How to regulate your child’s sleep hormones
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Mandy Gurney
Former Director of the Sleep Clinic at the NHS St Charles hospital in London and Director of Millpond Sleep clinic. She also works as an NHS Sleep educator to health professionals across the UK.
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Stage 4 – 9 months

Baby standing in cot

In the latter half of their first year, babies start to become very mobile. This can be difficult at bedtime and naptime. Some babies that sleep in cots use the sides of their cots to pull themselves up to standing and then can't get down again.
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Unfortunately, babies can pull themselves up earlier than they learn how to safely get back down to sitting and lying down. Therefore, lots of parents struggle with babies who get stuck standing in their cot.

When your baby gets to the stage that she can pull herself up to standing, she will probably experiment with doing it in her cot.

If she does it late at night, this can disrupt her sleep as she might not be able to get down again so will be stuck standing up.

She might need help to lie down again.

It’s not your baby’s fault – since she really mightn’t be able to sit or lie back down on her own yet.

When you hear her rustling around, pop back in quickly and lie her back down.

Try not to spend time cuddling or chatting.

A sleeping bag designed for babies and toddlers (a gro-bag) can sometimes help since her legs won’t be so mobile.

This would also be a good time to check that your baby’s mattress is at a safe height if you haven’t already lowered it. When they are more mobile and standing up, they are at greater risk of falling out.
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