Case Study - 5 month old Belle (Cot refusal to independent sleeper)

Updated: Feb 23

5 months old Belle* would not sleep for longer than 30 minutes in her cot both day and night. This meant that mum was needing to hold Belle for ALL her naps and they had resorted to co-sleeping overnight just so everyone could get some semblance of sleep.

When Belle’s mum contacted me, she was exhausted and at a loss. She felt like she was missing out on life, especially as she couldn’t spend any one-on-one time with her 2.5 year old. What they were doing was simply not sustainable.

We put together a plan that mum was comfortable with and made some adjustments to Belle’s routine and introduced a new settling method.

We started with small goals of settling Belle in her cot for one nap a day and at bedtime. We also decided to keep two overnight feeds as Belle had not yet started solids.

Within a week Belle and her mum had well and truly smashed these goals. Belle was self-settling like a champ and was having both her morning and lunch naps in her cot. Mum finally had time to play with her toddler.

Belle was also sleeping the entire night in her cot in her parent's room with a maximum of two feeds, some nights she would only wake once.

This family was ready for change and their patience and commitment towards setting up healthy sleep habits has made such a positive impact on their day to day lives.

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*Names have been changed.

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