Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep training is teaching your baby to transition from being awake to asleep without your help. This includes bedtime, naptime and all-night long. I specialize in gentle techniques to make the process as smooth as possible for baby and for you.
You do! I write the Sleep Plan for you, which tells you what to do. I am there for you as a coach and a guide. If you have questions, get stuck or need encouragement, I am here to help. The actual training of your baby is up to you. Sleep training is quite simple once you know what to do. Sometimes we just need someone to guide us along the way. That’s why I’m here.
Sleep training works for 99 percent of parents who are willing to stick to their sleep plan. All of my clients who have followed their sleep plan have seen success.
Done properly, most parents see great improvement within 3 or 4 nights and can get a full nights sleep within a week.
Not according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a recent study, researchers found no negative effects on babies that were sleep trained. These findings measured stress levels, emotional and behavioral problems and secure attachment to parents.
According to the authors of the study, “behavioral interventions appear to improve sleep without detrimental effects on the child or family.”
Sleep plans are ideal for babies age 3 months – 3 years.
For babies younger than 3 months, a Newborn Sleep Plan is very helpful. This will guide you in instilling healthy newborn sleep habits and will usually eliminate the need for any formal sleep training once your baby is ready to night wean.
If your baby has a medical issue of any kind, you must get clearance from your pediatrician before beginning to sleep train. In general, it is always advised to consult with your pediatrician before beginning any sleep training program, regardless of your child’s medical background.
Of course! Nap training follows the same patterns as sleep training. Together we can turn your baby into a champion napper.
Yes, as long as your child’s caregiver is willing to follow the steps you lay out for them. I suggest providing your child’s daycare with a copy of your sleep plan so that everyone is on the same page.
Only as a last resort if all else fails. Who wants to hear their baby cry for hours when there are gentler techniques that almost always work? Changing habits may bring about some levels of frustration in your baby, depending on their age, temperament and current sleep habits. My method is to guide you along the gentlest path possible.
Once you’re ready to sleep train, you can purchase any of the sleep training packages available under the Services tab. Once you purchase the package, you will be directed to a Sleep Assessment Form, which will give me the information I need to start working on your sleep plan.