I'M NOT LOCATED IN THE PHILADELPHIA OR SURROUNDING AREA. CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?Yes! The benefits of technology allow me to work with clients nationwide. Although I would love to meet you in person, we can communicate via phone, Skype/Facetime, and e-mail.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SLEEP CONSULTATION?
During our private consultation, we will review your current sleep situation and lifestyle. We will begin by discussing the importance of healthy sleep and reviewing the questionnaire you will complete prior to our time together. After getting a better sense of your parenting style, your child's personality, and your family's needs, I will lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan. I will also use the knowledge you have of your child to customize his or her sleep plan as you will have the best sense of what approach is best for your little one. I will guide you as you teach your child healthy sleep habits, and you will learn how to respond in a way that supports your child's needs but also encourages independence. I promise that after our time together, you will feel empowered to respond to any setback.
Our work together is not done after that initial meeting. My packages are unique in that you will have extensive follow-up support for the first 2-3 weeks (with options for longer) as you implement your sleep plan. We will have scheduled phone check-ins to answer any questions that arise or to make any tweaks if things just aren't feeling right. You will also have unlimited access to my personal e-mail while you are implementing the sleep plan. I want to make sure you feel comfortable throughout the entire process.
Will you ask me to let my baby “cry-it-out” (CIO)?
No way! My definition of the CIO method is when you put your child down awake, shut the door and don’t come back until morning. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using that technique with my own child and wouldn’t expect you to either. I subscribe to, The Sleep Sense Program™ Philosophy, which is a gentle approach where parents support their child while they are learning independent sleep skills.
That said; there will likely be some crying involved. How much? It depends on the child. I wish that they wouldn’t cry, but children typically don’t enjoy learning to fall asleep on their own. They cry to let you know that they want to go back to their old method sleeping. Think of it as “protesting” crying.
The good news is that I will teach you methods to minimize crying and give you tips on how to cope with the anxiety it may cause. Also, it won’t last! At the end of the journey you and your child will be rewarded with a great nights’ sleep.
Am I able to breastfeed and sleep train?
Heck yeah! Breastfeeding and healthy sleep habits can co-exist. Let me teach you how!