Your child can sleep all night
And so can you!
I feel all families deserve a good night’s sleep!
To achieve this, I use the gentlest way I can to get your child sleeping independently using The Sleep Sense™ Program.
The Sleep Sense™ Program
The Sleep Sense™ Program was created by sleep expert Dana Obleman. She has been working with parents since 2003, and has helped over 60,000 people with strategies for overcoming sleep difficulties in infants. Her program stresses the importance of letting children learn independent sleep skills to enable deep and restful sleep – which in turn leads to healthy, happy, and well children.
We all have a “journey” to sleep every night with a routine and cues to encourage sleep – it has become automatic to us, but babies and children need to learn this skill. The bespoke plan I create for you and your child will teach your children this process for themselves. That way, when they rouse in the night, they have the skills to get back to sleep quickly before fully waking. They then carry these skills forward and perpetuate great sleep into adulthood: what a fantastic gift – for them and you and your partner!
The advice out there is vast, and ranges from extremes of “cry it out” to “attachment parenting.” All the conflicting advice is overwhelming for parents. Some of these ideas may work for some babies but a “one size fits all” advice doesn’t apply to children.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is simple, but tailored to your child and parenting styles so you feel comfortable with the plan, and you can commit to implementing it consistently. The key to success is then sticking to the plan, as keeping changing the focus is confusing, and unfair to babies.
Will my baby cry?
Babies cry at lots of things, it’s the best strategy they have to get what they want. It doesn’t matter how old they are – it will always tug at your heartstrings.
My definition of “cry it out” method is putting your child down awake, shutting the door and leaving them until morning. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using that technique with my own child and certainly wouldn’t expect you to either.
As I said before, I will never ask you to leave your child alone to cry if that is not something that feels right to you, or ask you to ignore your baby’s cries.
The crying is a protest (and the more “spirited” your baby, the more possible crying is). They are just stating their objection to a change, to a new sleep routine, and not having their usual “props” to fall asleep. We are all protective of our sleeping environment. Making a change to anyone’s current sleep setting will be met with some protest, the same is true for your child. Once they gain the skills to bring on sleep independently, it will resolve.
The methods I use minimise crying as you’re there to support your child. When you put it in perspective, without learning the skill of independent sleep, many areas of a child’s life maybe detrimentally affected by continued poor quality sleep. A few days of protest, that won’t last, is worth the effort, for you and your child to be rewarded with years of healthy, rejuvenating and consolidated sleep.