Will my baby or child cry?
I will never recommend leaving your child alone to cry and I do not endorse any cry-it-out or controlled crying methods. However, crying is a way of communicating and some babies and children will cry as a way of protesting and resisting change. It is therefore misleading to suggest that crying will not happen. I will always recommend that you are with your child when they cry so that they feel supported through any change. I will be there to support you whilst you support your child, and give you confidence in the changes you are making.
Is there a guarantee my child’s sleep will improve?
When deciding to work together you are paying for my expertise and knowledge in baby and child sleep, and for my time to understand your goals and to develop a tailored sleep plan. The success of the plan largely relies on consistency and perseverance. I will be on hand to support you through the changes, giving you the confidence to implement a plan that you are comfortable with. You are there to help your child and I am there to help you.
How long will it take to see improvements?
With a tailored sleep plan and a consistent approach it is likely that you will see improvements to sleep within a week and quite possibly within a few days. The speed at which you will see changes will largely depend on what approach you decide to use and we will discuss this during your consultation.
What are your qualifications?
I have completed and passed the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program which is the most comprehensive, evidence based training in the industry and I now hold a Level 6 (degree level) accreditation from OCN as a Holistic Sleep Coach – the highest level training available in evidence based gentle sleep support. The course looks at sleep holistically therefore in addition to covering sleep in depth it includes topics such as child temperament and behaviour, breast and bottle feeding, reflux and colic, nutrition, allergies and intolerance, anxiety and sensory and special needs.
Prior to training as an infant sleep consultant I was a chartered surveyor for over 12 years, working for a FTSE 100 property company. I understand the pressures that modern day parents are under, the anxiety of returning to work after maternity leave and the importance of getting a good night’s rest for the whole family.
Can I continue to breasfeed while sleep training?
Absolutely! All of the techniques and approaches I suggest are gentle and responsive and are suitable for breast, bottle or combination fed babies and children. I will never recommend night weaning or reducing night feeds unless specifically desired by the parent.
Will sleep coaching result in a fixed routine and prevent me from being flexible and getting out and about with my baby or child?
Not at all. We will work together to establish a routine or structure to your day that you are comfortable with and one that works for you and your child. Some parents love a routine, others dread it. I fit somewhere in between – I like having a pattern to the day as I believe that consistency is associated with more sleep, but I strongly believe that it needs to be responsive to your child’s needs, appropriate for your family set up and flexible. Whatever you choose, I believe that it is so important to practice a responsive, loving style of parenting, which optimises sleep in the long term.
I would suggest being at home for at least one or two naps a day for the first week that we start working on your child’s sleep but beyond that it is important to be out and about during the day for your wellbeing and your child’s development. A good pattern to your day can actually improve flexibility, enabling you to have days out where you can manage naps to fit your day.
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