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Answers on common baby sleep problems


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How does a newborn sleep?

Newborns sleep much of the day and night, waking every 2 – 3 hours to eat. In the first few months of a baby’s life, their sleep is fragmented (one of the common baby sleep problems). There is no set schedule at first and they have their days and nights mixed up. Newborns may not be able to form their own sleeping and waking patterns, especially with going to sleep. You can help your baby sleep by knowing the signs of sleep readiness, teaching them to fall asleep on their own and providing the right environment for comfortable and safe sleep.

How to get a newborn to sleep?

Getting to know your baby and the way they prefer to be settled takes time. Understanding the best methods to soothe your baby and creating sleep rituals around bedtime will help them relax and fall asleep with ease, overcoming common sleep problems. You can help your baby sleep by knowing the signs of sleep readiness, teaching them to fall asleep on their own and providing the right environment for comfortable and safe sleep.

How to get a newborn to sleep at night?

We can not communicate verbally to a baby that bedtime is about to happen. So to help your baby understand this and avoid sleep problems, it is best to create a predictable sleep ritual before bed to help sign post the way to sleep. Your baby’s sleep routine doesn’t need to be elaborate – in fact, it’s better to make it as simple as possible so you can consistently repeat it anytime, anywhere. Keep the room dark, minimal stimulation, use white noise, swaddle your baby, sing a song and place into bed.

How to get a newborn to sleep longer at night?

In order to sleep longer in the day and at night, the ability to self-settle can be important. This simply means your baby is able to be put to bed when they are perfectly ready and drift off to sleep independently, much like we would do. From about 6 weeks of age, it is a good idea to start putting your baby down drowsy but awake at least once a day. You should give your baby a chance to settle themself to sleep, but if they don’t succeed then step in with one of your other soothing techniques. If you can make this the norm for at least one nap or bedtime by 8 weeks, it will help significantly in the months to come. Making sure your baby is taking the required amount of milk or solids (if you are offering) is important to be able to help them sleep longer at night as well.

How to get a newborn to sleep without being held?

It can be so lovely being able to cuddle, rock and feed your beautiful baby until they fall asleep. As a parent, you can choose whatever feels good for you and your baby at the time, and do it for however long it suits you. However, it is important to note, that as your baby grows and always associates falling asleep in one particular way, they may want that repeated many times when they wake in the night. If you want to avoid having just one way that helps to settle them, having a series of different soothing techniques that you use to calm your baby from the beginning is an important element of developing healthy sleep habits and overcoming sleep problems in the future.

How to put a newborn to sleep safely and avoid sleep problems? 

When it comes to putting your baby down to sleep, there are some important things you can do to help keep them safe. The ideal place for a baby to sleep is in a safe cot, on a safe mattress, with safe bedding in a safe sleeping place, both night and day.

  • Have a safe sleeping environment night and day: Make sure the mattress is firm, clean, flat and in a safe cot that meets current Australian standard (AS2172).
  • Keep your baby’s head and face uncovered: Covering a baby’s face or head with clothing such as a hat increases the risk of sudden infant death.
  • Make sure there are no blankets, toys, pillows, or bumpers in the cot.
  • Sleep your baby on their back: not on their tummy or side.
  • Avoid overheating: Keeping the room temperature between 19-22 degrees is ideal.
  • Keep your baby’s home environment smoke-free before and after birth.
  • Swaddle should be fitted so that the head cannot slip inside the neckhole and become covered.
  • Choose natural breathable fabrics that won’t irritate or overheat your baby.
  • One baby shows signs of rolling, transition to arms out sleeping.
  • Sleep your baby in your room: The safest place to sleep your baby for the first 12 months is in a safe cot next to your bed.

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Jennifer is a qualified IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Doula and MNT Maternity Nurse. These qualifications enable her to assist pregnant women with their sleep issues, support women during labour and the birthing process, guide parents during the postpartum period and educate families about their baby’s sleeping habits. Jennifer provides safe and gentle sleep training methods based on knowledge obtained during her studies, successful qualifications and 16+ years experience.

Jennifer has obtained her paediatric First Aid Training through KidZAid and is registered to work with babies and children in Australia and Europe. Techniques and methods used are all derived directly from her qualifications and from her many years of experience.

Jennifer’s advice does not replace the advice from your Doctor or Paediatrician, and her advice should not be relied upon as medical advice. For medical advice, you should always seek the advice from your medical practitioner. Therefore, you should consult with your health-care professional should you have any healthcare related questions or before embarking on a new sleep program. If a medical problem appears or persists, do not disregard or delay seeking medical advice from doctor. Accordingly, Jennifer expressly disclaims any liability, loss, damage, or injury caused by information provided to the client.

Jennifer will educate, support you and guide you through the sleep challenges needed to make change in your baby’s sleeping habits. As a Baby Sleep Consultant, Jennifer is not responsible for your application of the sleep solutions once the consultation has concluded. Once the sleep consultation has concluded it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to apply the agreed methods and solutions. Jennifer has an extremely high success rate, however, the success of Jennifer solutions is in the hands of the parents’ commitment & perseverance once the sleep consultation has ended; therefore Jennifer cannot make any guarantees of success. However, Jennifer will use her best endeavours to support you until the desired result has been achieved.

  • I agree to check with my healthcare provider/doctor if my baby has any medical conditions, which prevent them from being trained safely.
  • I agree to follow safe sleeping practices in line with SIDS recommendations (
  • I agree to disclose any medical conditions to Jennifer, which my baby has or has had previously.
  • I understand that my customised baby sleep program is meant for my baby only and should not be shared with a third party. I acknowledge the information might not be suitable for another baby.
  • Any changes I make to my baby’s sleeping or eating arrangements are my decision and Jennifer will only make suggestions for change, of which I am responsible for choosing to implement.
  • It is my responsibility to contact Jennifer for my follow up support and send the sleep log information through to be assessed for feedback as frequently as suggested.


In-Home Cancellation Policy
To confirm any In-Home Program, the client will be required to pay a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure the booking. The remaining amount of the In-Home Program will be required to be paid on the day after Jennifer leaves your home. Any cancellations barring medical or other emergencies will forfeit the deposit. If  you cancel less than 48 hours before the scheduled visit, the full amount will be required, unless Jennifer can backfill your place with someone on the waiting list.

If your baby is a little under the weather and does not have a temperature, the program can generally proceed as planned. If your baby is sick with a temperature or has been diagnosed with a medical condition by a doctor, the program will be postponed until your baby is better. A doctors certificate may be requested.

Remote Program/Phone Consultation
To confirm the Remote Program or Phone Consultation Jennifer will be required to be paid in full before sleep plans are constructed and the phone consultation takes place.

Remote Program Cancellation policy
The Remote Program and Phone Consultations are non-refundable after the start of sleep work (i.e. when any sleep advice has been delivered to the client via email, text, phone).

Acts of God or suspected medical conditions
If an act of God, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other natural calamity shall cause you to cancel the sleep services, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent sleep consulting. 

If during the In Home program, Jennifer feels the consultation should cease due to an underlying or undisclosed medical condition, Jennifer will require payment only for the time actually spent in your home. In this case, to keep the situation fair on both parties, the hourly rate is reduced down from the normal sleep consulting fees (as per the program booked) and charged at $50ph. 

Doctor’s appointment
Jennifer requests that every client has an appointment with their doctor to ensure their baby is developmentally on track and fit for sleep training. Written medical approval may be requested for certain circumstances.

Within 25km from Bondi Beach. An additional fee of $25ph travelled will be charged if travel is over 25kms.

As the client, you knowingly and voluntarily agree to waive and release Jennifer from any and all claims of liability or demands for compensation that you may acquire during the time working with Jennifer.

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