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Our expert was Catherine Morris, Brand Director at The Gro Company.


With 10 years experience working on leading baby brands, Catherine joined The Gro Company over 4 years ago and has a wealth of knowledge about Gro’s safer sleep products.


Currently expecting her first baby in May 2015, she is very excited about becoming a mum for the first time having worked with so many parents and babies over the years.


The Live Web Chat has now ended.  A big 'Thank You' to Catherine at Gro for all of her help.


Please view the questions and answers below.  We hope these are of help.


QUESTION: Hi, Congratulations Catherine! My baby is 10 and half weeks old and will not sleep in the Moses basket in the day. He will go in if he has fallen asleep on us but wakes up after a few minutes but will sleep for longer if he is asleep on me.


Asked by Elaine Nichols on 27/02/15 15:45

ANSWER: Hi Elaine,

Thanks so much!

Have you tried putting him to sleep in something other than a moses
basket yet? In my experience not all babies get on with them and you
might do better with something which is a bit more open sided like a
crib or cot. However it might not be the moses basket so try some
other techniques first.

As I'm sure you know It is really good practice to let your baby fall
asleep on their own when they are tired - i.e. by putting them down
whilst they are still awake but sleepy from about 6 to 8 weeks, so I
would try and break the habit of him falling asleep on you. Try
putting him down when he is awake but sleepy after a good bedtime
routine, if he cries you can remain beside him, patting and shushing
until he goes to sleep, but ideally you want to work towards him
settling himself to sleep, it might take him a little while to get
used to that, so try and pause before rushing to him. Look in to
techniques for helping soothing him to sleep, like a good routine etc,
you might also find white noise helps.

You might find checking out our FAQ's on sleep helpful

http://gro.co.uk/sleep-central/faqs/andreas-faqs


I can also recommend checking out Lisa Clegg who gives great advice -
we had a Q&A on Gro's facebook page a few weeks ago and there might be
some advice in there you find useful. You can also contact her
directly through facebook or on her website
http://theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/about-me/


I hope that helps!


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 13:40

QUESTION: Hi my 2 year old daughter has gone from sleeping all through the night to waking around 1.30am every morning, I go in settle her and she usually goes back to sleep til 5.30-6am. When she does wake she us either just calling mum, or kicking the side of the cot.


Asked by Emma Daniels on 01/03/15 06:55

ANSWER: Hi Emma,

I think that sounds a very common problem. Have you tried leaving her
to see if she settles by herself? She might grumble about it to start
with, but if you persevere and are consistent that will probably be
the best way of cracking it, you might need to introduce it gradually.
That is just from my observations though ...

Also have you looked in to a Gro-clock? That can be a great training
tool for helping her to understand it is still night time and time for
sleep.

I can recommend checking out Lisa Clegg who gives great advice - we
had a Q&A on Gro's facebook page a few weeks ago and there might be
some advice in there you find useful. You can also contact her
directly through facebook or on her website
http://theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/about-me/


Answer from PreciousLittleOne on 04/03/15 13:14

QUESTION: I have heard people mention the controlled crying technique but am not sure at what age you can try it and if it works?


Asked by Customer on 03/03/15 11:40

ANSWER: Hi Jennie,
Controlled crying or sleep training is a bit of a hot topic as people
have very different opinions on it.

You might find this blog post useful.

http://gro.co.uk/blog/should-i-leave-my-baby-to-cry-at-bedtime


There are different ways of going about it so you might want to do a
bit more research to decide if it is for you and what is suitable for
your baby depending on their age.

Also make sure you are following other advice and sleep strategies too
such as helping to teach the difference between day and night and
using a consistent bedtime routine.

You can start to give your baby the chance to fall asleep on their own
when they are tired - i.e. by putting them down whilst they are still
awake from about 6 to 8 weeks.


Lisa Clegg might be able to help you, you can find out more about her
and contact her here http://theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/about-me/


Answer from PreciousLittleOne on 04/03/15 13:12

QUESTION: I am finding it difficult to turn my baby's body clock around. She is up at 4am and then ready for bed too early. How do I change it?


Asked by Sarah on 03/03/15 11:47

ANSWER: Hi Sarah,

You don't say how old your baby is and any techniques that experts
suggest are normally quite dependent on your baby's age, for example
is your baby still having naps in the day?

Maybe have a look at our Sleep FAQ's here

http://gro.co.uk/sleep-central/faqs/andreas-faqs


If she is 18mths - 2 years you might find a Gro-clock helpful, if you
haven't heard about them before it is worth checking them out.

In addition Lisa Clegg might be able to help you, you can find out
more about her and contact her here
http://theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/about-me/
Or check out her facebook page, she is very good at giving advice on
sleep routines.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 13:08

QUESTION: Hi, my little girl is 9 months old. She wakes up several times a night, not crying just chatting away. She has a dummy which is another reason why she wakes up. I have tried doing controlled crying with her and taking the dummy away but didn't work. She has her last bottle at 7pm and that's her until morning. She can be awake for up to an hour at a one through the night which is difficult for is especially when myself and husband are both working! Any advice would be grateful and tips on how to get rid of the dummy?


Asked by Customer on 04/03/15 11:57

ANSWER: Hi Laura,

If your little one isn't crying just chatting, I would recommend leaving her and letting her settle herself back to sleep.
With regards to the dummy, they can start causing problems after 6 months so I would look in to weaning her off it, you might need to do it gradually if you have tried cold turkey before and start by limiting its use. I'd suggest doing some research on different techniques, baby centre can have some useful advice if you haven't' already checked it out.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x554840/when-and-how-should-i-wean-my-baby-off-her-dummy

I can also recommend checking out Lisa Clegg who gives great advice - we had a Q&A on Gro's facebook page a few weeks ago and there might be some advice in there you find useful. You can also contact her directly through facebook or on her website http://theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/about-me/


Answer from PreciousLittleOne on 04/03/15 13:07

QUESTION: my little girl is 8 months but I'm terrified of sids I'm so scared my baby will die of sids I make my self Ill through the worrying


Asked by Sasha on 04/03/15 11:53

ANSWER: Hi Sasha,

You should take comfort from the fact that the risk of SIDS or cot death does reduce significantly after six months of age. Are you following the advice for safe sleep? Have a look at The Lullaby Trust's guidance here to make sure you are doing everything right for your baby so they are sleeping as safely as possible.

http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/document.doc?id=295

If you are doing everything you need to but are still worried chat to your GP or contact the Lullaby Trust for support. I hope that helps.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 12:10

QUESTION: Hi, I was just wondering when can I start using a gro bag? And can you buy a smaller size for a newborn or is the smallest 0-6 months? Many thanks Natalie


Asked by Natalie on 04/03/15 11:38

ANSWER: Hi Natalie, The current minimum weight for a baby in a sleeping bag according to the British Safety Standard is 4kg which is 8lbs 13 ounces or 8.8 lbs, that would be the smallest size baby that can be put in a 0-6month sized Grobag. The reason for that is that Grobags are carefully sized, particularly at the neck opening, so when they are little they can't slip down inside the bag.
Gro suggests starting out by swaddling your baby for the first few weeks as that will give you benefits a baby sleep bag can't - mainly preventing your newborn from startling themselves with their arms (newborns have a startle reflex), and helping them feel snug and secure for sleep.

I hope that helps, if you have any other questions on that feel free to contact us at hello@gro.co.uk


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:49

QUESTION: Do you need to use a movement and breath mat after six months?


Asked by Sasha on 25/02/15 12:07

ANSWER: Hi Sasha, unless you have been suggested to use a movement and breath monitor by a medical professional or are following medical advice, they are a personal choice, and the Lullaby Trust would suggest that nothing is a substitute for checking on your baby, but some parents find them very re-assuring and use them for as long as they give them peace of mind.

The risk of SIDS or cot death does reduce after six months, and very few incidences of SIDS occur after a year. Also By the age of six months, most babies are able to confidently flip or roll from side to side.

Make sure you continue to follow safe sleep guidance at all times, to ensure your baby is sleeping as safely as possible. The Lullaby Trust has a safer sleep video you might want to watch, see the link here.

http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep

If in doubt please talk to a medical professional.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:38

QUESTION: I am always worried if my baby sleeps too much during the day, he won't sleep at night. Is it ok to let my baby sleep as long as he wants in the day?


Asked by Rachel on 03/03/15 11:45

ANSWER: Hi Rachel,

There is some guidance on how much sleep your baby needs based on age in Gro's FAQ's from sleep expert Andrea Grace.

http://gro.co.uk/sleep-central/faqs/andreas-faqs


You might find also this extract from a recent Q&A on Gro's facebook page with Lisa Clegg useful, Lisa is a Maternity Nurse and author of The Blissful Baby Expert.

"Hi Lisa! Can you tell me how much sleep my 21 month old should be getting each day? Is it OK that he still naps for 2-3 hours in the afternoon?"

"Lisa Clegg If he's still sleeping very well at night then that's absolutely fine. Most toddlers still have a nap over the lunch period 12:30-3pm until over 2 years old for 1-3hours. All 3 of my children never dropped the nap until closer to 4 years old and still slept well at night. You will know when it's time to start reducing it and dropping it if is affecting bedtime settling."

So Lisa suggests that as long as your baby is sleeping well at night, you don't need to worry.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:29

QUESTION: My baby sleeps fine at home but if I go on holiday, it is a nightmare. What can I do to get her to settle better when we are away?


Asked by Catarina Boyd on 03/03/15 09:46

ANSWER: Hi Catarina, I'd suggest trying to keep her routine as similar as
possible to when she is at home. Helping her feel familiar will
prevent being unsettled which is probably the cause.
If you use a baby sleep bag for example, make sure you still use one,
but look in to getting a lightweight tog if where you are going is
hot. Grobags come in 0.5 togs for example which are great for hot
holidays.

It might be the room that she is sleeping in is a lot lighter than the
one at home, or the time it is generally getting dark is later, in
which case a portable black out blind is a great idea to take with you
- check out the Gro Anywhere Blind.

Try and keep the rest of your routine up in terms of feed, bed and
bath times. Also depending on her age, maybe you can introduce other
familiar elements at home that might help when away such as a
comforter or favourite toy that will re-assure.

Finally I would suggest not rushing to her if she is unsettled in the
night, give her a few minutes and she might settle by herself, some
fussing and grumbling as they settle to sleep is one of the best ways
to ensure that they sleep through the night.

There are a few posts on our blog you might find useful with top tips
for travel - check them out here. Hope that helps!

http://gro.co.uk/blog/top-tips-to-help-your-children-sleep-during-the-warm-summer-weather


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:12

QUESTION: I use a sleeping bag as my baby is a wriggler and kicks the covers off but I am never sure what tog to use when and whether I should be putting a baby grow underneath? I always worry that her arms will get cold.


Asked by Scarlet Terry on 03/03/15 08:31

ANSWER: Hi Scarlet, Do you have a nursery thermometer of some sort in the room
your baby is sleeping in? You get them free in Grobag packaging or you
can buy low cost ones if you don't already have one. The key thing to
remember with tog is that what you should use is dependent on the
temperature of the room the baby is sleeping in, so have a look at the
thermometer at night. For Grobags you should use a 2.5 tog in 16-20
degrees, and a 1 tog for 21-23 degrees. You can also get 0.5 togs and
3.5 togs for even warmer or cooler temperatures. You can then use this
guide on our website to show you based on the exact temperature, what
tog you should be using, and what clothing to put with it.

http://gro.co.uk/pages/what-to-wear


Although this information is very helpful and I would suggest it as a
start point, it is a guide, and all babies are different. You might
find your baby is a particularly 'warm' baby, in which case just adapt
the clothing underneath accordingly. Remember it is perfectly normal
and healthy for babies to have cooler hands and arms - so try not to
worry about it, if she is cold she will be waking up and telling you
about it! If you are at all worried the best way to check if your baby
is a comfortable temperature is by touching her on the back of the
neck or on the chest, she should not feel hot or sweaty.

A really easy solution is to get a Gro-egg room thermometer, as that
changes colour based on the temperature range of the room, it will
show you at a glance what tog you should be using, and if the
temperature of the room is changing - even from a distance and in the
dark - I highly recommend it if you are looking for a bit more
reassurance.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:06

QUESTION: Does the type of mattress you use make a difference to baby's sleeping?


Asked by Emily Robinson on 03/03/15 09:33

ANSWER: Hi Emily, The Lullaby Trust's Guidance is that to follow safe sleep guidance a mattress needs to be firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover in order to keep it clean and dry. It should not be soft or sag, and it should fit in to the cot snugly without gaps.

Obviously you will want your baby to be comfortable, look for something firm which is going to be supportive (Which? says ideally 10cm deep for a cot mattress). If you have a cotbed which you also want to work as a junior bed, you might want to consider buying something which is going to last well. Hope that helps, see the link below for more information.

http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/mattresses-and-bedding


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:06

QUESTION: I want to know more about swaddling baby. Do you do this during the day and night?


Asked by Jo Clarke on 03/03/15 09:42

ANSWER: Hi Jo,

Dr Harvey Karp, a paediatrician who has written books such as 'The
Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep' is a huge advocate of swaddling.
He says it is 'the cornerstone of calming and sleep because it keeps
babies from waking with every twitch and startle'. His guidance is
that you should only swaddle during naps, nights, and fussy periods -
not 24 hours a day.

Swaddling is great for newborns and I highly recommend giving it a go,
just make sure you are doing it safely - there is lots of advice
online to give you guidance. You can also look in to 'pre-made'
swaddle products such as the Gro-swaddle to make swaddling easy. Some
key tips ...

Always place your baby to sleep on their back
Use a fabric with stretch in it such as the Gro-swaddle
Don't over-wrap or use too many layers or additional blankets to
prevent overheating - ears should be warm, not hot and red, and the
back of baby's neck should not be sweaty.
Don't cover baby's head.
You want the swaddle to be secure on the arms and chest, but baby's
legs should be able to move in to a 'frog-like' position, (up and
out), in order to remain hip healthy.


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:05

QUESTION: When is the best time to move from a cot to bed for a baby? Our little one is nearly 2 and sleeps around 11-12 hours each night, we are worried that by moving her to a bed she will find it hard to settle. Are there any issues leaving her in a cot for as long as we can?


Asked by Paul on 03/03/15 10:44

ANSWER: Hi Paul, we find that most people tend to move to a bed at about age
2, however some make the change slightly earlier, and some a bit later
- I don't think there are any hard and fast rules, I would suggest you
make the change when you feel she is ready and if she is happy at the
moment there is no rush. If you are worried about making the
transition there are products that can help her still feel secure in
her 'big girls bed' and give her that similar sense of reassurance. I
am a big fan of our Gro-to-bed bedding, the pillow and duvet attach to
the bottom sheet securely so that the bedding stays in place, it also
helps prevent rolling out of bed and your little one will still have
that sense of being tucked in and secure. Good Luck!


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:05

QUESTION: Are dummies a good idea when baby is sleeping?


Asked by Katie on 03/03/15 11:43

ANSWER: Hi Katie, As you have probably already found there is lots of advice and opinions on dummies and sleep as there are pros and cons, and it might depend on the age of your baby - I can't go in to all of the information here, but some experts such as Penelope Leach (Author of Your Baby & Child) says not every baby needs one but they can make a big difference, she suggests if you think your baby needs one to try it and use for a few months. One problem is that your baby might become reliant on it, creating sleep issues later if it falls out during sleep, but there is advice out there on how to wean babies off them if needed.

However lots of parents find them extremely useful at soothing their baby, and it is a personal choice. If you do choose to use one for sleep check out the Lullaby Trust for information on safety with regards to dummies, there is some evidence to suggest they can reduce the risk of sids when putting your baby to sleep.

http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/dummies


Answer from Expert on 04/03/15 11:05

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