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Is my 9 1/2 month old getting enough sleep?
My 9 1/2 month old sleeps 11 -12hours through the night (7pm bedtime)...I am grateful for that!. She had a very predictable routine through the day for sleep with an hour sleep at 9.30am and 1-1 1/2hr...
5 months and a nightmare to settle!
Our 5 month old boy is a nightmare to settle in the evening. We have the same routine each night; kick time, bath, feed (goats milk formula) burping, bed by 7pm.We have tried controlled crying, the...
4 months & waking lots at night!
How can I help my 4 month old daughter to sleep longer at night?During the day she is up for about 1 hr and 15 mins and then sleeps for about 1 hr 45 mins so has a 3 hour feeding routine. We have a...
Night terrors
My baby is 8 months old and currently has a regular pattern of sleeping at night from 7pm to 7am and 3 naps of 45mins each in the day. Over the past month or so she has started to wake up screaming...
Need help with newborn!
My son is 1 week old. He is up all day long feeding most of the day, and won't sleep at all. I try to take him off the breast when he's stopped feeding but he just screams when I take him off. I came...
My two year old is still waking in the night!
My 2 year old son is not sleeping through the night, he wakes up crying in the night and wants me - if I go in, he settles straight away and goes to sleep again if I sit in the room for a while - If I...
Sleeping issues with a 3 month old...
My 3 month old is not a good day sleeper. She resists sleeping and cries when we put her down in her cot. We do the controlled crying and go in to her and after 5-10 mins she will go to sleep but...
My daughter won't sleep through the night!
My daughter is 9 1/2 months old and is still waking 1 or 2 times in the night wanting a feed (she is fully breastfeed). Since she was 3 months old she had never really slept through and have now...
I am forever tired!
I am having a reasonably good amount of sleep albeit broken. But I seem to wake up just as tired as when I went to bed. I am not sure what is causing it but wonder if my light sleeping is a cause, or...
Rhythmic movements & noises at night
My daughter is 20 months old.  As a baby she was highly irritable, barely slept, cried all the time etc.  That lasted for 11 months (so was not 3 month colic).  Once she started to...
How can I settle my alert newborn
My newborn (11 days old) is really alert a lot of the time, and when I put him in his cot he will remain calm and alert (just looking around) for ages. He eventually gets very tired and irritable...
She's a great night-time sleeper, but .....
I need to know whether I should worry about the fact that my 9 week old baby just won't sleep once the sun comes up in the morning. If I do manage to get her to sleep during the day she will only have...
Getting into a daytime sleep routine
My 4 month old baby sleeps through the night from 9pm until 7am, but is very resistant to daytime sleeps and I have great difficulty settling him in his cot during the day. At night he is often fed to...
Catnapping wars
I have a 10 week girl who in the last month or so (actually after her 6 week growth spurt) has become very unpredicable with her naps. She settles well, I make sure she is awake, swaddled and always...
45 min sleep
I have a 7mth old boy who continues to wake after 45 min and not resettle. He has done this when he was younger and I knew that was due to a growth spurt. He does sleep longer every so often so I know...
Trouble getting to sleep without crying
Please help! My son is 4 weeks old and I can't seem to get him to settle to sleep effectively. I am watching for his tired signs, and often put him to bed on the first or second yawn. Sometimes this...
Toddler not wanting to go to bed
My 2 1/2 year old son hates gong to bed every night even if he hasn't had an afternoon nap which he also won't go to bed for either. He only goes to sleep in the car. He is happy to go to sleep in our...
Little lady up through the night
I have a one year old daughter and in the last 4 weeks she has started waking up every so often through the night and will not settle back down unless I'm the one to put her to sleep. I get up at...
Toddler night waking
I have a 15 month old son who is still waking at least 3-5 times a night. We have a well established bed time routine and he is always in bed by 7pm and he now goes down awake. Many times he can be...
Is my child having nightmares and if so, what can I do to help?
My 18 month old daughter has been consistently waking 3-9 times during the night for the past 3 months. Originally we thought it was her dummy and have since successfully removed it from the scene and...
My 6 month old is jetlagged
We've just returned from a trip to the UK visiting family. Prior to our trip our son was having two sleeps per day of about 1 1/2 to 2 hours plus sleeping 10 -12 hours through the night consistently....
Pregnant and trouble sleeping
I'm 6 months pregnant and having the absolute worst time sleeping at night. I am a stomach-sleeper normally, and obviously can't do that while heavily pregnant (although I did manage to stomach-sleep...
How long should kids sleep?
I would love to know more about optimal bedtimes for children, especially toddlers. My two-and-a-half year-old daughter goes to bed between 8-8.30pm and generally sleeps through until 8-8.30am, but my...
One twin not sleeping
I have twin boys that are now 5 months old. They were born 6 weeks early and spent their first month in Neo nats. I have one dream sleeper but the other just fights it in the day. He seems to be a...
Awake during the night
I have a 12 month old daughter who for the last 2 weeks has started waking at either 10.30pm and staying up for up to 4 hours at a time, or it starts at 2am if I manage to shhh her through...
Toddler waking at 4am for bottle
I have a two year old who wakes every morning at 4am for a bottle. He goes to be at around 6.30pm after dinner and a bottle but still wakes at 4am every morning. He then goes back to sleep after the...
Waking in the night after been able to sleep through
My three month old was sleeping 8 hours through the night up until 12 weeks. Since then he wakes up every one or two hours. Sometimes he will go straight back to sleep when I offer him his pacifier...
How to sleep a windy/colicky baby
My two-week old just wont sleep in his cot or crib when placed on his back. He only sleeps when on his tummy on my chest - I'm so desperate for sleep myself that I have just resorted to placing him on...
Sitting up in middle of the night
Our son has just turned 1, and has recently developed a habit of sitting up in his cot in the middle of the night - yet he's still pretty much fast asleep. When we go in, we can just lie him down and...
Constant Nightmares
My daughter is 2 and she wakes every night, sometimes twice a night with nightmares. She is always saying "No no no no" and waving her hands in the air. It worries me that it's the same dream over and...
Help for sleep through the night
My son is 13 months old and I am finding it hard to get him to sleep at night. He is still waking up 3 to 4 times a night either for 20mls  of his bottle or just waking up screaming and...
Sleeping through the night
I have a 9 day old baby - At the moment I'm waking him up after 5-6hrs in the middle of the night to feed him, and it seems that if I didn't wake him up he would probably sleep right through till...
How can I get my daughter calmly to sleep?
My daughter is 12 weeks old and gets quite upset before going to bed for each sleep. She is sleeping between 4 1/2 to 7 hours at a time at night before waking up for a feed - having a...
Transition from bassinet to cot
My baby is just over 5 months and has outgrown his bassinet. I've always had trouble getting him to sleep and often have to resort to rocking him to sleep in his bassinet. Now he needs to move to his...
How to use a dummy
Hi there, I am wondering what the best way to use a dummy is? Our little boy is nearly four weeks old and we have started giving him a dummy to help him stay settled in his basinnette. He sucks away...
Sleeping when out & about
My daughter who is 3mths 20days old, wont have good sleeps or feeds while we are out. She will nap for 15mins and thats it, if I'm out for 4 hours she will have maybe 30mins and thats it. When we...
45 Minute Day Sleeping
My 9 week old will not sleep longer than 45 minutes for each daytime nap. I have tried leaving her a few minutes and then going into settle her and repeating this, but she just continues to cry when I...
My preschooler doesn't like to sleep
My 4.5 year old girl goes to bed at 7.00pm but will not go to sleep untill 8.30-9.00pm in the evening and is up again at 6.30am. She keeps on getting put back into bed and the door will close but she...
Getting enough sleep? Increase of day sleeps?
My daughter is 3 and half months old and is currently sleeping about 10 hours per night, but her day sleeps consist of 3 naps which last approximately 45 minutes. Is she getting enough sleep? If not,...
How do I get my 5 week old to sleep during the day?
We have a 5 weeks old boy who sleeps fine at night usually settling from 8pm/8.30 to 2am for a feed then down again until 6, my fear is that it's only because he is SO tired from not sleeping during...
Keeping my toddler in her bed and out of mine!
I have a 25 month old and an 11 week old. My toddler has been in home care 4 days a week since the baby was born and since a recent holiday has become a nightmare. I believe that she became very...
5 week old - possible silent reflux causing restless sleeps?
Up until now our daughter has been passing wind and doing poos like a trooper. Now she seems to be having trouble ( only pooing once per day very explosive, not constipated) and it is affecting her...
Reflux baby wont sleep!
I'm 23 with my second son -  now 8 weeks old. I am having the most trouble with him sleeping. At 4 weeks he was in a very regular routine but at 5 weeks my midwife thought he may have...
Previously good sleeper, now not!
My 7 month old son has been a great sleeper since day one. We have been in a great routine and recently he was continually having two long naps a day of between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours (one morning and...
Resettling during daytime naps
My 10 week old daughter happily settles herself down to sleep using a dummy. However, she has started waking up again after one sleep cycle (about 45 min) during her daytime naps, and won't resettle...
Won't sleep without Pamol
My baby is nearly 6 months and starting solids . She has been eager to eat and eats well. But, for the past week she won't go for a sleep unless I give her Pamol.She screams in my arms , in the pram...
Night time waking
I have a beautiful 13 week old boy who seems to do everything right during the day. He feeds 3-4 hourly and sleeps for approximately 3 hours. However, he has never been good during the night....
Dumb dummy!
My 6 month old son has had fairly bad reflux, so we introduced a dummy around 4months of age. It has been very useful in settling him, particularly when I was getting him out of the habit of waking...
Day sleep issues!
I have a 6 week old baby and since 2 weeks old he has begun waking shortly after going to be for his day sleeps. Sometimes he wakes 45mins later (a full sleep cycle) but other times he wakes 2, 10, 15...
Tired parents need help!
We have a 7 month old daughter. Who has been waking every 3 hours for the past couple of months. she was sick with a gastro bug a couple of times and since then has been eating solids and teething....
Night time waking
My daughter is 6.5 months old. She has slept through the night maybe 4-5 times in her life. I am not worried about her sleeping through as such, but lately she has been waking and not finishing...
3am wake up
My son is 6months old and for the last few weeks he has started waking at 3am screaming and won't settle until I feed him. Once he's feed he goes back to sleep immediately until about 6.30am -7am. I'm...
Toddler takes an hour to get to sleep!
I have a 19 month old daughter who has always been a great sleeper but now takes 45m to an hour to get to sleep at night. She was going to bed at 7 (asleep around 8) and waking around 7am. Having...
Enough Sleep?
Our 10 week old boy is sleeping from 10.30pm till 7.30am give or take half hour each side, and has been doing so since he was a couple of weeks old. But he doesn't sleep during the day apart from a...
Back to sleeping through after being sick
My 10.5 month old son was sleeping through the night most nights(7.30pm to 6.45am) and then got sick. He was then up about 4 timesa night for over a week. Now he is still not back to sleepingthrough...
Power chucking baby
My daughter is 20 months old, she will go to sleep anywhere between 9pm and 11pm, then  will wake up all night long. I can't leave her to cry because she makes her self vomit not just a little...
Getting 1 year old to sleep in own cot
We have a one-year-old boy who, until recently, went tobed at night without problems. Since then he has learnt to stand upin his cot, as soon as we put him in his cot at night he rollsover, stands up...
Kicking off blankets
My nine month old has just recently started moving aboutin his cot and consistently gets out of blankets and into all kindsof weird positions, which usually wakes him up. He doesn't use asleeping bag...
4 month old was sleeping through...
My four-month-old was the perfect night sleeper until shegot sick with a cold. For a few weeks she was waking once or twicea night and I'd feed her. She is now well but still usually wakesat night....
A full nights sleep please
I have a three year old andseven-and-a-half-month-old who is breastfed. My baby has been sickconstantly for the past four months. She has a constant runny noseand rattly chest, has had antibiotics...
Dummy
My 11 month old uses a dummy to fall asleep. He lets itslip out once he falls asleep and will sleep for most of the nightwithout it. If he stirs (he "sings", "talks" to himself, whines orcries) I get...
Occasional waking
For quite some months now my 14 month old has been wakingin the night and usually takes about two hours to get back tosleep. Occasionally she will let me tuck her back in and will gostraight back to...
Scared of cot
My daughter is 21 months old and has previously been avery good sleeper. She had her first tummy bug this week andvomited in bed a few times. I think this may have scared her. Atnight she has a good...
Previously good sleeper
My daughter is almost 14 months old. She has always been a great sleeper, self-settling and sleeping 11-12 hours at night. Two weeks ago she had a cold and would wake up several times during the night...
20 month old won't settle at night.
My 20 month old daughter for the last several months has been unable to go to sleep at night without either myself or my husband in the room with her.During the daytime she settles fine, and sleeps...
10 weeks old and short day sleeps.
My son is 10 weeks old and for the last week he will not sleep during the day.He sleeps well at night, goes to bed by 7pm - I give him a dream feed at 10pm - he's up once or twice between then and...
My 9 month old will not sleep through the night!
My 9 month old will not sleep through the night. I have got him to do it 3 times, but now he wont sleep for more than 3 hours at night. I will get up, give bottle, change nappy, and settle him down...
Night sleep help for 7 month old
Hi Dorothy, I was listening to your live question and answers this morning and you did answer one of mine but it raised a few more questions for me. My 7month old sleeps perfectly during the day but...

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