We know you may have some questions about sleep training. Here are some Baby and Toddler Sleep FAQs that may help:
When can I begin sleep training my baby?
It is not recommended that any formal sleep training begins in babies younger than four months old. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until they are four months to establish good sleep habits. Parents who take the time to inform themselves about what to expect and work to establish good sleep habits from the beginning may find they have to do little to no sleep training at all.
Why should I hire a sleep consultant? Shouldn’t I just read the books for myself?
It’s great if you have time to read all of the sleep books as I have. Believe me, there is a lot of information out there. But, when you are experiencing sleep deprivation or if you feel you are at your wits’ end, reading books and trying to figure out what plan to put in place can take a lot of time and just add to that exhaustion. I was certified as an infant and child sleep consultant so that you would feel assured that I can help you fix your specific sleep problems and also lead you in the right direction if you need more information.
The number one thing I hear from parents is, “I just want a plan that will work for my family and help me be confident.” I will provide that plan for your family!
What can I expect from working with you?
If you have looked at our services page and know which consultation fits your needs, you can purchase that package. I will send you an intake form to complete before we begin our consultation. The intake form will ask you some basic questions about your family situation and your children, and then it will go into more detailed questions about the problems your child is having and what your goals are for your child’s sleep. We will schedule a time for our consultation. You will receive a written plan (phone and in-home visits only) and we will set a time for you to begin implementing your plan. Over the next two weeks, I will check in with you and give you further support as lined out in your package description. Hopefully we will have everyone sleeping better in no time!
If you are not sure which package would be best for your family, please contact us and we can set up a complimentary get acquainted call.
Do you have business hours? Can’t you just come spend the night at my house?
I do my best to answer requests for service on the same day provided that they are received by 4pm CST M-F.
While coming to your house and implementing your sleep plan may seem like an easy fix, it isn’t going to give you a long term solution. I want you to feel successful in helping to teach your child to sleep better. I will be available to cheer you on and answer all of your questions during the day, though!
Will my child have to cry it out?
I wish I could banish the term “cry it out”. Unfortunately our society coins phrases out of convenience, but they are not always accurate. I will never ask you to use a method that makes you feel uncomfortable. There are a variety of methods we can try and we can discuss those as they relate to your situation. I cannot guarantee that there will never be any crying. A child may cry when you pull their hand away from a hot stove or pot, but that doesn’t mean you would let them touch it because they were crying. You do it to keep them safe. When a child realizes this, they stop crying. The same can be said for your child’s sleep. Your child may protest because a change has occurred that they are not used to, but protesting stops quickly once they are well rested and happy from sleeping so much better.
I have heard that allowing children to cry causes brain damage. Is this true?
If you go on the internet and read enough, you are bound to find information to back up any claim. It is important that you recognize the sources of your information and the conditions of the studies that were conducted. Most of the studies done on children where this claim is made were conducted on children living in Eastern European orphanages and had been severely neglected.
Your child has been growing up in a loving home and you are concerned about her sleep habits. In fact, improving sleep habits in your child has been proven to have benefits not only for the child, but for the parents as well! The effects of sleep deprivation can be much more detrimental to a parent and child.
How quickly should I expect to see results?
This depends on the age of your child and the issues they are having. If your child is young (under a year old) and you are consistent about the changes that need to be made, you may see results in as early as a few days to a week. If your child is much older and you have been having sleep issues for quite some time, it may take up to two to three weeks to see a change. Consistency is very important when implementing sleep changes. That is why I will follow up with you and help guide you so that we can see positive results as quickly as possible.
How much sleep does my child need? Is it possible that he just isn’t a good sleeper?
A child’s sleep needs vary with age. Please download my free child sleep expectations by age resource for more information. I often meet people who tell me, “My child is just a bad sleeper” but I have yet to find that to be true once we begin working together.