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Giving you all the tools you need to help your baby sleep better


Get advice from sleep experts including:
  • Pinky McKay
  • Chris Minogue
  • Jo Ryan

Baby sleep problems? Our experts are here to help

So your baby’s not sleeping? Or perhaps she is, but she’s waking more frequently than you would like. Whatever the reason, life with a young baby and a lack of sleep can be challenging for everyone.

Learn what’s developmentally appropriate for babies six months and under. This is the perfect place to start when trying to improve your baby's sleep problems.

The tricky thing is that no baby is the same, so while something will work for one; it might not work for another. Fortunately, our baby sleep experts can work with you one-on-one to tweak your baby's routine, so you can both get some more sleep.

Improve your baby's sleep in three easy steps

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Understand your baby's sleep according to their age and development

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Choose an effective sleep routine to suit your baby's age and stage   

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Need more help? Our sleep experts are available to give one-on-one assistance 

Choose a sleep routine for your baby

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newborn - 8 weeks

Sleep facts about your baby
  • Adult sleep cycle lasts around 90 minutes, but a baby's cycle is much shorter, lasting 20 to 50 minutes.
  • Babies lapse into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep - also called active sleep - almost as soon as they doze off and they spend much more time in this REM sleep than adults do.
  • Active sleep is thought to boost brain development and optimise oxygen levels - which it's suggested may help protect against SIDS.

View your newborn - 8 weeks baby sleep routine

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8 - 16 weeks 

Sleep facts about your baby
  • During pregnancy, a mother’s circadian rhythm and melatonin governs her growing baby’s night-day cycles and optimises baby’s development.  But after baby is born, they have to learn how to do this all by themselves – and it can take some time! 
  • Babies who sleep less than their cohort usually self-correct their sleep habits as they grow older.
  • During the first six months of life, the most significant developments in sleep organisation happen - during this time, babies are hard at work learning how to sleep.

View your 8 - 16 weeks baby sleep routine

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16 - 24 weeks

Sleep facts about your baby
  • Babies under 6 months don't have the brain function which inhibits the movement of muscles in their arms and legs during sleep. This is why they can wriggle around a LOT during sleep. In their second 6 months of life, the brain begins to develop this function. 
  • Babies in active sleep may even open their eyes and appear to be awake. But they are actually still dozing! 
  • Babies’ sleep cycles contain plenty of non-dreaming, restorative deep sleep. This sort of sleep begins to decline in the teenage years. 

View your 16 - 24 weeks baby sleep routine

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Need more help getting baby to sleep better?

Need some specific advice from a sleep expert who's going to help you tackle your particular sleep challenges? You can book a one-on-one session with a sleep expert to help you (and bub) get a good night's sleep.

It's easy! Just follow our three simple steps:

  • Schedule a session with your favourite sleep expert
  • Fill out our short questionnaire so we know what your sleep challenges are before your session
  • Start sleeping better

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Not sure what you need? Email us at experts@babyology.com.au and we can explain how the expert consultations work.

Meet our sleep experts

Pinky McKay sleep expert

Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognised breastfeeding expert and specialises in gentle parenting styles that honour mothers’ natural instincts to respond to their babies. She is an IBCLC lactation consultant, mum of five and the bestselling author of 4 titles including Sleeping Like a Baby.

Chris Minogue early childhood nurse

Chris Minogue

Chris Minogue is a much-loved mothercraft nurse with over 30 years of experience in providing care and support for parents of newborns, infants and toddlers. Chris is the author of Bringing Baby Home.

Jo Ryan sleep expert

Jo Ryan

Jo Ryan was a Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years, with much of that time spent working in paediatrics. As well as being a Registered Nurse, Jo has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Health and has recently completely a year of Infant Mental Health Advanced Training.  Jo’s is also the author of BabyBliss, Australia’s must-have guide to sleeping, settling and establishing routines for your baby.


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About Sleep School

Sleep School combines qualified experts, the latest research and real-life experience to help parents develop a sleep routine that suits their baby, their lifestyle and their own unique approach to parenting.

Covering everything from sleep regression and cat-napping, to wakeful nights and cluster feeding, Sleep School’s one-on-one baby sleep consultations can untangle these challenges — and many others — to arm tired parents with strategies designed to turn things around.

Sleep School provides answers, information, support, and compassionate, practical advice during one of life’s biggest transformations - becoming a parent.

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If you have questions or would like assistance to book a session with one of our experts, please contact us at  experts@babyology.com.au