6 – 8 Months

How We Can Help

In this age group your baby is strongly influenced by the environment, daily activities and routines, the feed, play, sleep routine is the core structure of a baby’s day.

This can be a fun time as your child develops new skills such as exploring their world. As your baby is now more mobile it is very important to ensure your home environment is safe for your inquisitive toddler.

By six months your baby can commence taking solids, it is also a good time to commence feeding your baby cooled boiled water from a cup.

By the age of six months, most baby’s sleep between fifteen and seventeen hours a day, which consist of day and night time sleeps. In this age group, your baby should be capable to sleep through the night without a feed.

If your baby has not as yet settled into a sleep pattern that fits into your family life, this maybe the right age to try some settling strategies to promote your baby to sleep longer periods at night.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Sleep Issues can Sleep Rescue Help with?

  • Establishing an age appropriate routine for your baby
  • Feeding Issues
  • Recognizing tired signs
  • Short naps during the day- lasting 45 minutes or less
  • Bedtime and naptime issues
  • Transitioning your baby from parents room to baby’s own room
  • Night Weaning
  • Pacifier Dependency
  • Helping your baby to sleep through the night
  • Teaching your baby to learn how to self-settle
  • Early morning wake ups

What are your qualifications?

Our Director Gabrielle Russell is a trained Mothercraft Nurse, also holds a Diploma of Community Services in Early Childhood and a Post Graduate degree in Post Natal and Neo-Natal Care. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and has 30 years experience in Private Mother Baby Units within the hospital sector, Public Sleep Schools and in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age.

What sets you apart from other Sleep Consultants?

Gabrielle and her staff hold Australian Nursing Association recognized qualifications and Sleep Rescue is well known in the industry and has made guest appearances on the Morning Show, The Project, Current Affair and Chanel 9 news. Sleep Rescue was the first In-Home consultation service established in Victoria and Gabrielle Russell is one of the leading Sleep Consultants in Australia and is often asked for her opinion on new research and newspaper articles.

Unfortunately Private Sleep Consultants are not regulated in Australia at present and there are many consultants in the industry that market themselves as Child Sleep experts after completing various International short online courses. These courses are not recognized by the Australian standard Nursing Associations. Gabrielle Russell uses her extensive training and many years of experience as a Mothercraft Nurse, Educator, Parent and Grandparent to achieve results for you and your family.

What is the right age to seek advice with sleep concerns?

The right age to seek advice is when you are having an issue and you feel that the time is right for you and your family to get some help.  The earlier you implement an age appropriate routine, your baby is more likely to transition smoothly through other developmental stages and it will be less likely that you will have sleep issues as your child gets older.

What Location does Sleep Rescue Service?

Sleep Rescue’s aim is to assist any parents that may require help to establish a healthy sleep pattern in the comfort of their own home.

We come to you anywhere within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and provide support where it is needed most, in the home. For those families not located in our service area we offer On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultation Packages so our pattern approach can be used in your home. Our team will help you to break the sleeplessness cycle, by looking at all the issues that contribute to your baby not settling.

Sleep Rescue would like to help any family that requires assistance wherever you live in Australia or Internationally.

Which consult would you recommend?

In this age group I would recommend our personalized consultations, depending on the difficulties that you are experiencing. If you are only experiencing day issues we would recommend our three hours home consult or our extended six hour day consultation. If you are experiencing overnight issues we would recommend our extensive overnight stay with this consult we arrive at your house at 7 pm and remain with you until 6 am. At Sleep Rescue we cater for the individual family, we can also offer a extended overnight stay, on this package we will remain with you for the morning sleep.

We will assist you with introducing a bedtime routine and help you establish a positive bedtime ritual to help your baby sleep through the night and provide you with predictable and consistent strategies to achieve your personal goals.

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How many consultations will I require?

Most of our clients only require one in home consultation to establish a positive routine. After the consultation we provide you with the knowledge and confidence to implement your new strategies we have developed together in your Individual Family Care Plan.

I would like a three night In-Home Consultation for extra support is this possible?

Sleep Rescue offers a three consecutive night consultation with our Founder and Director Gabrielle Russell. Gabrielle has studied in total of 10 years and has over 30 years experience in the Private Mother Baby Units and Maternity Wards within the hospital sector, Public Sleep Schools and in the early childhood industry with a focus on sleeping habits of children from newborn to primary school age children.

Gabrielle Russell is well known in the industry and has made many guest appearances on the Morning Show, The Project, Current Affair and Chanel 9 news. Gabrielle is one of the leading Sleep Consultants in her field. Gabrielle is popular and requested by many referrals, she will try her best to prioritise her three night consult but due to her popularity you may find your waiting period maybe close to 14 days. The earlier you book the less time is your waiting period.

Read more on our 3 night in-home consultation and our other services we offer

How does the Sleep Rescue Consultation process work?

After receiving your enquiry, our Director Sleep Rescue will contact you to discuss your concerns and will recommend you to the most appropriate service to address the difficulties that your baby and your family are experiencing.

Sleep Rescue will organize a suitable time for your consultation after confirmation of your booking we will direct you to our questionnaire this will enable us to obtain further background information on your baby, your family and your situation. The questionnaire will be required to be returned prior to your consultation.

When we conduct your Consultation either In-Home, On-line Video Conference or our Telephone Consultations, all our packages include our ‘Sleep Rescue Child Settling Book’, a formulated detailed Individual Family Care Plan and our ongoing support throughout early childhood.

Read on our complete process in our FAQs

How much sleep does my baby require?

Many parents are surprised to learn that babies need between 12 and 18 hours sleep per day, depending on the age of your child. A baby in this age group requires between 15 and 17 hours per day.

How many naps should my baby be taking during the day?

It depends on the age of your baby, every baby is different, and in this age group your baby should be taking three naps during the day.

When can a baby sleep through the night?

Every baby is unique if your baby is physically healthy you may find that eleven hours of solid night time sleep maybe achievable at around five months. Most babies are developmentally ready to sleep through the night from around six months of age.

Sleep Rescue recommends that you confirm with your Pediatrician or your General Practitioner that your child is following the appropriate growth pathway and are ready to implement positive sleep strategies.

What methods of sleep training techniques does Sleep Rescue implement?

At Sleep Rescue we treat each family as an individual and believe that all families sleep issues and requirements are unique. We adjust our Sleep Consults to cater for the individual family and provide solutions that both parents are comfortable with implementing.

Does Sleep Rescue use the cry it out method, controlled crying or any other variations?

At Sleep Rescue we will help you understand the benefits of different strategies and together we will formulate an individual plan that we will help you implement based on your family’s needs.

We use a technique called Progressive Learning this method is used to teach babies how to get to sleep and how to re-settle themselves after waking without assistance from their parents. This process is designed to give baby’s reassurance, comfort and security.

In this age group we feel that it is important for parents to provide your baby with reassurance and support to help them settle. It is impossible to guarantee that your baby will not shed any tears with any methods that you decide to implement, as this is how babies communicate.

If anyone claims otherwise they are not being totally honest, at Sleep Rescue we aim to offer you a service that will benefit both the baby and the family to achieve positive outcomes. We will never pressure you to do anything that you are not comfortable with but at the end of the day we want to help you achieve your goals.

Will I receive ongoing support?

At Sleep Rescue we believe in supporting our families, with our home consultations we provide you with free ongoing support throughout early childhood either through emails or our 24 hour phone support.

Speak to Gabrielle Directly on 0428 439 136 or email me

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