Coffee no longer cutting it? You have suffered though countless sleepless nights. You are stumbling about your daily activities in a daze. Forget those deadlines at work! Perhaps you have even dozed off at a red light. On top of that, that precious child of yours seems to be more cranky than ever. Something has to change but how do you do it? You are too tired to think, much less read one of the many, many books dedicated to getting your baby to sleep thought the night. (Don't get me wrong, most of these books are amazing, as I have read quite a bit of them!) At some point you probably had someone tell you, "Welcome to motherhood, where you will never sleep again". WRONG! This is so wrong! Past 4 months of age your child needs a full night of consolidated sleep (unless he or she still needs 1 feeding) to function properly during the day, but perhaps you already know this. The "how" is the part that you are struggling with. So, you turn to Facebook, of course, and out of desperation type one of these questions in your status:
"How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?"
"How do I get my toddler to bed before 10:00 pm? He just won't go to sleep before then!"
"How do I get my 3 year old to sleep in his own bed?"
"How do I keep my child from coming out how his room 15 times per night?"
"How can I help my child while he is experiencing night terrors?"
The questions may be different, but the answers are very much the same. It is true, EVERYONE has an opinion! And they are all different. This can leave you even more confused. When I see these post, I typically cringe and stop reading a couple comments in. I usually don't comment myself because I don't like to offer my advice when it is unsolicited, but lately I have seen so many of these Facebook pleas I felt compelled to write this blog post.
Here is the thing, not all advice you get from your friends is bad. Although some comments I read are pretty questionable, some of it is actually sound advice, but the question is, how do you know what will work for you? What works for one, may not work for another. Every child is unique, therefore there is not one specific way to shape your child's sleep habits. With all of the literature out there, how do you know what path to choose? And then, once you choose one, what happens when things get off course? That is where a sleep coach comes into play. I will spend time with you and assess your situation in great detail. I take into account your parenting style as well as your child's personality and needs. From there I will customize a sleep plan for you and will have daily access to me for two weeks as you implement this plan. This is one of the most important parts and is really what sets a sleep coach apart from a book on getting your child to sleep though the night. When you work with me, I will be available to help you troubleshoot throughout the sleep shaping process. I will help you decide if a particular training method is right for you. I will also be there to support you and motivate you to stick with it if you feel you want to give up.
So for these reasons, you may want to consider working with a sleep coach. I have spend a great deal of time researching and studying the science of sleep, the effects it has on children, and how to modify poor sleep habits in children. In a matter of 2 weeks, I can help you achieve what you may feel is impossible and change your child's sleep habit so that your whole family can become well-rested!
If you would like to know more, contact me! I would love to chat with you.