INFANT & TODDLER SLEEP

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INFANT OR TODDLER

Intended for parents with a child sixteen weeks or older

and either transitioning to a crib/basinet or still in a crib/basinet.

Starting at $367

TODDLER OR PRESCHOOLER

Intended for parents of toddlers or preschoolers who are

transitioning out of the crib or no longer in the crib.

Starting at $417

Because you've made it this far, my guess is that you are a parent who values sleep and said yes to many of the questions above. If that is correct, you came to the right place! I am here to virtually serve you so that your entire family can get some better rest. And in order to do just that, I like to use what I call the Three Phases of the UPS.

 

Phase one is to UNDERSTAND the nature of sleep and the components needed to build a strong sleep foundation for your child's age. This is done through a consultation. We will cover what it means to "CATR" to your child's age, any suggested changes or adjustments to make, and any other specifics for your situation.

Phase two is to create a PLAN. If you want change for your child's sleep, throwing spaghetti at the wall won't cut it. You need to know what actions to take and what adjustments to make. Trust me when I say that improving sleep for your child is much more than just choosing a sleep training method. It involves the sleep environment, an age-appropriate schedule, implementing the sleep training method appropriately, etc.

 

After our consultation, you will receive a customized sleep plan created based on our conversation. It will be tailored specifically to your child's age, your child's temperament, and your parenting preferences. It will include details for the sleep training method you choose along with the other components necessary for healthy sleep.

Phase three is SUPPORT! A major key to the success with sleep training is having an expert in child sleep to help create and implement your sleep plan effectively. When going about this alone, you miss out on a reliable source to go-to for answers, reassurance, and accountability. Not to mention, when tired and in it day in and day out? It is very easy for emotions to take over and difficult to logically figure out a plan. With me, you get evidence and experience based support that comes from a bird's eye view.


During our time together, I will provide you access to Daily Connect where you will log your child's days. I also provide daily support via group text for all involved in your child's daily routines. With both the logging and communication, I help you stay on track, brainstorm trouble shooting where needed, provide reassurance and answer any sleep questions.

At the end of our time together, we will hop on the phone for a quick chat to go over whether or not you need further support based on how far your little one has come with the process, what to expect in the future as your child develops, and any questions you might have moving forward.

Ready to get started?! Choose the service above that best fits your situation.

FAQ & COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

If you have further questions or would like to discuss my answers, please, feel free to reach out. To chat, book a 15-minute phone call by clicking here.

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO SLEEP TRAIN?

Official "sleep training" becomes an option when your child is sixteen weeks adjusted age or older. However, if you hae an infant under this age, check out my FAQs on the newborn page.

Choose a two-week time frame when you will be able to be flexible for your child while improving sleep. This means that you plan to stay at the house to work on naps when needed, won't be distracted by guests or other projects, and won't be vacationing. Basically a time when you 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. That is if you are willing to commit to the process, your child is developmentally ready, and your child has no underlying medical issues.

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 can teach your child to sleep well while still keeping night feedings.  

 

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?

I generally see night feedings naturally drop between six and nine months for children able to independently fall asleep and transition between sleep cycles with some outliers.

 

However, it is important to note that meals and social interactions that occur regularly contribute to the circadian rhythm. Hence, some children wake up more fully between sleep cycles when they expect a social interaction or food than a child who does not experience or expect this repetitively. For some families who have received the green light from their pediatrician and wish to get rid of the night feedings, intentional action steps are sometimes needed in order to drop unnecessary night feedings.

 

DOES THIS MEAN I CAN GET MY CHILD ON A SCHEDULE?

Yes, if your child is older than six months adjusted age.

 

For children sixteen months adjusted age and older, the circadian rhythm starts to mature and biological times become more prevalent. A schedule will start to develop around this time and become more solidified around six months of age.

 

DOES THIS MEAN I HAVE TO LEAVE MY CHILD TO CRY?

 

This will depend on the type of response and involvement you choose. During our consultation, we will discuss all of your options. However, no matter which option you choose, crying to some extent at first is expected 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 the new pattern.  

 

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

 

WILL I GET TO KEEP SLEEPING WITH MY CHILD?

No. However, this does not remove the possibility to room share if this fits into your parenting philosophy and/or current life circumstances.

If sleeping in the same bed as your child is something you want to continue to do, I am not the sleep consultant 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. Please, note that co-sleeping can mean several things. Co-sleeping but in separate sleeping spaces (also known as room-sharing) 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 and preventable deaths. When working with me, you will be required to sign an agreement that includes a statement that says you agree to follow the AAP's guidelines for safe sleep.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN REASONS THAT SLEEP TRAINING DOESN'T WORK?

Inconsistency.

Interruption from parents being too involved with the sleep process.

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

Napping on the go.

Underlying medical issues, which is why I suggest you check with your pediatrician prior to starting sleep training. On my agreement form, you sign a statement confirming this has been done.

 

THE MOST COMMON MYTHS OR MISCONCEPTIONS I HEAR ABOUT SLEEP TRAINING.

Myth 1: Sleep training means no more night feedings.

Myth 2: Sleep training means cry it out.

Myth 3: Sleep training will ruin your parent-child relationship.

Myth 4: Sleep training will damage your child.

Myth 5: Exhaustion is just part of parenting within those first few months and years and you just have to accept it.

Myth 6: Sleep training is selfish.

Myth 7: "My baby is more difficult than others and won't be able to do it."

Myth 8: "My baby doesn't need as much sleep as most babies."

Myth 9: Your baby will start sleeping through the night when they are ready. Just be patient.

Myth 10: Sleep training means choosing a sleep training method.

(Blog posts in the making.)

 

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Your CHILD is worth it, your FAMILY is worth it, and YOU are worth it.

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