The first thing to know is I work with a holistic and gentle approach. This is at the core of everything I do with sleep consultations!
Prior and during a consultation, I’ll look at your little one’s sleep patterns and amounts, their diet, health, environment and behaviour to holistically access any changes I feel may be necessary to improve their sleep. With a keen interest in supporting mothers in the perinatal period, I’ll also check in with each family how mama is doing as this is a crucial yet sometimes overlooked aspect of having a baby too!
I believe in using gentle strategies to help your child sleep better. I value and respect the wishes of each and every family. I’ll work with you by collaborating using my advice and your choices. The result is creating an effective sleep plan that you feel you can genuinely work with to get sleep results.
Do I really need to pay for a professional to help me?
It can be hard when you’re in a difficult situation (and often a vicious circle) with poor sleep and negative sleep associations such as rocking or feeding, to be able to stand back and look clearly at your situation. The truth is, babies and toddlers, will wake sometimes during the night. It’s normal for us all to wake at night. Their sleeping only becomes an issue when it’s impacting on others in the family.
Sometimes finding the confidence to make sleep changes alone can feel huge. Often there’s a pressure when going back to work after maternity leave is looming as well as feelings of isolation if you have little or no family network close by to support you. If the negative effects of sleep deprivation are affecting you and your family then this is why it can be so useful to have a professional like The Little Sleep Coach step in to guide you. Once we’ve had a consultation, things can seem clearer and you’ll see light at the end of your sleep-deprived tunnel. Promise!
Will my baby cry?
Within any sleep plan I create for a family, there’ll be gentle sleep strategies which are intended to be implemented consistently over the coming days and weeks for positive change to occur. This doesn’t mean I can guarantee no crying at all. Some changes to an infants sleep may make them feel a little confused and upset. They may wonder why they aren’t being offered the same way they first got to sleep. Don’t worry, they can learn these new ways of sleeping better. You need to have patience and trust in the process; feel confident in allowing your little one space and opportunity to learn to settle themselves to sleep, with you supporting them and meeting their needs all the way.
I absolutely believe in meeting the needs of your little one every step of the way and don’t use any kind of ‘crying it out’ methods. This is where they are left to cry themselves to sleep. This may work in the sense that the infant will quickly realise ‘no-one comes to comfort me’. They will eventually fall asleep through exhaustion. Any parent knows how distressing this experience can be and is usually a last resort made out of desperation. If this is something that is a concern for you, we can chat about this during our consultation.
How long will it take until they sleep better?
The results will vary as each child is unique and individual. It is usually within a week to ten days that you can expect to see change. Sometimes sleep shifts can happen within a few nights, other times it can be more than 3 weeks. It depends on what the concerns are, how old your child is, how consistent you are able to be with the new plan and if there are any disruptions such as trips away, teething etc. For all the deluxe consultations, I offer 4 weeks support to ensure things go as smoothly as possible and support you while the changes are being made.
I’m desperate and exhausted. Do you guarantee this will work?
I hear you, mama. You’re soooo tired and really want a promise of how things will change. Sadly, there is no absolute guarantee that a child’s sleep will improve. What I can guarantee is my promise to you.
I promise I will always be honest and work my hardest to give you everything I’ve got to make your sleep situation better! I’ll use my training and experience to study your family situation, to provide advice and suggestions based on the information you give me through our consultation. Check out my success stories to see how happy I’ve made other families!
What are the next steps?
If you’d like to move forward with a consultation or like to know more, schedule in a FREE discovery call. This gives us a chance to get to know each other a little and see how I can best help.