Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some answers to the questions we get asked the most. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us. Thank you.
My philosophy is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to babies and sleep. There are many ways to get babies to sleep, and I work with each family to develop a customized, sustainable plan to do just that. I tailor each sleep plan to best fit the needs of my clients; while keeping in mind their parenting style, lifestyle, and baby’s temperament. While we cannot “sleep train” a newborn, we can certainly help your newborn and younger infants develop healthy sleep habits early on with a process called “sleep shaping,” which can help them learn positive sleep associations from the start, have less (if any!) habits to break later on, and can help you avoid “sleep training” altogether.
I do not support this method, and I do not believe in leaving babies to cry for hours until they fall asleep. While I always try to minimize tears during the sleep training process, tears are sometimes inevitable depending on baby’s age, temperament, and sleep situation. Sometimes when changing the expectations and routines around sleep, babies will protest, fuss, or cry, which can be their way of communicating and expressing their frustration with the change that’s being implemented. I work with each family to manage these moments during the process which can be difficult – offering various tips and tricks, suggestions, adjustments, and support for dealing with and minimizing tears.
I always encourage parents to start when you’re ready. If things are working for you – no need to change anything! If the way things are going with your baby’s routines and sleep are not sustainable for your family, I’d love to help you find a way that is. My services include consulting from pregnancy through postpartum and beyond. The sooner you can help your baby learn healthy sleep habits, the less habits there are to break later. I encourage healthy “sleep shaping” from the beginning, always within the developmental capacity of the baby, to help establish a routine for baby so that they know what to expect around sleep, and begin to develop positive sleep associations from the start.