep.

We recommend The Lullaby Trust’s advice on co-sleeping or sharing a room with your baby.

Keep things quiet

Keeping noise and talking to a minimum will help your baby stay calm and be ready to fall asleep quickly after feeding.

If you’re breastfeeding, learning to feed lying down can help with this, and lets you get some rest as well.

Keep disturbances to a minimum

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

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