Joanna from Hitchin

G is 10 & half months old and has never slept through the night. As a newborn he was very resistant of night time sleeps, we reacted by rocking, driving, cuddling, feeding him to sleep. At night, at worst he wakes 3 times and I usually breastfeed him back to sleep or fall asleep in our bed then put him back in his cot. We’ve used several methods to try to get him to sleep longer (pick up/put down, crying it out, totally ignoring him) but nothing has worked and I think we’ve made the whole thing worse.

He has been at nursery for 5 weeks since I returned to work, which he enjoys but has picked up several bugs which have made his night time sleeps even worse. He is very clingy with me, he cries if I’m not nearby but that has improved since he started crawling a few weeks ago. The overall objective is to help G to sleep for a longer uninterrupted stretch at night.

Dear Sleep Nannies, I would like to say a big thank you for the advice and support we’ve had over the last three weeks. I was sceptical that anything could change my son’s night waking but 3 weeks on, he has made amazing progress. For the first time in 11 months he slept from 7pm until 6.30am after previously waking 2 to 3 times a night.

Please pass on my gratitude to Mel for her wise words! Many thanks Joanna