Frequently Asked Questions
What is "sleep training"?
Many adults don't realize that learning to fall asleep and stay asleep is a skill, and like most skills it needs to be taught. Simply put, sleep training is a way of teaching children how to fall asleep independently. This is also helpful in connecting sleep cycles to lengthen naps and introduce longer stretches overnight.
What Does Your Consultation Call Entail?
I offer a complimentary call, up to 30 minutes, to get to know more about your current situation. On this call I'll explain what it would look like if we worked together and give you a chance to decide if sleep training seems like a good fit for your family.
Which sleep training method do you teach?
In my opinion, there is no one size fits all approach to sleep training. I am skilled in several different methods and take a very "client led" approach to help each family come up with a plan that feels best for them.
What age can I start sleep training?
I typically suggest waiting until at least six weeks to get started, mostly to give parents time to adjust and settle in. However, it's never too early to begin teaching healthy sleep habits and establishing routines. As far as a more formal sleep training, between 16-20 weeks is a great time to start!
Will I have to let my baby "cry it out"?
Extinction method, also known as "cry is out," is just one form of sleep training, and it's certainly not for everyone. Rest assured there are several gentle sleep training techniques too.
Do formula fed babies sleep better than breastfed babies?
It is important to understand that sleep training is not the same as night weaning and a child can learn independent sleep skills regardless of how they are being fed. However, babies do require a certain amount of calories in a 24 hour period, which means they may still wake up at night to eat. The benefit being a baby who has the skills to fall asleep independently will go right back down after their middle of the night feed. Typically by six months of age most babies are capable of making the overnight stretch.
Is my child too old to sleep train?
No! It is never too late to sleep train a child. As children get older they will become more involved in the process and you will incorporate different techniques, but you will achieve the same results.