Sleep and settling program

The sleep and settling program has been developed through the Victorian Government’s More help for new Victorian mums and dads initiative that aims to support parents and caregivers who identify a sleep concern with their child.  

The program strategies are evidence informed and the program provides information and guidance around typical sleep patterns and behaviours across a range of developmental ages. The program also addresses common sleep concerns.  


Sleep and settling sessions (day time)

The City provides sleep and settling sessions to parents and caregivers of newborn (0-3 months), baby (6-12 months) and toddler (18-24months) children.  

February and March 2023 sessions:


Dad's night sessions open for bookings

We are now offering a Dad’s night – Sleep and Settling session. These sessions are for dads who have a baby aged 0-2 years. For more information and to book online, click the link below and then click on the ‘Dad’s night – Sleep and Settling Bendigo’ event.

February and March 2023 sessions:


Newborn, Baby and Toddler sessions now on demand

Our Newborn ( 0-6 months)Baby (6-12 months) and Toddler (18-24 months) sessions have been pre-recorded for you to view at any time.  To access the session, click on the relevant link below and fill out the form.  This form collects your basic information and email address to enable follow up support.

Once you press submit, the link for the pre-recorded zoom session will show on the acknowledgement page. No registration to zoom is required to view these recordings.  For any questions following the session, please email [email protected].


Frequently asked questions

The program is first introduced during your appointment with a Maternal and Child Health Nurse where sleep and settling concerns can be discussed and then supported through fact sheets available  at the City’s MCH Centres, online at or by downloading the free MCH app from google play or the app store. 

On demand sessions are now available for newborn (0-3 months), baby (6-12 months) and toddler (18-24months).  

Consultations are also available through the MCH 24/7 help line (13 22 29), this can include follow up calls made at a convenient time for parents.  

In home support for families experiencing significant and on-going sleep and settling concerns is also available through the program. 

The program allows parents to learn about typical sleep patterns and behaviours, discuss strategies to avoid poor sleep habits and information to address sleep concerns that parents may identify.  

The sleep and settling program is fully funded through the Victorian Government. There is no cost to families to attend these sessions.  

The City of Greater Bendigo’s qualified team of Maternal and Child Health Nurses and Early Parenting Workers who have undergone sleep and settling specific training will deliver the program in Greater Bendigo. 

Any parent or caregiver who has a newborn (0-3 months), baby (6-12 months) and toddler (18-24months)  may attend a session.  

While any parent or caregiver of a child under school age can call the MCH 24 hour line.  

All parents or caregivers can discuss sleep concerns with their Maternal and Child Health nurse at any MCH appointment.  

Factsheets and resources

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