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Expert panel: Sleep

We are often asked for advice and tips for helping a baby to settle themselves to sleep. If you need advice on getting your baby to sleep (and stay asleep) then take a look at our previously answered expert questions. If you can't find your answer there, why not ask the panel directly. Your question will no doubt help other parents struggling with sleep.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Sleep

Avatar babyM_14
Jane ...
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Hi, Not really, until she’s around six months of age she’s still entitled to an overnight feed and this may not be at a predictable and...

Answered: 30 Mar 2014
Avatar RJA16D
Jane ...
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Hi, According to the SIDS and KIDS Council there are very clear guidelines about what constitutes a safe space for sleeping and air wrap bumpers ar...

Answered: 30 Mar 2014
Avatar Anewling
Jane ...
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As a health professional I am obliged to advise you that from a safe sleeping perspective back sleeping is the safest option. I know this is probab...

Answered: 08 Mar 2014
Avatar Kmw424
Jane ...
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At three she is old enough and developmentally ready to stop breastfeeding. There are certainly health benefits for both of you in continuing to br...

Answered: 08 Mar 2014
Avatar Aimsley6
Jane ...
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Perhaps it is time to think about stopping the dummy. If he’s dependent on it to go to sleep and then when he’s asleep and it’s f...

Answered: 08 Mar 2014
Avatar Nelz_Nz
Jane ...
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If you’ve tried all the usual ways of settling him eg wrapping and cuddling, extra feeds and looking for his tired signs then you are probabl...

Answered: 08 Mar 2014
Avatar Sara_...
Jane ...
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Have you checked the information on the Huggies site regarding responsive settling management and newborns? There’s lots of excellent tips re...

Answered: 08 Mar 2014
Avatar Anith...
Jane ...
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It may be that he’s only learned how to go to sleep by being rocked and cuddled and then, when he’s waking as a normal part of his slee...

Answered: 02 Mar 2014
Avatar Get_W...
Jane ...
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Hi, At five months of age he is still entitled to have overnight feeds. His stomach is too small and his digestion and metabolic processes too quic...

Answered: 02 Mar 2014
Avatar mummy...
Jane ...
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Generally at eight months babies are up for a couple of hours and then sleep for a couple of hours. Two-three day time sleeps of 1-3 hours is prett...

Answered: 23 Feb 2014
Avatar Monic...
Jane ...
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By the end of the day many babies become overtired and overstimulated. So to fight sleep and fuss and carry on is pretty normal. A regular wind dow...

Answered: 23 Feb 2014
Avatar Hanna...
Jane ...
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Hi, I think you should take her to be reviewed by your GP. I cannot say whether your baby is unwell or not but at her young age and with the reduct...

Answered: 04 Feb 2014
Avatar Willm...
Jane ...
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It’s unlikely that he’s scared of sleep, but I can well understand your reluctance to let him cry and become distressed. Did you have h...

Answered: 27 Jan 2014
Avatar Kirst...
Jane ...
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You could check the Huggies site for sleep and settling information relating to responsive settling; settling in arms and hands on settling. Just a...

Answered: 01 Feb 2014
Avatar Monta...
Jane ...
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I think the challenges of standing up to her and being consistent and persistent may be alot to ask of you at the moment. As you say you are gettin...

Answered: 12 Jan 2014
Avatar Alana...
Jane ...
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Just because she was in this routine in the past is not, unfortunately, a guarantee that she will continue doing this. Sleep is a dynamic and ever ...

Answered: 06 Jan 2014
Avatar A_Rle...
Jane ...
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Perhaps more quiet and wind down time would help and also being very sure she is tired before settling her. If she’s really tired and showing...

Answered: 18 Jan 2014
Avatar Kerrin
Jane ...
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Once babies are rolling independently and finding their own preferred position to sleep then there is little parents can do to change this. Can she...

Answered: 06 Jan 2014
Avatar Tlpwin21
Jane ...
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You would benefit from speaking with your CHN and seeing if firstly, your baby is thriving and growing well and tracking along their percentile lin...

Answered: 28 Dec 2013
Avatar Jacin...
Jane ...
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At this age he doesn’t really need a bottle, you could try stopping these and only offering him fluid from a cup. And for as long as he has y...

Answered: 28 Dec 2013
Avatar Zivvy22
Jane ...
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At seven months of age separation anxiety can certainly be a cause for night waking and calling out for parental attention. But dummies, rocking/cu...

Answered: 16 Dec 2013
Avatar Shake...
Jane ...
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I’m not sure how to answer your question effectively as I don’t know how old your baby is. If he/she is over six months of age and not ...

Answered: 16 Dec 2013
Avatar Julia...
Jane ...
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At four weeks she wouldn’t know the difference between day and night and is likely to become overtired and cranky if she’s up for longe...

Answered: 07 Dec 2013
Avatar Taniw...
Jane ...
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If you are not sure if he is getting sufficient milk to thrive then you need to have him weighed and measured at your nearest child health centre. ...

Answered: 07 Dec 2013
Avatar AprilK
Jane ...
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First of all make sure he is growing and thriving and getting enough milk with his feeds. A check with your CHN is important. And think about how h...

Answered: 30 Nov 2013
Avatar Leoni...
Jane ...
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To be honest, this sounds like pretty normal newborn behaviour. And although you’d love to get to bed before MN she really doesn’t know...

Answered: 23 Nov 2013
Avatar Simon...
Jane ...
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They are not unsafe as a rule, but do check out www.sidsandkids.org for evidence based, best practice advice. As long as you follow their recommend...

Answered: 15 Nov 2013
Avatar yogi79
Jane ...
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Perhaps you would both benefit from a short stay programme at an early parenting centre? These are placed in most capital cities of Australia and d...

Answered: 09 Nov 2013
Avatar Kirst...
Jane ...
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Sorry for the delay in answering your query. You may well have resolved this little problem by now. In my experience stopping dummy use at this age...

Answered: 28 Oct 2013
Avatar Adeli...
Jane ...
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At seven weeks of age your baby is still within the normal stages of developing predictable sleep cycles. For him to wake at 3 hours for breastfeed...

Answered: 07 Oct 2013
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