The Sleep Sense Philosophy

As a Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant, I believe healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is happy, energetic, playful, curious, and ready to learn. Sleep promotes growth, increases attention spans, boosts learning, and helps our bodies to fight germs to stay healthy.

I understand parents are entrusting me with their most precious thing in the world- their child- and are allowing me to help guide them through this new experience. As your child’s sleep guide, you are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I take this responsibility very seriously.

I believe your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on parenting styles. That’s why my sleep method places so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan to create healthy sleep habits in order for it to work for your child! The sleep plan that I will create for your family is personalized based on our discussion and the information you provide. Your sleep plan outlines your needs and the methods and strategies that will work best to reach your sleep goals

With me as your Sleep Sense Consultant, the approach to improving your child’s sleep through healthy sleep habits is simple:

  • I will EDUCATE you about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.
  • I will SUPPORT you through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. All children are different and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to help customize his or her sleep plan.
  • I will COMMUNICATE with you and show you how to measure success. No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night – although it does happen!  We will tell you what you should expect along the way!

A little note about the “crying” question:

Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.

Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.

Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.

If you have any questions at all about the philosophy behind the Sleep Sense™ Method, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can be reached by email at Erin@ChasingDreamsSleep.com or by telephone at (864) 764-4096.