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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 binnyliu
Jane ...
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Hi, At such a young age she's going to need your help to settle and perhaps even stay asleep for any reasonable length of time. Swaddling her and i...

Answered: 26 Aug 2016
Avatar Alyese
Jane ...
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Hi, at 11 weeks of age the behaviour you're describing is completely normal. He's too young yet and his nervous system too immature to behave in a ...

Answered: 31 Jul 2016
Avatar Bisho...
Jane ...
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Hi, He may be going through a growth spurt, this is common at around 8 weeks. You could try to resettle him without a feed and just pat and soothe ...

Answered: 09 Jul 2016
Avatar Mella...
Jane ...
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Hi, There are a few things you could try. If she's refusing to drink much through the day, give her a break from her bottle and rewarm it. Reoffer...

Answered: 09 Jul 2016
Avatar kristieb
Jane ...
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Hi, It's hard to say but as a general rule toddlers don't stop breastfeeding to sleep if they're happy to keep feeding. It's generally mothers who ...

Answered: 04 Jun 2016
Avatar Jumpi...
Jane ...
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Hi, It could be, if there's no external changes in his life and he's otherwise happy and developing normally then it's probably reasonable to put t...

Answered: 14 Mar 2016
Avatar Jules...
Jane ...
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Hi, This is not an unusual age for babies to have changes in their sleeping patterns. As long as he is healthy and thriving and having enough feeds...

Answered: 29 Feb 2016
Avatar Jessp...
Jane ...
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Hi, It may be related to her age, but as long as she is thriving and gaining weight, reaching her milestones and her output is fine then these are ...

Answered: 21 Oct 2015
Avatar Hina_...
Jane ...
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Yes it might be completely normal for her. However, you're probably finding that she's cranky and irritable after an hour or so of being awake and...

Answered: 08 Oct 2015
Avatar Faith...
Jane ...
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Hi, Generally toddlers drop from one to two sleeps/day from around 14 months of age. Then they have a couple of hours sleep after lunch. If she's s...

Answered: 31 Aug 2015
Avatar Melis...
Jane ...
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Hi, It's absolutely normal for babies to continue waking for at least one feed overnight until they are at least 6 months of age. Their stomach siz...

Answered: 31 Aug 2015
Avatar Maxin...
Jane ...
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Hello, I'm sorry I'm not sure what "gugu" is, do you mean he wants to suck on you as he doesn't want to take his dummy? Have you thought about doin...

Answered: 23 Aug 2015
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
Avatar danci...
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
Avatar Froggy67
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
Avatar Zoe_H...
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
Avatar danci...
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
Avatar Jenif...
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
Avatar Jacqu...
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
Avatar Nayze...
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