What is sleep training?
Simply put, sleep training, also called sleep teaching or sleep learning is the process of helping your infant, toddler or young child learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep. It improves the quality of sleep and results in having uninterrupted nights and good quality naps. Sleep through the night is life changing. Everyone in the household will be well rested.
Sleep is essential to the child’s development. Researches suggests that critical brain-development periods are dependent on adequate sleep. The best approach to sleep training is the approach that suits your child and is customized to your child’s needs. The most common feedback I get from the families I have worked with is “Our life has changed. Why haven’t we tried this sooner?”
When can I make sleep changes for my little one?
Most experts have agreed that most infants are ready for some sort of sleep training at 4 to 6 months.
How does the program work?
Before the consultation meeting or call:
I schedule a 15 minute call with parents. Purpose of this call is to find out more about the situation, take parents through the process and explain how I can help. It’s also to give parents the opportunity to ask all the questions they might have, to be able to make an informed decision accordingly.
During the program:
- Scheduling the 90 minute consultation call or meeting.
- Sending out the questionnaire to be completed by parents. This will be a comprehensive questionnaire about sleep habits, routines, developmental milestones and medical history. Having this information in advance helps me make the most of our time together.
- The consultation meeting/call: In a 90 minute consultation call/ meeting, we’ll be discussing the sleep plan that was prepared for your little one. The plan contains, specific strategies, troubleshoot possible problems, addressing bedtime, bedtime routines, night wakings, naps and any other specific issues you might be dealing with. We will discuss all of your questions and concerns. At the end of the call or meeting you will be picking the night you want to get the plan started. Last and most important! Imagine what it will feel like to sleep again!! Soon, you and your baby or older child will be getting a good night’s sleep!
- Follow up: This is a crucial part to the success of our journey together! This is where we can ensure the plan is working, make any recommendations of change while you implement the sleep plan. Our first call will follow the night you choose to implement the sleep plan. I will also be providing you with a link for an online sleep log that allows me to keep a careful eye on your little one’s progress and make any necessary changes promptly. The follow up starts from the day the sleep plan will start and will last for 2 or 3 weeks depending on the child’s age. I want to ensure I am supporting you as much as you need! You can email me/what’s app me as many questions as you have for two weeks beginning the day you implement the sleep plan.
Do you work with families who are not based in the UAE?
Absolutely! I extend my services to families all over the world. Thanks to technology! This is done using phone calls and video conferencing.
Can I breastfeed and sleep train?
Breastfeeding is an absolutely wonderful experience for both mother and baby, and I support it 100% and there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have both together. In fact most of my clients are breastfeeding.
What age groups do you work with?
5 months to 10 years of age.
Do you use cry it out method?
Crying out method has been defined as putting your little one in their crib and leave the room until they actually fall asleep. NO we don’t use this technique. We use gentle approaches that allow your child to learn independent sleep skills in a safe and reassuring environment. We believe that children have the right to feel safe and secure. We also believe that children have the right to express their confusion and disagreement. Children are very protective of their sleeping habits and any change will result in protest from their part. Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on their child’s part.
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