Gentle sleep solutions to difficult sleep problems
The gentle and effective methods I teach to families have been used successfully all over the world with thousands of families to solve a whole range of sleep problems.
I tailor make each sleep plan to suit each individual child to quickly and effectively solve their sleep problems. Parents soon find that healthy sleep for their child (and them) leads to all sorts of other benefits too. Healthy sleep patterns make for healthy, happy children – and healthy, happy families! Children who sleep well are more energetic, playful, happy and eager to explore and learn.
I know that families put a great deal of trust in my expertise and in the methods that I teach. That’s why I always fully answer all questions that parents ask, I monitor progress daily and ensure that families stay on the right track to solve the sleep problems as quickly and effectively as possible. My motto is ‘Do it Once and Do it Right’!
There is a bewildering array of (often contradictory) information about children’s sleep problems and sleep solutions. In particular about parenting ‘style’, “crying it out’ or ‘controlled crying’. I believe that your views on this are far more important for your child than mine, and it is your choices that need to be incorporated into the sleep plan.
The most crucial aspect is that you need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for you to stick to it and for the sleep plan to solve your child’s sleep problems.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is straightforward
- I explain the relevant facts about sleep processes. This enables you to understand why your child has their particular sleep problems and gives you the motivation needed to make the necessary adjustments.
- I lay out an easy to follow Sleep Plan that lets you make important choices about what is the best approach for your child. I am a sleep expert – you are the expert on your child, so I give you the sleep facts and explain the different options available, enabling you to make informed choices which are included in the Sleep Plan, so you can solve your child’s sleep problems quickly and effectively.
- I’ll show you how to measure progress. It is very rare for a child to sleep 12 hours straight through on the first night, but it does sometimes happen! I’ll tell you what you can realistically expect and celebrate each success. This will stop you second guessing yourself which is a very common cause of failure when parents try to sleep train without specialist guidance and support.
- I’ll be there to ‘hold your hand’ and support you through this time of change. Providing expert advice to adjust the plan to best suit your child’s evolving sleep needs.
The Million Dollar question – Will my child cry?
Parents often ask me if my methods involve ‘Cry it out’ so I thought I’d address it here.
I am absolutely not an advocate of crying it out. This method can work if carried out correctly, but I think it is too rough on all involved, so I never encourage this method. Indeed, I wouldn’t be able to get my professional insurance if I did advocate ‘cry it out’.
However, making significant changes to anyone’s sleep environment is challenging for them and likely to be met with protest. You’d probably be more than a little cross if I nipped into your bedroom and swapped your pillow for a completely different one!
Children are the same, so your child will probably protest in the short run about the changes that you will need to make to solve their sleep problems. Most children protest by crying, so I cannot promise that your child will not cry. What I can promise is that I will not ask you to leave your child alone to cry for long periods, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries should they continue while they are learning this new skill if this is something that worries you.
My methods are so effective because I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to develop a Sleep Plan that you can stick to, this minimises the overall amount of crying. My clients are often surprised at how easily their child learns these new skills.
Read what my clients have said about teaching their children to sleep using my methods – most will say it wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be and that they are delighted with the results.
So the bottom line is…
Yes, your child will probably cry, the crying is a protest to change, change is necessary to teach your child independent sleep skills. The crying is short lived but the sleep skills last a life-time!
All the methods that I teach to families are in line with the best practices recommended by The UK’s NHS, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Canadian Pediatric Society.
If you have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to book a FREE 20 minute consultation NOW.