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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 kptnz
Jane ...
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Hi, This is not an uncommon situation, sleep is a constantly changing state and just because she's slept pretty well until now is not a guarantee t...

Answered: 23 Nov 2014
Avatar Tanya...
Jane ...
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Hi, The longer sleep overnight is pretty average for her age and stage. You don't mention if she's breastfeeding but at 8 weeks she'll need to be f...

Answered: 06 Nov 2014
Avatar Erins...
Jane ...
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Hi, Any change in her sleeping association will need to be initiated and sustained by you and your partner. Your baby will protest and become distr...

Answered: 24 Oct 2014
Avatar Aiyan...
Jane ...
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Hi, As long as she is healthy and thriving, feeding well and growing as she needs to then it's unlikely to be feeding related. If she needs your he...

Answered: 25 Oct 2014
Avatar MarkMac
Jane ...
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Hi, As long as she is gaining weight and reaching her developmental milestones then she could be sleeping for longer, continuous periods overnight....

Answered: 24 Oct 2014
Avatar Kirst...
Jane ...
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Hi, At 6 months he's just on the cusp of not needing overnight breastfeeds. One perhaps and somenights maybe two but overall, by this age and stage...

Answered: 12 Oct 2014
Avatar Toni_...
Jane ...
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Hi, If she's too big for the bassinette then this has become a safety issue so really, you've got no choice. At four months this is a common time f...

Answered: 06 Oct 2014
Avatar Alyth21
Jane ...
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Hi, Whatever change you want to see in him needs to start with you. There would be benefits in stopping all his bottles and only offering him milk ...

Answered: 06 Oct 2014
Avatar Girlf...
Jane ...
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Hi, If he's associating being patted by you and your bed with going to sleep then he's going to protest when you stop doing these things. There's g...

Answered: 27 Sep 2014
Avatar Major...
Jane ...
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Hi, It's absolutely normal for such a young baby to want to be held and nursed and fed to sleep. He's too young and his brain too immature to "lear...

Answered: 20 Sep 2014
Avatar Marle...
Jane ...
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Hi, Without knowing more about how your baby is feeding and how often I'm sorry I can't offer you any informed advice. There are lots of reasons fo...

Answered: 20 Sep 2014
Avatar Kate-719
Jane ...
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Hi Kate, You may want to think about offering him a feed around 10pm or so, if you're going to stop the two overnight feeds then this late night fe...

Answered: 20 Sep 2014
Avatar Xenahill
Jane ...
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Hi, By seven months he really doesn't need an overnight breastfeed. A last BF around 10pm and first one in the morning around 5am is ideal for this...

Answered: 14 Sep 2014
Avatar Gibblet
Jane ...
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Hi, I appreciate some time has passed since your baby was vaccinated. General recommendations post immunisation are to address comfort needs so lot...

Answered: 27 Aug 2014
Avatar Racha...
Jane ...
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Hi, As long as he is growing and thriving, gaining weight and reaching his milestones then perhaps he is getting enough sleep. Are you looking for ...

Answered: 21 Aug 2014
Avatar Swing...
Jane ...
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Hi, At 5/5 months of age it's reasonable that he's learning skills in self soothing. Sucking either his fingers or the dummy may be helping him set...

Answered: 21 Aug 2014
Avatar Desir...
Jane ...
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Hi, As long as she is well and healthy and as you're aware, getting plenty to eat and drink through the day and evening, then it's reasonable for h...

Answered: 16 Aug 2014
Avatar Crossvet
Jane ...
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Hi, If he's thriving and tracking along his percentile (growth) charts and curves then avoid offering him any additional formula. You're right when...

Answered: 26 Jul 2014
Avatar Camer...
Jane ...
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Hi, This really depends on the individual baby and what they are used to in terms of getting off to sleep. If he's used to being nursed, rocked, pa...

Answered: 20 Jul 2014
Avatar Katem...
Jane ...
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Hi, At ten weeks there' often a peak in crying and unsettledness until the baby generally becomes more settled at around 12 weeks. If he's healthy ...

Answered: 13 Jul 2014
Avatar jez_ka
Jane ...
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Hi, I'm not sure, but it would be useful for you to check with your CHN to see that your baby's weight and growth are all fine and that he's thrivi...

Answered: 31 Jul 2014
Avatar Lynet...
Jane ...
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Hi, Perhaps you need to have him checked by your CHN just to see that his weight and growth are fine and that he's getting sufficient feeds during ...

Answered: 13 Jul 2014
Avatar Princ...
Jane ...
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Hello, You do sound frustrated by your baby's lack of sleep, probably not helped by the fact that you've tried everything you can think of. If you'...

Answered: 28 Jun 2014
Avatar Nikki...
Jane ...
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Hi, At 6 months of age around 14-15 hours sleep in 24 hours is average and around 2-3 day time sleeps of 1-2 hours is the norm. But obviously, ever...

Answered: 21 Jun 2014
Avatar BabyT
Jane ...
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As you say, this is a difficult situation as she is having shared care, for three weeks she's not in your care and then for one week she needs to f...

Answered: 14 Jun 2014
Avatar Carol...
Jane ...
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Hi, According to the sidsandkids.org website, the safest sleeping bags have a fitted neck, no hood and fitted armholes, they are also the right siz...

Answered: 07 Jun 2014
Avatar Ashle...
Jane ...
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Hi, At seven weeks it's completely normal that she'll want to go to sleep on you or when you're feeding her. Try not to think too long term about t...

Answered: 07 Jun 2014
Avatar Zane_...
Jane ...
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Hi, Some pre-schoolers do breathe loudly when asleep and some actually snore. The general recommendation for "noisy" sleepers is for them to have a...

Answered: 07 Jun 2014
Avatar Lsowden
Jane ...
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Hi Louise, At 3/5 months of age Ayla is still going to need feeding overnight; that's age appropriate and completely normal. Ideally, she'd drop t...

Answered: 17 May 2014
Avatar monke...
Jane ...
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Hi, Have you checked the information on the Huggies site about sleep and settling and management of colic and wind? The other tip is to see your CH...

Answered: 24 May 2014