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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 Zacha...
Jane ...
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Hi, At two it's timely for him to give up his dummy anyway. For his tooth development, speech and language and general oral skills there are benef...

Answered: 30 Jul 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, At 7 months she's just at the age range when it's fair to expect her to sleep for longer periods overnight without needing to breastfeed. Are y...

Answered: 30 Jul 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, It's not unusual for illness to cause waking and then quickly this becomes a habit. If she's well now and fully recovered then it's reasonable ...

Answered: 07 Jul 2015
Avatar Melik...
Jane ...
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Hi, Have you considered speaking with your CHN for advice? Perhaps a short stay admission to an early parenting centre would be useful for you both...

Answered: 08 Jun 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, If this is a problem for you then check the Huggies site for information on "Toddler in a Bed' settling/sleep strategies. If you want him to sl...

Answered: 31 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, Once the child is out of a cot and in a toddler bed then it's generally considered safe to use a quilt. Check www.sidsandkids.org for more spec...

Answered: 31 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hello, What you've described in terms of her feeding and sleeping sounds absolutely normal. She is still entitled to BF 1-2 times during the night ...

Answered: 14 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, If you're considering pay for a sleep consultant then also look at the options of getting a referral to a residential facility which is Medicar...

Answered: 14 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, This is not an uncommon situation but what could help is that if you make the decision to try and place him into his bassinette when he is fed,...

Answered: 09 Feb 2015
Avatar Liv_n...
Jane ...
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Hi, He could be going through a growth spurt and genuinely need three hourly feeds to fuel his growth. Some babies of this age just need more frequ...

Answered: 21 Feb 2015
Avatar Netas...
Leann...
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Hi there, thanks for your question. Like us adults, bubs only have at best four hours of stored energy in their body, in fact generally they only h...

Answered: 29 Jan 2015
Avatar MBuckles
Jane ...
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Hi, The first thing to do is to ensure he's growing and thriving as he needs to so a check with your CHN would be wise. At six months he's really o...

Answered: 17 Dec 2014
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Jane ...
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Hi, It would be useful for you to check with your CHN first to ensure your baby is growing and thriving as she needs to. Making sure her feeds are ...

Answered: 17 Dec 2014
Avatar Kkeizler
Jane ...
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Hi, This isn't an uncommon situation but if she's sleeping through the night and waking up this way then she's probably trying to tell you she's ha...

Answered: 30 Nov 2014
Avatar Kkeizler
Jane ...
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Hi, This is not an uncommon situation. Some kids just take a while to "thaw out" when they first wake, just like some adults. It can take 1/2 or mo...

Answered: 17 Dec 2014
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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 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
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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
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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