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Why work with me?
I also know what a world of difference a well-rested baby makes to the family. My third son learned good sleep skills from the start, and he was such a well-rested, happy boy. We were all well-rested enough to enjoy each stage, instead of stressed trying to manage a chronically overtired, miserable baby, which we experienced with our first two children.
It brings me such joy to be able to help you go from being an exhausted and frustrated parent to a well-rested, happy family. I truly care about each child and each family and it is my goal to help bring you to the world of restful sleep.
I understand how challenging and stressful it can be for parents to make changes to their child’s sleep habits while second-guessing every step of the process. My focus is to educate parents to help their child get the quality sleep they need. I will work with you to create a sleep plan based on your child’s needs, so everyone in the family can get a good night’s sleep. I provide support throughout the entire process, so you never feel lost or alone. Good sleep is possible. Let me show you how!
When is the right time to start sleep training?
There is no one size fits all answer here. The best answer is- when you feel ready to be consistent with the changes we will discuss. While I can provide you with all of the information, if you do not implement it or follow through, you will not achieve success. Ensuring you feel ready to commit to these changes will help your child be successful.
It is also important to note that we will need 3 weeks of consistency while you implement our program so that you will not be traveling or having house guests. Your child needs to practice falling asleep at home, in her bed as often as possible. The more consistent we can be with this, the less confusing it will be for her, and the faster she will learn these sleep skills.
Can I continue to co-sleep?
What about crying? (child under 2, in a crib)
When we work together, the amount of crying is considerably less than if you were to try sleep training alone with a sleep method off of the internet or a book. I have a very holistic approach, incorporating schedules, routines, ensuring good feedings, in addition to the independent sleep skills, which is all tailored to your family with my personalized support, which will help ease your child through this transition.
How much crying really depends on your child’s personality, how big her sleep debt is, and how overtired she is. Crying is a symptom of fatigue, confusion, and frustration, and may not be prevented.
I will support you on how to support and reassure your child as she learns how to fall asleep on her own. The good news is that when done right, crying is minimal and success is achieved. Once children learn how to fall asleep on their own – which can happen pretty quickly – the crying decreases, then goes away! It’s very short term with huge rewards for everyone in the family at the end of the journey.
What about crying? (child over 2, in a big bed)
When working with an older toddler, one of our tools that we will use is the Sleep Rules. Your child will learn how to lay in her bed quietly, until her clock lights up in the morning. While using this, there is often not a lot of crying. There may be some protesting if they are not getting their way, but overall, having worked on the clear boundaries during the first phase of the plan helps minimize the protesting and crying while working together on their sleep. We will use a system of consequences and positive reinforcement to encourage your child to make good choices, and follow our sleep rules.
Will someone else be able to put my child down?
How fast will I see results?
For those that are napping… Naps can take 1-4 weeks to solidify, so they may not be perfect at the completion of our time. At the end of our time together, she will have gained great skills and you will have learned the tools and gained the confidence to continue moving forward with these skills.
My goal is for each of my families to achieve their sleep goals, and I will do everything I can to help you get to this point.