Expert panel: Sleep

Questions about Sleep

Avatar v_her...
Jane ...
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It sounds like you need to become firmer with her and think honestly about your current responses to her. The behaviour you're describing can be du...

Answered: 05 Jan 2013
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You can't actually control whether he resettles to sleep after this one sleep cycle, but try not to pick him up straight away and just pat and soot...

Answered: 05 Jan 2013
Avatar Lubee
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It may be that you need to stop using the pram to get him off to sleep and the movement has created a dependency on him needing this for each and e...

Answered: 05 Jan 2013
Avatar Natball
Jane ...
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This is a common problem, sleep is a dynamic state and babies constantly go through stages of sleeping more/better/worse/less and all the stages in...

Answered: 24 Dec 2012
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She may just be settling down again from the disruption in the family, so it's important to stay calm, reassuring and consistent with her. Follow a...

Answered: 09 Dec 2012
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Jane ...
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Perhaps that would be the best option, all babies are different and unique little people. If she is gaining weight and reaching her milestones and ...

Answered: 09 Dec 2012
Avatar Mishmo
Jane ...
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Try not to give her too much attention when she's doing this and remember, start as you mean to go on. If she learns that by talking to herself and...

Answered: 28 Nov 2012
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Jane ...
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As long as your baby is thriving and gaining weight and reaching his/her milestones, then it's ok to implement some gentle responsive settling stra...

Answered: 28 Nov 2012
Avatar Deb_B...
Jane ...
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He could be going through a growth spurt or he justfiably needs more feeds overnight because he's not getting enough through the day. If you're bre...

Answered: 24 Nov 2012
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Jane ...
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It could be just an age and stage she's going through, but to be honest, at 4 months or so we used to see this as a sign of solids readiness before...

Answered: 28 Nov 2012
Avatar Its a...
Jane ...
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Hi, Sorry for the delay in replying to your query. I understand that you're probably just keen to do whatever it takes to get him to sleep through ...

Answered: 28 Nov 2012
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Jane ...
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The first thing to remember is that the human race has survived pretty well for all these years and in the main, most of us have reasonable attachm...

Answered: 18 Nov 2012
Avatar Katie...
Jane ...
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It's important he's still having enough feeds to sustain his growth and keep him well hydrated. Have you had his weight and growth checked by your ...

Answered: 18 Nov 2012
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Jane ...
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If he's associating going to sleep with being cuddled then he won't learn how to self soothe. There's an excellent book on this which has just been...

Answered: 11 Nov 2012
Avatar J_Pbu...
Jane ...
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If he is well and healthy and thriving as he needs to then it would be fair to assume this is behavioural. But it would be worthwhile having him ch...

Answered: 15 Dec 2012
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Jane ...
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He may be going through a new developmental stage, needing extra feeds to fuel his growth or just needing you for "emotional top-ups" through the n...

Answered: 05 Nov 2012
Avatar Loret...
Jane ...
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By around six-eight weeks many newborns sleep for a longer 5-6 hour period overnight and don't wake for a feed, but this is not everybaby and newbo...

Answered: 28 Oct 2012
Avatar Maryg...
Jane ...
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Hi, Genarally it's only worthwhile trying for an hour or so through the day to settle babies off to sleep, if they've not settled in that time then...

Answered: 05 Nov 2012
Avatar Toyrolla
Jane ...
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Not really, other than being consistent, loving and sticking with your routine. Give him some leeway when it comes to a change in his behaviour. Wh...

Answered: 28 Oct 2012
Avatar jan82
Jane ...
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She could be safer in a big bed, so consider if developmentally she really is ready to be transitioned into one. Sitting by her bed is fine as long...

Answered: 28 Oct 2012
Avatar lou2010
Jane ...
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It may be, but it could also be for any number of reasons. It's always helpful to look for the basics first; is he hungry/wet/cold/hot/unwell or is...

Answered: 18 Oct 2012
Avatar Louis...
Jane ...
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You need to change what you're doing first before your baby will change. She has learned to depend on you by rocking, singing, feeding, in your bed...

Answered: 14 Oct 2012
Avatar Jadeemma
Jane ...
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Check www.sidsandkids.org for specifics on safe sleeping spaces. Make sure the bassinette mattress is clean and firm, sits securely into the bassin...

Answered: 12 Oct 2012
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Jane ...
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At ten months there's real benefits to babies having at least 2 day time sleeps. Could you try settling her earlier in the afternoon than you are? ...

Answered: 14 Oct 2012