Frequently Asked Questions
01 What is your experience? Are you certified?
My pediatric sleep knowledge comes from a combination of personal and professional experiences. Not only am I the mother to three children, ages 5, 4, and 2, whom all needed some level of sleep training, but I have also helped many families accomplish their sleep goals as a sleep coach since 2014.
I completed the Family Sleep Institute's Child Sleep Consultant certification course in 2015 and maintain my certification through continuing education credits that I earn annually.
02 What makes you different from other sleep consultants?
In addition to maintaining a pediatric sleep certification, I have 13 years of experience as a pediatric nurse, and a previous lactation counselor certification. I use the knowledge I've gained from all of these experiences, as well as my personal sleep training experiences, to develop a sleep plan with families that they are comfortable with. I provide education on sleep and the support and guidance that parents crave to help them reach their sleep goals.
03 What sleep philosophies do you follow?
I strongly believe that consistency is more important than the actual sleep philosophy you follow. That is why I use all sleep training methods and will never push a family to use one particular method over another, unless their parenting style or the temperament of their child pose a conflict.
04 Will my baby cry?
Unfortunately, there is always some level of crying during sleep training. Sleep training involves changing your child's routines around sleep. Since crying is how babies and young children communicate, they will cry to let you know they don't like the changes. However, I do my best to minimize the amount of crying through schedule adjustment, correcting sleep debt, and using gentle sleep training methods.
05 I'm ready to sleep! Where do I start?
If you're not sure which package is right for you:
1. Schedule your complimentary "Get to Know Me" call. Click on the schedule button on the home page or the Book Now button on the services page. This will take you to the online schedule page where you can pick the time that works best for you. During this call we will discuss your sleep concerns and sleep goals, and I will give you advice on which package will best help you achieve your goals.
2. You will then receive a confirmation notice with a link to my intake form. Complete this to provide me with a sleep history on your child.
3. If you are then ready to book, we can schedule during this call.
4. You will then receive a contract and invoice via email.
If you know which package you want:
1. You may book directly online by clicking "Book Now" via the Services page, or you may contact me via the Contact page. We will use your Intro call as an opportunity to review the process and make sure your questions have been answered.
2. You will receive an email with a link to my intake form. This form will give me specific sleep information/history on your child.
3. If you book online you will need to submit payment at that time. If you contact me directly and are ready to move forward we will schedule during your intro call. I will then send the contract and invoice to your email.
06 What should I do to prepare for the consult and sleep training?
Preparing for the consult:
Decide if you and your partner both want to be present for the consult (for scheduling purposes).
Does day or evening work better for both of you?
Will you consult when your child is awake or sleeping? Will there be interruptions? If so, it's best to consider having someone present to tend to your child so you can devote your attention to the consultation.
You may want to take notes during the consultation, but keep in mind that you will receive a written, fully detailed, sleep plan so note taking isn't necessary.
Preparing for sleep training:
You will be asked to start the sleep plan within one week of your consultation.
You will need to devote a minimum of 2 weeks to sleep training which includes providing a consistent sleep environment for your child. Please do not start a sleep plan if you will be traveling/taking a vacation within 2 weeks.
It is best to start a sleep plan when you will have off of work a few days (i.e. the weekend) or be free of important engagements.
House guests during sleep training are fine as long as you will be able to be consistent and follow through with your sleep plan.
07 Are your services guaranteed?
Accomplishing your sleep goals is about consistency and following through with the plan. I give you the tools and the guidance, but ultimately you have to do the work. It is for this reason that I do not guarantee my services. I can report, however, that all the parents who followed the sleep plan met their sleep goals.