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My hope is that you can connect and love on your child during the bedtime routine, say goodnight and lay them down. When you leave the room your baby falls asleep within 10 min and they sleep well all night long. Sound amazing?!
"My goal is for you to meet your goals! I'm here to support you through this whole process, hold you accountable, hear your questions and concerns, and give you tools and strategies to meet your sleep goals for your child."
It’s hard to hear your child cry and no parent likes listening to it. This is a big change for your baby and they probably aren't going to like it at first. The crying is their way of protesting this change and trying to figure out what to do. Just remember that this is not the new norm. It's only temporary until they learn the skills they need to fall asleep independently. We’ll work through sleep training methods where crying will probably happen, but with a specific plan on how to respond.
To have success, you need a plan. Inconsistencies every night isn’t fair to your child, so when we work together, we’ll create a plan of action so you can respond to your child consistently. After the first 3 days, you should see some improvement and not as much crying. After sleep training, crying should not be the norm.
"I had a new confidence as a mom and felt so much more prepared for all the growth and changes I knew we would experience in the next year."
You will gain confidence and knowledge in all areas of your baby's sleep.
If your baby is 4-5 months…
4-5 Month Sleep Plan
Your baby can now learn how to sleep independently! At 4-5 months, they are ready to drop the binky and the swaddle and sleep a full night of 11-12 hrs with 1 night feed. You’ll learn all about your baby’s changing wake windows to create a daily nap routine that will total 3.5-4 hrs daytime sleep (not ready for a nap schedule till 6 mo+).
If your baby is 6-16 months…
6-16 Month Sleep Plan
Your baby is ready for independent sleep! At 6-16 months, they are ready to drop the binky, rocking to sleep and co-sleeping and have a full night of 11-12 hrs with no night feed. You’ll learn all about your baby’s changing wake windows to create a daily nap schedule. Depending on your baby’s age, you’ll be guided to work towards a 2 or 1 nap schedule.
CAN I SLEEP TRAIN IF MY CHILD IS BREASTFED?
YES you can! We want to teach baby that food is for nourishment and not for sleep. Most likely, within 48 hrs, baby will be eating more efficiently during the day . When we teach the child that they eat for nourishment and not as a way to fall asleep, they start to be better eaters during the day and sleep better at night. (This was 100% the case with my 3rd son).
*Baby sleep training materials purchased are not a substitute for professional lactation guidance by a lactation educator or consultant.
WHAT IS ADJUSTED AGE?
You’ll need to use their adjusted age, so use their due date age to determine which program is right for you. If they are 7 months old, but were 2 months early, the adjusted age is 5 months.
I HAVE TWINS/MULTIPLES, WILL THIS STILL WORK?
I can work with you to develop a confident routine so that life with your multiples is less complicated. Sleep training twins isn’t that different than training a single baby, and I’ll guide you through what we need to do.
WILL THIS WORK IF MY CHILD GOES TO DAYCARE?
Yes. Most of the time daycare naps are short, but we can ask them to do the nap-time routine and honor the optimal schedule for your child. It's important that you communicate with your daycare or childcare provider of the changes we may need to make to your child's schedule. Since naps are short during the week, your child may sleep more on the weekends just to catch up on the lost sleep.
WILL MY BABY CRY?
It’s hard to hear your child cry and no parent likes listening to it. This is a big change for your baby and they probably aren't going to like it at first. The crying is her way of protesting this change and trying to figure out what to do. Just remember that this is not the new norm. It's only temporary until she learns the skills she needs to fall asleep independently. We’ll work through sleep training methods where crying will happen, but with a specific plan on how to respond.
To have success, you need a plan. Inconsistencies every night isn’t fair to your child, so when we work together, we’ll create a plan of action so you can respond consistently. After the first 3 days, you should see some improvement and not endless crying. After sleep training, crying should not be the norm.
My sleep teaching journey began when my first son was 4 months old and not sleeping through the night. He slept beside our bed in a little cot. It was an all night yoyo sleeping with my hand danging over the bed to replace the binky. I’d hear him start to wake up and then I was afraid he would wake my husband, so I’d give him the binky hoping to tide him over a little longer before I'd get up to feed him.
Maybe you've felt this way too? We were tired and didn’t know how to get him sleeping better. So, I did what I always do when I want to learn something and that is research…which led me to sleep training, which led me to working with a consultant online. Working with her gave me the knowledge and the confidence I needed to make the little changes we needed to get him sleeping better.
What I soon realized is that he was ready and I was the one hanging on to the way it used to work when he was a newborn. The trouble we were having at night was his way of saying “I’m not a newborn anymore. I’m ready for bigger things.”
He learned the new skills he needed to sleep in his own bed in his own room so much quicker than I thought he would.
No matter what your occupation or walk in life is, sleep is the foundation to our health and well being. We all understand how “off” we feel when we don’t get the sleep we need. Sleep deprivation affects our attitude, our productivity, our relationships, our parenting and so much more. As parents, we shouldn't settle for being tired all the time! Your child is capable and ready to sleep when you are ready to teach them.
If you’re like me, then having a baby changed everything! You realized there is so much you don’t know and you’re growing as much as a new parent as your child is changing and developing. We are constantly bombarded with other’s ideas of how we should or shouldn’t parent, but it’s important to look at your situation and ask “is this working for me and my child in this season?” and “Is what I am doing a sustainable solution?”
For me, sleeping with my arm going numb hanging over the side of the bed to replace a binky all through the night was not. What I've come to realize with each of my boys is what worked as a newborn phased out with as they grew and developed. The time came with each of them to slowly let go a little and give them the time and space they needed to learn their own sleep skills.
If you're ready to help your baby learn to sleep long and well, you need someone to give you an effective plan and guide you through every step of the way. On those hard and emotional nights, it’s easy to second guess yourself or feel guilty for making changes, but working with a coach gives you all the support and guidance you crave so that you don’t give up on yourself or your child!
You can read endless books and blogs on sleep or search for tips and tricks online and never really make any progress, or you can choose to make a lasting difference for your family by working with me to lead you on the journey to better sleep.
As a certified pediatric sleep consultant and mama to 3 wild little boys, I get it. I've spent time researching, learning the strategies and cutting through the noise online so you don't have to.