Sleep Training, Teething & Illness

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Your Baby Sleep Consultant expert.

You have finally made the huge leap to start sleep training but what happens when the hard work you have put into making sleep a priority for your little one gets blown away by illness and teething?

The good news is that babies who were sleeping at the right biological times and taking restorative naps prior to being unwell might have a better time tolerating illness and teething. Another positive is, some colds can stimulate your little ones immune system to become stronger and more resilient. But what happens if some teeth are just that bit more painful than others or a cold and high temperatures are causing issues?

When your baby has a cold, ear infection, minor illness or teething discomfort, you might find yourself able to continue with the sleeping routines and settling techniques you already have in place. But when you know your baby is sick and he wakes during the night, it’s best to attend to him promptly and do whatever he needs to feel soothed and comfortable. This part isn’t the difficult part for most parents; the hard part is giving your baby the space again once he’s feeling better.

It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before you give your baby any medications, even those sold over the counter, and make sure you understand the dosage and directions. Even when your baby is sick, all the safe sleeping rules still apply; including no pillows, blankets or anything else in their cot beside their lovey toy (7 months and over). Read the safe sleep guidelines HERE.

Ways to help your little one:

  1. Use a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer to clear the air. We like ‘Snotty Noses Aroma Snooze’.
  2. Push fluids to keep your baby hydrated.
  3. Use a Nasal Aspirator to help your little one breathe better. We like ‘Snotty Nose Nasal Aspirator’.
  4. Changing clothes regularly if your baby has a fever;
  5. Fever or pain management prescribed by a doctor;
  6. Longer Nap times. It’s vital to let your little one sleep more during times of illness, so if he needs to sleep to recover, then let him do so. Ideally, if you wanted to keep to the same nap routine, you can allow him to sleep longer during those times;
  7. A later wake-up time;
  8. Lots of love and attention from you! When your baby is sick, there’s no greater comfort than holding him close. Whether in a baby carrier or in your arms, he’ll love the attention — and it will probably make you both feel better.

When fighting off illness, sleep is one of the body’s ways of healing itself, so making sleep a priority is important for your baby, Once your little one is on the mend, you should start bringing back the regular sleep routines you have in place. Once you have healthy sleep habits established, it’s like riding a bike; your little one will readjust back to them in no time and be self-settling like a champion.

If you are struggling with your baby’s sleep after a bout of illness, enlisting the help of a My NewBorn baby sleep consultant can help your family get back on track. Receiving specialist and tailored help, including step by step programs, will ensure your little one starts sleeping better and will give you the tools you will need the next time illness or teething comes to visit.

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Terms & Conditions

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.

By checking this Agreement, you agree to the terms and conditions detailed within.