Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the questions I get asked the most.
There WILL be crying with this program. However, it is my goal to make this process as gentle and respectful to your child as possible. I will never ask you to disregard or abandon your child to cry. This is not a “cry it out” plan and your intervention and presence is a crucial part of the process. Think of it this way, if your child cried in the car seat you would be entitled to keep your child secured because that is what is best for their well-being. Well, your child also has deep and important needs for healthy sleep. If we are doing everything within our power to reassure your child, set them up for success with the correct awake-windows, providing a safe and comfortable sleep environment, offering emotional support, appropriate eating schedule, etc…then you can feel confident when your child is put to bed that their true needs (physical and emotional needs) have been met and their cries are there to communicate their protest to change more than a cry of discomfort. Babies may often have a sleep "learning curve" that will settle over time with consistency from their caregiver. I have a mother’s heart and have been known to rush into a nursery to snuggle my babies too. It’s okay! I want you to follow those instincts. I also want you to understand the reason behind the techniques I use to help children sleep well and confidently, while I help you minimize the stress as much as possible. These babies will know that they are loved. Just imagine those well-rested eyes staring back up at you in time.
My sleep support works for multiples too. I will work with you to adjust advice to each of your unique children. I know parents of multiples often get charged extra for everything, so as a service to you wonderful, exhausted people…my sleep packages cost nothing extra for multiples.
I never offer a guarantee that your child's sleep will improve drastically and quickly. A results-driven approach puts great pressure on babies to achieve within a certain time frame. This is not fair, as each child learns and develops at a different pace. What I do promise is that you will learn a great deal about your child's sleep needs, and you will also have a toolkit of techniques and strategies to continue making progress confidently, following your child's own timing.
Yes, my plans work for your child no matter how your family chooses to feed.
My services are not medical advice. The advice you receive from me is for informational purposes only and is intended for use with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions. My advice is NOT intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor, or other qualified health practitioner regarding any matters that may require medical attention or diagnosis, and before following the advice and using the techniques described in my programs. If our work together begins and a "red-flag" discovery is made that requires a referral, we may put our support plan on hold while you or your child receives the proper care first.
First, schedule a free 15-minute consultation HERE so we can establish a line of communication regarding your child’s sleep needs. Then, look at your calendar and find a time when you have at least 2-3 weeks of “normal” activity (no travel, appointments, schedule changes, etc..) you will want to schedule your primary consultation at the beginning of this window of “normal” time. You will be sent a link to schedule your primary appointment and will also be asked to complete a THOROUGH intake questionnaire so I can learn more about your child’s challenges and formulate support suggestions ahead of our consultation. Please submit payment for services 24 hours after booking your primary consultation to hold your spot. As you await your appointment, inform all the necessary parties – your spouse, nanny, and anyone else who regularly helps with your little one that you may be making changes to your child's daily and nightly rhythm. Soon, you and your baby or child will be getting a better night’s sleep!
Yes, I am happy to support bed-sharing families who adhere to safe-sleep guidelines. I am obligated not to ever recommend bed-sharing, due to the current AAP guidelines. HOWEVER, if families feel informed and confident about this choice, then I see it as a relational decision that I am both compelled and honored to support. Apart from these considerations, my guidance will adhere to the AAP recommendation that your child be on a safe sleeping surface of their own. I do also support families who want to co-sleep with their child nearby on a separate sleeping surface, within sensory proximity of one another. For parents who are looking to have more quality time with their sleeping baby, we can discuss options in your support plan that include additional moments of closeness, contact, and comfort with the use of a sling or carrier for daytime naps when the parent is alert.
When it is developmentally appropriate, we can discuss parent-led night weaning strategies if you desire. I will not offer parent-led night weaning strategies prior to 6 months of age, or for babies weighing less than 16 pounds. If you, the child’s doctor, or a lactation specialist is recommending frequent night feedings, I will support you and your child through this decision. If you would like to keep feedings as part of your sleep routines, then you have my full support.
Yes, I offer a 25% discount to families who need multiple consultations. I recommend staggering consultations so you can focus and resolve one child’s sleep challenges before moving onto your next child. This discount will also be honored should you choose to return as a customer later.
Although there are some inherent challenges with room-sharing there are ways to navigate room-sharing successfully. I love working with families in-person for this reason. Textbooks don’t always have the answers for each unique living arrangement, but I can help you troubleshoot your child’s sleep environment so we can create a successful plan moving forward in your specific space.
If you are using my newborn program, I recommend offering a pacifier on certain occasions to help your child calm before falling sleep. It is my goal that pacifiers are used as a tool to help your newborn settle, but not as the only means to help them to fall asleep. As your child ages into my baby and young child program, we may consider eliminating the pacifier from the sleep routine, or keeping the pacifier while introducing a variety of alternative soothing strategies. This topic will be discussed as we co-create the sleep plan.
Yes, I work with clients locally and remotely. Remote consultations are held via ZOOM and environmental assessments are conducted during this call, or using bedroom pictures that are provided by the client.