If you do a quick online search, you will find hundreds of sleep trainers, sleep consultants and sleep coaches.
In the child sleep consulting community, there are certified sleep consultants and those who are not. We are certified with the most in-depth sleep certification programme available on the market. We have also undertaken further training and continuing education to gain the best tools and keep up to date with the latest sleep research, to provide the greatest possible expertise.
We strongly believe that every child and every family are unique. That’s why we always do a complete preliminary sleep evaluation before working with anyone. The first step is for us to understand how your child’s uniqueness is impacting his sleep and how it all fits within your own family dynamics. That’s why we don’t offer a “one solution fits all” type of approach.
We also believe that changing a child’s sleep habits takes time and effort and that getting support is key to success. For this reason, all our sleep consultation packages include guidance and support for 2 or 3 weeks, holding your hand during the entire process, step by step, until your sleep goals are accomplished. Success is about teamwork!
A night nurse or night nanny is someone who comes to your home and helps take care of your baby at night. Night nurses do not usually have any specific certifications in paediatric sleep solutions. As their main goal is to create as little disruption as possible to your night’s sleep, they often use short term techniques to put your baby to sleep rather than helping babies build strong sleep habits. Night nurses can be a good short-term solution for tired parents.
As sleep consultants, we empower you, the parent, to take control of your baby’s sleep. We coach you on what to do and we remain available to answer your questions and provide support. In a few words, we offer “gentle, effective sleep solutions” to help your child sleep well. We won’t do the work for you; we will teach you how to become confident in dealing with your child’s sleep.
We are not advocates of the ‘crying it out’ method. We strongly believe that children need their parents’ support as they go through the sleep changes that we promote.
However, we do not promise that there will be absolutely no crying as part of the process. That would be dishonest on our part.
Crying is a normal reaction on the part of your child to protest change and manifest tiredness. We make sure to tell parents that our sleep work will be as gentle as possible, but it will involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part as we propose changes to their habits.
We will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, to leave him unsupported, or to ever ignore your child’s cries.
The best time to address your child’s sleep situation is when YOU the parent(s) are ready to embrace the change. If you are confident in the process, your child will sense that and will welcome the sleep changes more easily.
It is ideal to work on your little one’s sleep situation when there will be no planned disruptions to his routines, including travel, houseguests etc. Working together while your child is teething or settling at nursery or in a new school is fine.
As in every big change we face in life (e.g. quitting smoking, going on a diet, starting a new gym programme, etc.) having the right mindset is fundamental to achieving success. It’s the same with our job! You need to be convinced that you want a positive change in your child’s sleep situation and be ready to be fully invested in the change. We will do the rest and hold your hand until the finish line, getting your child (and your family!) sleeping well.
Sleep issues which are common in infancy include: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, frequent night wakings, short naps and irregularity in sleep times. We treat all infant sleep issues.
By contrast, sleep disorders like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and sleep walking require treatment from medical professionals.
If we understand that your child suffers from a sleep disorders rather than a sleep issue, we will refer you to a medical specialist.