Sleep and sleeping for parents and children aged 2-4

Project Details


This project examines the understudied area of very young children’s sleep (children aged 2-5 years) from their own and their parents’ perspectives. Its main aim is to contribute to developing qualitative, sociological resources on very young children’s sleep; a field so far that has been tipped toward health and
policy agendas. The project undertakes three core activities. First: a 'netnography' analysing posts in the Facebook group The Beyond Sleep Training Project. Comprised of 50,000 members posting on the topic of infants’ sleep, I will recruit participants from the group, interview them and ask them to take photographs of everyday experiences of their young children's sleep, involving their children where possible. Second: to review literature offered through organisations such as NCT (National Childbirth Trust), the NHS, and Lullaby Trust (a safe sleep charity), and best-selling parenting/sleep books. Third: to create an exhibition and workshop of the images, to disseminate findings.
Effective start/end date9/09/1931/08/22


  • British Academy: £9,527.69

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


  • Early Childhood
  • sleep
  • biologically normal sleep
  • children's voice
  • research with children