Expert panel: Sleep

Questions about Sleep

Avatar Sthrum
Jane ...
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Hi Sallie, This is a common issue, many babies change at around this age and stage and there's generally no one reason why. Perhaps it's due to a n...

Answered: 11 Feb 2018
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Jane ...
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Hi, It's hard to say if it is nightmares causing her to wake. Generally at this age babies will wake a few times each night and ideally, resettle t...

Answered: 25 Oct 2017
Avatar Kelli...
Jane ...
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Hi, Thanks for your question. The fact that your baby is sleeping so well at 4 months is great, perhaps this will change and maybe it won't. No on...

Answered: 15 Oct 2017
Avatar Clokecam
Jane ...
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Hi, There can be lots of reasons for toddlers not sleeping. Being unwell, hungry, having learned associations of needing feeding, to co sleep, dumm...

Answered: 16 Sep 2017
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Jane ...
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Hi, There's varying options when it comes to settling young babies of her age. The general advice is to use "responsive settling" and "settling in ...

Answered: 07 May 2017
Avatar Sarah...
Jane ...
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Hi, Have you taken her to see your local child health nurse? It's important that your baby's weight and growth are monitored by a healthcare profes...

Answered: 18 Feb 2017
Avatar Haydzsam
Jane ...
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Hi, Thanks for your email. This is a difficult question to answer because once babies start rolling and finding their own preferred sleeping positi...

Answered: 15 Jan 2017
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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