Newborn FAQs

When is a good time to contact you for newborn sleep?

Before baby arrives!

You can learn and know what to do so that you aren't having to soak in information while you are also worn out from being up all night with a newborn. However, if your baby is already here, any time under three months is a good time to learn with a prime time being around 6 weeks of adjusted age or earlier for your baby.

Does this mean I won't have to deal with exhaustion?

No. Not for those first few weeks. Newborns have unorganized sleep. Thus, they wake during the night and take unpredictable naps. However, you will understand your newborn and know how and when to create the components conducive for sleep allowing you to reach better nights of rest sooner rather than later.

Does this mean I can get my newborn sleeping through the night?

That depends what sleeping through the night means to you.

The answer is maybe. However, set yourself up for realistic expectations that this might not be the case.

Does this mean I can get my newborn on a schedule?

Maybe? But to set realistic expectations, no.

At least not right away. With a little bit of your guidance, you can expect a schedule/routine for your little one to fall into place around four months.

Does this mean I have to leave my newborn to cry?

No.

Isn't this the same thing as sleep training?

No.

Will I have to withhold feedings from my baby?

No.

When is a good time to start sleep training?

Once your baby is four months (adjusted age) or older.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss my answers, please, feel free to reach out. My Free 15-minute Phone Call is a great option for this.

Sleep Training FAQs

When is a good time to sleep train?

 Sleep training becomes an option when your child is sixteen weeks adjusted age or older.

Choose a two-week time frame when you will be able to stick to the house to be flexible for your child, won't be having guests over, won't be vacationing, and don't have a busy schedule.

Does this mean I will be glued to the house forever?

No. Once you sleep train, you will know your child's biological schedule and can make plans to get out of the house and live a normal life around naps and bedtime. However, you will want to continue to preserve nap times and bedtime to help your child continue to be a happy sleeper.


Does this mean I can get my child sleeping through the night?

Yes.

However, I highly suggest speaking to your pediatrician to make sure this is the right option for your child's growth and development. If you are breastfeeding and have a long term goal to do so, discuss this with your pediatrician and IBCLC. We can all work together to bring about healthy sleep while also preserving your milk supply.

Does this mean I have to get rid of all night feedings?

No.

You and I will discuss what option would be best for you and your child. We will take into consideration what your pediatrician and any other professionals suggest is best for your child. Most children will naturally wean from night feedings on their own once they are falling asleep independently. However, if your child is older than one year of age, we will want to drop all night feedings and encourage calorie intake during the day.

When can I expect night feedings to naturally disappear?

Once your child is around six to nine months of adjusted age.

Does this mean I can get my child on a schedule?

Yes.

For children sixteen months adjusted age and older, the circadian rhythm starts to mature and biological times become more prevalent.

Does this mean I have to leave my child to cry?

This will depend on which method you choose. During our consultation, we will discuss all of your options. However, no matter which option you choose, crying is likely as this is change for your child. The key to sleep training, no matter which method you choose, is to be consistent so that your child can adjust as quickly as possible by picking up on a new pattern. 

Although crying might occur, it is not long-term. 

Will I have to withhold feedings from my baby?

This will depend on the time of night and what you choose to do. We will also take into consideration suggestions from your pediatrician and other professionals.

Will I get to keep sleeping with my child?

No.

If sleeping with your child is something you want to continue to do, I am not the CSC for you. However, I would be happy to refer you to someone else. 

I am obligated as a Certified Child Sleep Consultant to encourage families to follow the safe sleep guidelines from the AAP. Co-sleeping but in separate sleeping spaces is suggested for children one year and younger with it highly recommended for six months and younger. However, bed-sharing is NOT suggested as this highly increases the chances of SIDS. When working with me, you will be required to sign an agreement that includes a statement that says you will be following the AAP's guidelines for safe sleep.

What are the main reasons that sleep training won't work?

Inconsistency.

Interruption from parents.

Too much interaction.

Underlying medical issues, which is why I always highly suggest you check with your pediatrician prior to starting sleep training.

A busy schedule that doesn't preserve naps and bedtime.

Napping on the go.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss my answers, please, feel free to reach out. My Free 15-minute Phone Call is a great option for this.

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