Here are Sleep tips for under-5s from the NHS Website

  • Make sure you have a calming, predictable bedtime routine that happens at the same time and includes the same things every night.
  • If your child complains that they're hungry at night, try giving them a bowl of cereal and milk before bed (make sure you brush their teeth afterwards).
  • If your child is afraid of the dark, consider using a nightlight or leaving a landing light on.
  • Do not let your child look at laptops, tablets or phones in the 30 to 60 minutes before bed – the light from screens can interfere with sleep.
  • If your child wakes up during the night, be as boring as possible to avoid exciting them and leave lights off.
  • Avoid long naps in the afternoon.

Help your disabled child to sleep

Sometimes children with long-term illnesses or disabilities find it more difficult to sleep through the night. This can be challenging both for them and for you.

The charity Contact has more information about helping you and your child sleep.

Scope also has sleep advice for parents of disabled children.

Further support and advice

Talk to your health visitor if you need further advice. Always feel you can discuss your child's sleep with the staff at Nursery too.

We also love these tips from BBC's 'Tiny, Happy People' about creating a calmer bedtime routine.