How do I know if sleep training is right for us?
One of the top questions I receive is, "How do I know my child is ready for sleep training? How do I know your program is right for us?
In response, I always ask the following:
-Does your child need to be fed/held/rocked to sleep?
-Does your child end up sneaking into your bed during the night?
-Does your child wake frequently throughout the night, often needing intervention from you?
-Does your child take short or infrequent naps (sometimes skipping them altogether)?
-Are YOU suffering from sleep deprivation which is taking its toll on your family?
If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, then this program is right for your family.
Is this program a form of CIO?
What is your definition of CIO? If you see it as putting your baby in their crib/bed and shutting the door, leaving them to cry until the morning, NO my method is not a form of CIO. I would never be able to leave either of my children alone to cry and I would never ask you to do that (although I know many who have had success with this method). If I had a magic want that would allow you to teach your child how to sleep independently with zero tears, I would be retired on the beach somewhere. We are all protective of our sleep environment and we all like the same things every night. Making a change to anyone's current sleep habits will be met with some protest. the same will be true for your child. However, I will never ask you to leave your child alone to cry if that is not something you feel comfortable with. I will use a gradual withdrawal approach that allows for parent support so everyone feels confident in the process.
If I book your services, what can I expect to get?
After your initial FREE 15-minute discovery call and choosing the package that best fits your needs, I send a lengthy preliminary evaluation that reviews your daily schedule, sleep needs, parting style, child's behavior and development, and any questions that you may have. I then use your evaluation to create a detailed, customized sleep plan for each family that I work with. It will be a 10-day plan that lists the steps the parents will need to follow to help teach their child healthy and independent sleeping habits. Depending on the package chosen, I will be available for one-on-one support as they need it during this transition time.
Can I co-sleep while sleep training?
No. I will be available when you are your family decide that you're ready to transition your child into a crib/bed in their own room. It can be extremely difficult to teach your child healthy independent sleeping habits if you or your partner are right next to them. If you do not have the option of having your child in their own room, I can definitely help you if you want to room share.
What is your success rate?
I have worked with so many children from ages 4 months to 10 years and everyone has been successful! I have heard it all, "I've tried it all, my child just doesn't like sleep" or "It's too late for us!" No, it's never too late to teach healthy and independent sleeping habits. I work with you until your sleep goals are met.
What if I need help throughout the night?
Although I am fully confident in the fact that my sleep plans are detailed enough for you to carry out the sleep training on your own, I do offer half and full night sleep support! Depending on which support plan you choose, I can come to your home before bedtime and help you through the first night (or more) of the sleep training process to help guide you with a hands-on approach. For half nights, I come before bedtime and will stay until midnight. If you want me to stay the entire night, I will stay until 6:00 AM. I would be on-hand to tend to your child during that time or just be available for you to ask questions while it is happening. These services are only available for families who live within 45 minutes of my home.
My child has acid reflux. Can I still sleep train?
I will only work with a child whose symptoms are managed and under control. If you are your child's pediatrician are still working on dosing/medication/remedies, I recommend waiting. This is because the pain from the reflux could (and most likely is) be causing the night wakings and it can be painful. I would never want to intentionally cause any child harm through my sleep training process and would need your child's pediatricians "all-clear!"
Can I continue breastfeeding while sleep training?
Absolutely! I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding and want to encourage you to continue to nurse as long as you'd like. I nursed my son until 9 months and my daughter until 15 months. What I will suggest during the sleep training process is cutting down how many times you nurse and really making sure your child is waking from hunger and not out of habit.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes! I ask that half of your payment be paid before our consultation and the rest paid as soon as possible.
I don't live in the Buffalo area. Can you still work with me?
Yes! I have worked with clients all over the United States and even Canada! I work completely through Facetime/Skype/Zoom, phone calls, and email. The only thing you lose out on if you're out of the area is my half and full night support options.
**If you have a question that was not answered above, please feel free to reach out to me or ask it during our initial call!