1. When can I begin sleep training my baby?
I do not recommend any formal sleep training until your baby is 4.5 months (18 weeks) of age. However, this does not mean that we can not begin to lay the foundation for healthy sleep habits before then. 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.
2. Why should I pay for sleep advice?
If you are at my website or a friend referred you to SleepyHead Solutions, you likely are at the end of your rope. Perhaps you’ve read books to help you or asked families and friends for advice, but nothing seems to be working. I know how much information is out there and how overwhelming it can be, especially when you are sleep-deprived. As a certified infant and child sleep consultant I will take the guesswork out by creating for you a customized sleep plan tailored to your specific challenges and child. My calm, non-judgmental approach will immediately put you at ease. I will provide you with ongoing guidance and support throughout the process as I share with you my knowledge about sleep. Together, I will teach your child to be a healthy sleeper.
3. What is your background? Are you certified?
I am certified as an infant and child sleep consultant through the Family Sleep Institute, having completed over 70 hours of specialized training. I continue to attend classes and seminars to increase my sleep knowledge to better serve the families with whom I work. As a mother of 3 children, I have hands-on experience teaching children to become healthy sleepers. Furthermore, I am a licensed Physical Therapist and hold a Masters Degree in Public Health; I have 15+ years of experience in various health settings working with families and empowering them to better their lives.
4. Will my child have to cry it out?
Absolutely not. There are many approaches to sleep training your child, some more gradual and gentler than others. No one approach is better than the other and SleepyHead Solutions does not push any one sleep training method. Instead, I listen to your concerns and challenges and together we decide on the best approach for your family.
5. Is it possible that my child is just not a good sleeper?
Many parents think this is true about their children or tell themselves that their kids just need less sleep than others. Yes, every child is different, but research shows that most of our children are not getting the amount of sleep they require. It may appear that your child requires less sleep than what is recommended, but the opposite is most likely true. With a sleep plan that feels right for your family, along with time, patience, and consistency, every child has the potential to be a good sleeper. Your investment in your child’s sleep habits will pay off for a lifetime!
6. What if I don’t live in your area?
SleepyHead Solutions works with families, regardless of their location, throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. Our consultations can be done by phone, Skype, or FaceTime.