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Sleep routine for babies and young children

How to build a consistent bedtime routine that will help your child develop good sleep habits

Baby teething and gums

How to identify and deal with your baby’s teething problems, what to expect, and when to get medical advice.

Winding and burping your baby

You will need to regularly wind and burp your newborn. Wind is air that your baby has swallowed when they were feeding, crying or yawning. Learn tips for winding your baby.

  • Naps for babies and toddlers

    Naps are very important for babies and toddlers. Children usually continue to nap until around age 3. Read about when your baby or toddler should nap and how you can help them nap

  • How much sleep your child needs

    Every child has a different sleep pattern. Some babies need more or less sleep than other babies. Read about how much sleep your baby, toddler or child needs at each stage from their birth

  • Toilet training for night time

    How to toilet train your child at night and what to do when your child wets the bed

  • Thumb-sucking and soothers

    Find out why your child sucks their thumb or a soother, the effects this has on their development, and how to encourage them to stop.

  • Physical activity for children

    Find out how to keep your child fit and active and why it’s important to their development.

  • Caring for your child's teeth

    How to care for your baby’s teeth and how to prevent tooth decay.

  • Screen time and young children

    There is evidence to suggest that if a child spends a lot of time in front of a screen in early childhood, it can have a negative effect on their development. Learn how you can avoid problems with screen time and young children.

  • Baby's first feed

    Skin-to-skin contact in the first hour after birth will help get your baby's first feed off to a good start. Learn about the best position to use for feeding.

  • Caring for your baby's skin

    A newborn baby's skin is much thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Skincare concerns are common for newborns, so don't worry. These practical tips will help you care for your baby's skin.

  • Why is my baby crying?

    Babies cry for many reasons. Crying is your baby's way of communicating with you that they need something. Learn about a number of reasons your baby may be crying.

  • Temper tantrums

    A temper tantrum is your child's way of expressing their feelings. Get advice from the HSE on dealing with toddler temper tantrums, and how to cope if your child has started shouting, biting, or kicking.

  • Time-out for your child

    Time-out can help your child learn a better way to behave when they are feeling frustrated or angry. Find out how time-out can be used to help discipline a child who is misbehaving.

  • When a child refuses to eat

    Some children can be fussy eaters. You can read a number of suggestions and tips on the HSE website If your child refuses to eat certain foods.

  • Children and fussy eating

    Your child may go through a period of picky or fussy eating and refuse to eat certain foods. Get tips from the HSE on things to try to stop fussy eating.

  • Your child's vaccines

    Vaccinating or immunising your baby may protect them from serious or even fatal diseases. Read a list of vaccines for your child and when they should get them.

  • Bathing your baby

    It is important to bathe your baby correctly in order to keep them safe. Adult supervision is necessary for your baby at all times. Read tips and a step-by-step guide on how to safely bathe your baby.