Parents often wonder what sleep training is and how their child can benefit from independent sleep. Find the answers to the most common questions parents are asking.
IS YOUR PROGRAM A VERSION OF THE "CRY-IT-OUT" (CIO) METHOD?
Fostering loving bonds between parents and their children is why I do what I do. Sleep is love for your baby. Sleep means loving yourself. Sleep means loving your partner.
Many parents worry that my methods are nothing more than “cry it out” and that they can’t foster a loving bond with their baby if they decide to pursue sleep training. I invite you to explore more about who I am and the gentle methods that I use.
My belief is that as a parent, our brain is not wired to let our babies cry without comfort. I want every family I work with to feel completely comfortable and confident in the methods they will use to help their child sleep.
WILL MY BABY CRY?
Parents should expect that there will be some crying during this process. With any change in routine, there will be protest from your child. After all, babies can’t say things like “hey, I actually preferred it when you were nursing me to sleep. Can we go back to that system?” Instead, they show their protest by crying. Every child has a different personality so the amount of crying differs from child to child.
I will never ask you to leave your child alone to cry. I will give you the tools to gently comfort your child while helping them learn self soothing and independent sleeping skills.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I had the privilege of being selected to participate in a world renowned training program with Sleep Sense founder Dana Obleman. My training consisted of a 3-day in person, intensive training course and a 3 month mentorship.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado State University and have had a long career working with individuals and families in times of crisis and need. My passion is helping families and children.
I am a member of the Association for Professional Sleep Consultants. As an international sleep organization, their mission it to promote the highest standard of practice for the professional sleep consulting industry. You will find me featured on their website for Colorado.
I am a member of the Northern Colorado Doula Association and actively participate in educational opportunities about various birth and baby topics. I have gained so much knowledge and wisdom from my fellow baby professionals.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge and learning more and more about sleep through continued education.
CAN I STILL BREASTFEED WHILE SLEEP TRAINING?
YES! I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding and wholeheartedly believe in both the health benefits and bonding for mom and baby. Sleep training can actually enhance a breastfeeding relationship because mom and baby are rested and baby can eat full meals.
I believe that FED IS BEST – no matter how you choose to feed your child, I’m here to teach you how to reach your family’s sleep goals.
CAN I CO-SLEEP WHILE SLEEP TRAINING MY CHILD?
The short answer is no, co-sleeping is not compatible with my program. In order to work together, your child must sleep in either their own crib/bassinet or own bed. I am happy to work with parents who are room sharing with a child.
MY BABY HAS MEDICAL ISSUES, CAN I STILL USE YOUR SERVICES?
Children with medical issues can still benefit from sleep training however If I feel that the health problem is substantial or may hinder progress, I will ask parents to get feedback from their physician while working together. Please speak to your physician before starting our program if you have any concerns. My sleep plans and advice are not a substitute for medical advice and I am not be able to advise parents on any health related issues.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIVE IN NORTHERN COLORADO?
No problem! Thanks to technology, I offer Fort Collins sleep solutions, but I am able to help parents from all over the world! All of my sleep packages can include phone or video consultations.
I HAVE TWINS/TRIPLETS. WILL YOUR PROGRAM WORK FOR ME?
Yes! I am absolutely able to work with families with multiples. There will be more effort and work from parents however this is expected with multiples.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT POLICY?
Once a client has decided to partner with Sleep Solutions for Children, an invoice will be emailed to the client, reflecting the agreed upon services and fees. Of these fees, $75 is a non-refundable retainer, to get the process started. A date and time will be determined for the sleep consultation and consultation fees must be paid before this date.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS
I will gladly work with families who wish to use their FSA or HSA funds for my sleep services. I will provide you with a detailed receipt and other supporting documentation, if needed.
Please note that I can not guarantee my services will be eligible for reimbursement.
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