STEP 5: Reassure your baby
If your baby grizzles after being put to bed, it is usually better to leave her until she quietens. If your baby is crying intensely for more than 30 seconds, go back in and repeat Step 4 but don’t get your baby out of bed.
After 5-10 minutes of re-settling you might like to leave the room and give your baby a brief opportunity to practise self-settling.
STEP 6: Re-settle your baby if necessary
Sometimes babies wake after 30 to 40 minutes of sleep, which is after only one sleep cycle. Repeat Step 5 so that the baby learns to have daytime sleeps that are one and a half to two hours long.
Praise your baby when she has had a long sleep.
Learning from your answers
It takes some weeks for these strategies to become familiar and we all need support from our partners, family members and friends as we introduce them. You will be able to refine them to suit your baby and your own situation with time.
This webpage last updated 27 February 2014.