When can I begin sleep training my baby?
I do not recommend any formal sleep training until your baby is 6 months of age. However, this does not mean that we can not begin to lay the foundation for healthy sleep habits prior to 6 months of age. By teaching your infant good sleep habits from the very beginning you may find that there is no need for formal sleep training down the road.
Will my child cry during the sleep coaching process?
Some tears are inevitable during the sleep coaching process. For this reason, we will formulate a sleep plan that you are comfortable implementing, with the goal of minimizing your child’s crying. For this reason, I encourage parents to make a gradual changes which allow you to stay with your child and offer both verbal and physical reassurance during the sleep coaching process. This helps your child to learn how to sleep better in a safe and secure way.
Will I have to stop breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is best and it is never necessary to end breastfeeding in order to successfully sleep coach your child. I fully support your preferred feeding style (breastfeeding, formula or a combination of both).
How long will the sleep coaching process take?
Each family has its own sleep issues and specific sleep goals. In general, the more patient, committed and consistent you are, the better. Older children typically take longer than babies and require a bit more patience. On average, the amount of time spent during the active phase of the sleep coaching process is about 2-3 weeks.
Why do I need a sleep consultant?
I will evaluate your situation and your parenting style, and provide you a personalized sleep plan to ensure your success. The sleep training process is never easy, especially the first couple of nights when many parents want to give up. As a certified sleep consultant, I have coached parents in many different scenarios and situations, helping them to reach their goals. A good sleep book may help, but there is so much conflicting information out there, that it can make a parent feel lost, overwhelmed and more confused. Each child’s sleep situation is unique, I will work with you to create a personalized sleep plan for your unique child, family and situation. Your child's plan will be based on your child’s temperament, your parenting style and your goals and desires.