1. My 2 year old is still waking two to three times per night and comes into bed with us. Have we left it too late to change this habit?
Answer: It's never too late and it is only a problem if you see it as a problem. Children can learn to sleep in their own bed but at 2 years old this will take a few weeks to learn.
2. My 8 week old baby falls asleep easily at the breast but then after I lay her down in her cot she wakes after only 15 - 20 minutes sleep. Would she have had enough sleep as she appears still tired?
Answer: No, at 8 weeks she needs approximately 15 hours sleep in every 24 hours. Day sleeps are usually 1.5 - 2 hours in length.
3. My 4 month old baby was sleeping through the night but now over the past three weeks she is waking several times a night for a feed. Is she really hungry?
Answer: If she is having five good feeds per day she should be sleeping 8-10 hours at night and does not require feeding for nutritional purposes during the night. Have her weight checked to rule out hunger.
4. My 6 month old baby sleeps in the car or when he is being pushed in the stroller but I can't get him to go to sleep in his own cot. What can I do?
Answer: He has developed 'sleep associations' and has not learnt to put himself off to sleep unless he has the movement of a car or stroller. It is possible and worthwhile to help him change at this stage if you want to.
5. I have a 14 month old who has a bottle to settle at 10.30 pm and again at 2.30 am and I don't think he needs it and I'm tired of getting up.
Answer: At this age going to sleep with a bottle is a 'sleep association' or habit and as well as waking you up at night and not being able to put himself back off to sleep, the other issue is that he is more at risk of dental caries and poor nutrient absorption. This can be addressed and changed with commitment and perseverance which will benefit you and your toddler.
6. How long has Settle Petal been around?
Answer: Settle Petal evolved from an idea voiced and pondered upon in November 2004. Our first client was seen the following January 2005.
7. How do I benefit from this site?
Answer: Gaining knowledge from a mother who understands parenting challenges and who has a broad professional background in health since 1983 gives parents the confidence to choose appropriate parenting choices for their growing family.
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