My Sleep Philosophy
Every child has the potential to become great sleeper and the whole family deserves to live a well-rested life.
It may surprise you, but healthy sleep habits do not develop automatically. It is our actions and reactions to our children’s need for sleep, that either helps or hinders the development of healthy sleep skills. Your child’s temperament also plays a big part in quality sleep development.
Unlike a book, I am able to accommodate different parenting styles, unique situations and your child’s temperament when creating a sleep plan. Because, ultimately, You, as a parent, need to be comfortable with the new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child!
Also, you have me, as your ultimate resource for any and all sleep related questions that come up during our time together.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty straight forward:
A well-rested child is sociable, energetic, happy, eager to learn, playful and creative. The benefits of sleep physically and mentally are endless! While asleep, the body and brain are hard at work; releasing hormones and other chemicals, memories are consolidated, and hundreds of other functions are happening, helping us to thrive once awake.
The best part: independent sleep skills learned in childhood will set the foundation for great sleep for the rest of their life. How amazing is that!?!
Will they "Cry it Out?"
Let’s talk a bit about crying. Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some amount of protest.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone or ask you to ignore their cries.
My end goal is to have your child sleeping peacefully and safely in their own sleep space, whether that be in a bassinet, pack ‘n play, crib or bed, in your room or their own.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only work with babies?
No, I work with newborns and children up to 8 years old. I even encourage children over the age of 4 to be involved in the process, giving them choices to promote cooperation.
I don't live near you, can you help me?
Yes! I offer a multitude of virtual services that include real-time video utilizing Facetime, Facebook Messenger Video or Zoom at no extra cost, which makes it more personal. If you truly desire my services in-person and live over three hours away, my travel expenses would be significantly more due to air travel and other costs. With that said, I am always happy and eager to help a client in need, no matter where they live.
Does your method fix sleep forever? or just temporarily?
While independent sleep is a learned skill, it is also a natural process. Some parents will find they need to be more consistent on a day-to-day basis to keep good sleep going, but it should never be as bad as it is right now. Sometimes families need a little extra help down the road due to extensive travel, or general backsliding caused by illnesses, milestones, potty training, transitioning to a bed or big life changes like moving or parents separating. In these instances, a refresher phone call will help to reassess and get everyone back to better sleep.
How long does it take to see results?
Depending on age, my support ranges from two to three weeks, however, you should expect to start seeing positive results in 3-5 days, if not immediately. Some children are quicker, and some or slower, but this is not a race. The development of healthy and independent sleep skills does take time and some adjustments may be needed to achieve success.
I have more than one child with sleep struggles, can you help me?
Of course! Depending on your family situation, we may work with all your children at the same time, or stagger them, to ensure sleep success for each one and to not overwhelm you.
Do you have a nap package? My baby's nighttime sleep is fine.
I do not have a specific nap package. I have found that daytime sleeping problems are usually linked to some night time issue, even if you cannot see it. In cases where the daytime is truly the only problem, I will create a special sleep support package to address those issues.
My child has a medical or psychological issue, can he/she learn to sleep better?
It depends. I strongly believe that all children deserve to live a well-rested life. With that said, their special needs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the best steps to make positive changes needed for better sleep.
Do you use the "cry it out" method?
No. I do not endorse the Cry It Out or Extinction Method. During which time children are left in their room and ignored completely. Both methods assume that crying is what teaches your child and honestly, you do not need my help to do this.
Do you guarantee your serviceS? What happens if I hire you and it doesn't work?
Trust in me, this is really going to work! However, I cannot guarantee my services because some of the results are out of my hands. Parents play a huge role in the success of the process. I will do everything in my power to get you to your goal, but I cannot make you do anything. As long as you follow the customized advice I give you and truly want your child to sleep better, I will help you and your child find sleep success.