Will I be leaving my child to cry?
I do not believe in this method of sleep training – whereby babies or children are left to cry until they fall asleep. There is not enough evidence to say whether this impacts these children later down the line. All babies cry so your baby will cry but your baby will not be left to cry like they are with the strict leaving to cry method. Crying is a form of communication for babies and I will teach you about how to respond to your baby. I also specialise in behaviour for older children and whilst crying is sometimes seen, a lot of what older children do is protest and make it known they are not happy. Again, I will guide you through if your older child is having difficulties at bedtime or through the night.
Do I need to be at home all the time for my baby’s naps?
Absolutely not! I believe that it’s important to get you and your baby out and about. It will be important for us to set a good foundation in the initial weeks so it will be best to clear as much from your diary as possible to focus on your challenges and so you can get the best out of our time together.
What if I have a holiday coming up?
Holidays are out of the norm and throw all routines out the window. It would be best to start after your holiday so you can enjoy your holiday without the stress of worrying about contacting me and obsessing over baby’s sleep. Or if you want to start before, continue using the techniques while away, and then picking back up with me after you are back this is also fine.
Do I have to get rid of the dummy to work with you?
Absolutely not. Some parents want to continue to use a dummy and this is totally fine. I have used dummies at home so I am personally not against dummies. They certainly are there for a purpose. When they start to interfere with sleep and it’s something you want to remove to help with better sleep for your little one, that is where I can help. But keeping a dummy as a sleep prop is absolutely fine to continue with.
Will I need to give up breastfeeding?
No. We work together based on your parenting style. Breast or bottle – it’s all the same to me.
What methods do you use?
Successful sleep training is much more than picking a method or technique and going for it. There are numerous factors to take into account – these being health, age, weight, family parenting style, environment, diet, exercise, maternal mental health etc. We need to take all of this into consideration, including your own family goals, before even considering a sleep training technique. All techniques I recommend are tried and tested and they are gentle. As I have said, every child is unique so I have been known to blend methods. We will make tweaks and adjustments as we work through the plan and understand how your little one responds. This fine tuning can only be done when we work together.
Will it work?
I only take on people who I know I can work, which has been everyone so far! If you follow my advice when we work together then I am confident that after two weeks you will be sleeping better and you will have the tools to continue to do so.
If I feel there is something medical that needs to be addressed with your GP then I will suggest you do this first to make sure baby is in the best health.
What ages of children do you work with?
I work with babies and children up to 6 years of age. I support mums with newborn sleep. I work with babies at 6 months and I work with a lot of 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
Have I missed the boat with starting sleep training for my little one?
How long will it take?
This is difficult to answer quickly. If a sleep consultant can commit to getting you perfect sleep within a timeframe then I would be very wary of this. You will see changes within two weeks, BUT this depends how your baby and how you implement things. With us working so closely together we can modify and tweak what you are doing with your little one. Remember, there is no one size fits all… so what might be working for your friend and their baby might not work for you. So remember, I am here to help you get the best from you and your baby. I am here to guide and give you confidence!