I will work with your family to develop an individualized sleep plan that incorporates your parenting philosophy, your child’s age, health and temperament, and your family’s routines and dynamics. I am committed to helping you develop a sleep plan you will feel confident implementing and to supporting you throughout the process.
I believe children possess an extraordinary ability to self-soothe. However, in the early months of infancy, most babies are not equipped to consistently and effectively soothe themselves to sleep. We need to help them, whether that means feeding, rocking, patting, or holding them to sleep. Infancy is a magical time. It is time when you cannot spoil your baby enough; you are not creating any “bad habits.”
As your baby matures, they become better equipped to learn how to put themselves to sleep and sleep independently, whether that be in the family bed or in his or her own room. In teaching your child to self-soothe, you are not only teaching them to become a better sleeper, you are also providing the foundation for self-regulation, an essential part of healthy, emotional development.
A note about co-sleeping, night-nursing and “crying-it-out.”
I respect and support your family’s parenting philosophy. I will never ask you to end co-sleeping or night wean. I am committed to working with your family in a way you feel most comfortable. Much of the success in sleep coaching is attributed to a parent’s ability to follow through consistently with the sleep plan. In order to have the greatest chance of success, I will help develop a sleep plan for your family you will feel good about and one in which you can most consistently implement.
I will never ask you to leave your child alone to cry-it-out. Learning how to sleep better is a big challenge for most young children and can be very frustrating. If your child only knows how to fall asleep by being rocked, patted, or fed and suddenly you change your approach, they will cry. They are confused and frustrated. My goal is to have as little crying as possible. I encourage parents to be loving and responsive but to allow the child room to learn this vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep.