Hiring the right sleep consultant is very important! Please read this section to know a bit more about our approach to sleep coaching and our philosophy.
1. Would you ask me to do the Cry-It-Out Method?
Absolutely not. The families that work with us are those parents who are not able to follow the CIO approach. While the CIO method can be efficient, there is a gentler, more supportive method which relies on step-by-step changes in your child’s nap and nighttime sleep routines where your child learns to sleep better all while feeling supported and loved by mom and dad. While some crying is to be expected, our goal is to have as little crying as possible. We encourage parents to be loving and responsive but to allow the child the room to learn this vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep. The parent responds and stays with their child and offers physical and verbal reassurance without putting the child to sleep. This supports the development of a secure attachment between parent and child.
2. When can I begin sleep training my baby?
We do not recommend any formal sleep training until your baby is 6 months 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.
3. Will my child cry during the sleep coaching process?
Some tears are inevitable during the sleep coaching process. For this reason, we will formulate a sleep plan that you are comfortable with with the goal of minimizing your child’s cry. This is why we encourage parents to make a gradual change that allows you to stay with your child and offer both verbal and physical reassurance during the sleep coaching process. This helps your child to learn how to sleep better in a safe and secure way.
4. Will I have to stop breast feeding?
Breastfeeding is best and it is never necessary to end breastfeeding in order to successfully sleep coach your child. We fully support your preferred feeding style whereas breastfeeding, formula or a combination of both.
5. Why do I need a sleep consultant?
We will evaluate your situation and your parenting style, and provide you a personalized sleep plan to ensure your success. The sleep training process is never easy, especially the first couple of nights when many parents want to give up. As a certified sleep consultant, Maria has coached parents in many different scenarios and situations helping them to reach their goals. She will be your cheerleader, problem solver and counselor who gives you the support you need during the difficult times.
6. I have read so many sleep books already and nothing has really worked so far. What will a sleep consultant advice that I haven’t already tried?
A good sleep book may help, but there is so much conflicting information out there than can make a parent feel lost, overwhelmed and more confused. Having an experienced baby sleep consultant who will be objective, give you clear advice every step of the way, coach and encourage you can help make the sleep coaching process easier and smoother for your child and for you. Besides, your child’s sleep situation is unique and a book cannot account for it. Unlike a book, we will work with you to create a personalized sleep plan for your unique child, family and situation. Your little one’s plan will be based on your child’s temperament, your parenting style and your goals and desires.
7. What kind of sleeping issues do you help with?
We help families address sleep challenges, including:
- Sleeping through the night
- Gradually dropping nighttime feedings
- Early morning rising
- Bedtime battles
- Establishing nap schedules
- Nap transitions (from two to one, from one to none)
- Getting back on schedule after an illness or travel
- Moving from the crib into a big kid’s bed
- Expecting parents preparing for a new baby or sibling
- And much more.
8. How long will the sleep coaching process take?
Each family has its own sleep issue and specific sleep goals. In general, the more patient, committed and consistent you are, the better. Older children typically take longer than babies and require a bit more patience. On average, the amount of time spent during the active phase of the sleep coaching process is about 2-3 weeks.
9. Can you help families outside Vancouver, Canada? Are payments secured?
We absolutely love to work with families all around the globe! Besides having clients from Canada, we have the privilege to have helped parents and their children sleep well in Spain, Argentina, Australia, the United States, England, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil and many other countries. All international calls can be made via Skype or Facetime. Our international payment service is offered through PayPal or Bank Transfer.
10. How do I schedule a sleep consultation with you?
If you are ready to make a positive change in your child’s life, let’s get started. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form located on the contact page. Within 24 hours,we will contact you to set up a free 15 minute initial phone call. During this phone call we will briefly discuss your child’s sleeping issues, we’ll answer all the questions you may have and schedule our consultation.