Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! There are many well-designed scientific studies that show that independent sleep (vs. co-sleeping) and crying during the sleep teaching process are not harmful in the short- or long-term. Studies repeatedly show that sleep teaching actually decreases both infant and maternal stress, and makes no difference in behavioral or emotional outcomes in children, even when they reach school age. Good quality sleep, however, does affect these outcomes! I’m happy to provide these resources to parents, if desired!
When we’re teaching your child to sleep independently, there will likely be some protesting, which is often expressed by crying. This will happen no matter which method we use. Although it’s very difficult to hear your child cry (I totally feel you!), we have to remember that this crying often decreases substantially over the first few nights of teaching. It’s your child’s way of saying, “I’m not used to this...yet!”
Customized Sleep Teaching Plans with two weeks of daily support, as well as “Ask Me Anything” Sessions are offered to parents of children ages 4 months to 6 years. Newborn Sleep Teaching Sessions are perfect for expectant or newborn parents (up to age 4 months) hoping to set up good sleep habits right from the start!
No! When working with families of twins, one sleep plan is created that includes how to teach both babies.
Most families see drastic results within only the first few nights of consistent teaching. Of course, progress depends on how consistent we are with the plan. By the end of the two-week support period, consistent families have reached the majority (if not all) of the sleep goals they had set for their child.
Yes! Learning to sleep well, and independently, is a skill that all children can master! Like all other developmental milestones, some children are able to master this sooner, with seemingly less effort, than others. For children who have been struggling for a long time, learning to sleep well may take a bit longer to achieve, but success is definitely possible! Let me help you get there!
Absolutely! I have a special interest in helping families with extra special kids!
Unfortunately, no. Medical insurances don’t recognize sleep consulting as a billable service, so payments can only be made privately.
I will absolutely strive to give you the best possible results, however, your child’s success is highly dependent on your ability to stay consistent with the plan and/or recommendations I’ve provided. This is the main reason I offer customized solutions for your family - I want you to be totally comfortable in teaching your child to sleep. Due to your success being ultimately dependent on the execution of your plan, I do not offer any guarantee of results.
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