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It is easy to read a book about sleep but reading something and putting it into practice are two entirely different things. Most books are a one size fits all approach that does not take your child’s individual schedule and temperament into consideration.
I’m not sure if you have ever walked the sleep training aisle at a bookstore or searched sleep training books on Amazon, but there are A LOT of books out there. How do you know which one is best for you without reading a bunch of them? Let me use my countless hours of research to help you pick the method that is best for you. I make it simple, so all you have to do is follow the customized plan to succeed.
I like to think most people find that I am a funny, friendly, and approachable. I understand how hard this process is because I have done it. I think a little humour, understanding, and compassion go a long way with working with exhausted parents. It’s my passion to help families reach their sleeping goals.
I believe all children are strong and capable in all aspects of their lives. They do, however, need some help making a move towards independent sleep. I mainly use The Sleep Sense™ Method as it was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is happy, lively, and eager to learn.
I will never ask you to leave your child to cry for longer than you feel comfortable; however, crying is a part of the process of working toward independent sleep. Children who depend on a prop (like a bottle, swaddle, or soother) to go to sleep believe that they can’t sleep without it. When they are learning to sleep without their beloved prop, it will be met with protest, often in the form of crying. It’s like if a doctor told you to stop sleeping with a pillow. At first, it would be hard to sleep, and you would be angry and frustrated, particularly at your doctor, but you likely would understand it was best for your health. After a few tough nights, you would eventually find a new way to sleep, and the rest is history. The same will be true for your child. The short-term pain for long-term gain is so worth it.
Often, we see significant improvements in the first few days or within the first week. It depends on your child’s temperament. Its also largely based on how consistent you are with following the plan. The more consistent you are, the quicker and easier it will be on everyone.