FAQs

What are your credentials?

I am a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. I was personally trained by Dana Obleman, one of the world’s leading experts in children’s sleep and the creator of The Sleep Sense™ Program.  I completed a three-day intensive training workshop, followed by three months of mentorship.  My methods are aligned with the best practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What happens during a consultation?

Consistency and routine are instrumental in implementing the changes I will ask you to make; so, when booking your consultation, make sure you have at least two weeks or “normal” activity (no vacations, overnight trips, or travel). During the consultation, we will look at your child’s current routine, sleep habits, and more. We will review a questionnaire (that you will fill out) and discuss how to approach naps, bedtime, and night wakings by identifying the current issues you are experiencing. I will teach you about how sleep works and how to respond in a way that supports your child’s needs, but also encourages independent sleep. Together we will discuss all of your questions and concerns to ensure you are confident with the sleep changes we will implement.

Having on-going and real-time support through this journey, from a dedicated sleep professional, will ensure your child reaches success with their customized sleep plan and that you feel supported every step of the way.

Do you use the “Cry It Out” Method?

No. I do not endorse the Cry It Out Method. Cry It Out refers to leaving a child in their room to cry, and ignoring them completely. This method assumes that crying is what teaches your child; and you do not need me for that. My methods; however, are comprehensive and ease your child through the transition while maintaining the parents’ active involvement.

I offer a range of methods to help teach your child the skills to sleep well, all of which are gentle and age-appropriate. I tell you what to expect along the way. We will work together, making any adjustments necessary. The good news is that when done right, crying is minimized and success is achieved.

And remember that once babies learn how to fall asleep on their own – which can happen pretty quickly – the crying goes away!

Can I co-sleep when sleep training?

No. When families are ready to stop co-sleeping because it is not working for everyone (you, your partner baby), then that is where I come in. I help to get baby transitioned to his crib in his room. If putting a baby in their own room is just too hard or not an option due to space, we can definitely work with room-sharing, but not bed sharing.

Can I still breastfeed while I sleep train?

Absolutely! Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, that will not impact your child learning healthy sleep skills. However, how often and when you feed your child may be impacting their ability to fall asleep independently.

I can assure you that sleeping well and a healthy nursing relationship are possible! Every family’s needs are different and we customize your child’s sleep plan to suit the needs of you and your child.

My baby has reflux. Can you still help?

Yes, as long as his symptoms are controlled and managed.

I have worked with my share of babies with reflux and have seen the same kind success as babies without reflux. I can share some tips with tricks that have worked well for other families.

Do you only work with babies?

No, I work with children up to 12 years old. I even encourage children over the age of 3 to be involved in the process to give them a sense of control and promote cooperation.

Can you still work with me if I do not live in the Lafayette area?

Of course! I offer full consultations by phone or virtually through Skype. If you would prefer the consultation to occur in the comfort of your home, this is something I offer as well.

If you truly desire my services in person and live over three hours away, my travel expenses would be significantly more due to air travel and other costs. With that said, I am always happy and eager to help a client in need, no matter where they live.

What if I have more than one child or twins? Can you help me?

Of course! Whether you are a new parent, have five kids already, have multiples or a child with special needs, I can help you teach your child healthy and independent sleep skills.

Do you have a nap package? My baby’s night time sleep is fine.

I do not have a specific nap package because I have found that daytime sleeping problems are usually linked to some underlying nighttime issues and a full consultation can be necessary to determine the root cause and develop a plan for correction. I am always happy to offer a quick free 15-minute assessment of your child’s sleep habits.

Which day of the week is best to start Night 1? What’s the worst day to start?

Thursday night works really well for most families! You can get into the groove of your plan before the weekend starts. Friday night is a close second.

I do not encourage families to start on a Saturday night because Sundays are a family day for me and I do not do calls and email – and I would not want to leave you hanging if you have any questions about Night 1!

Do you guarantee success?

Trust in me, this is really going to work! I cannot guarantee my services because some of the results are out of my hands. Parents play a huge role in the success of the process. Both your commitment and follow through are necessary for success. I will do everything in my power to get you to your goal, but I cannot force you to follow through. Of course, mistakes and misunderstandings happen from time to time, but these are easily corrected along the way as we stay in touch throughout the plan implementation. As long as you follow the customized advice I give you and truly want your child to sleep better, I will help you and your child reach the goals we outline in our initial meeting.

Do you offer payment plans?

No. My policy is to receive payment in full prior to our scheduled consultation. I am happy to invoice you in installments prior to our consultation, but again, complete payment must be received by the time we have our consultation.

Still have more questions?

If you still have questions regarding my services and how this could work for you and your family, send me your questions here.