Frequently Asked Questions
What are your qualifications?
I am a Certified Sleep Consultant and a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants. I thoroughly studied infant and early childhood sleep strategies with world-renowned sleep expert, Dana Obleman and I participate in continuing education. I have a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and enjoy keeping abreast on sleep research. Equally as important, I have experience working with families all across Canada in getting their young children to sleep happily and consistently.
What strategy do you use?
This varies depending on the child. A number of factors are considered, including: age, parenting style and developmental milestones. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to teaching children to sleep.
Does your plan include naps?
Yes. I use a whole approach where we tackle daytime and nighttime sleep all at the same time.
Can I still feed my baby at night?
Absolutely! I will include night feedings until you and your doctor are comfortable going all night without feedings. You can certainly have a baby who sleeps well while still feeding them in the night. I will teach you how to do this.
How long does it take?
You will likely notice results within a couple of days, but it typically takes a baby 10-14 days to be consistently sleeping well. Sometimes it can be much sooner. Toddlers often take 2-3 weeks to be sleeping well consistently.
What happens if it doesn’t work?
You will have decisions to make regarding the strategy we choose. During our consultation, I will clearly outline the plan so that you know exactly what to do at all times. As long as you follow the plan and participate in our scheduled phone calls – this strategy will work. If you decide to veer away from the plan, I make no guarantees.
What ages do you work with?
Most of the families I work with have children between 4 months and 3 years of age. I do work with newborns and school-age children as well.
What do you think about “crying-it-out”?
I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone or ignore their cries if that is something you are not comfortable with. The reason this method is so effective is that it lets us develop a plan you feel comfortable with, based on your own child. We promote fostering a secure attachment while still encouraging independent sleep skills. Optimizing your child’s schedule, responding in a way that is helpful and much more comes into play to minimize crying as much as possible. For babies and young toddlers, crying is a way of protesting change. As we will be making changes to your child’s sleep habits, they will likely protest on at least some level.
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