My Sleep Sense Philosophy:
Sleep is so important for parents and their children, which is why I am passionate about helping to improve sleep outcomes. Lack of sleep can impact a person's everyday activities, health, happiness, and overall quality of life. Once sleep is restored, the rewards are numerous - not the least of which are that parents can enjoy their children more, relationships improve, and families are stronger and better functioning. I chose to be trained by Dana Obleman of the Sleep Sense™ program because Sleep Sense does not fit neatly into one narrow “box” when it comes to parenting style or sleep philosophy. As your Northern Virginia sleep coach, I will learn about your parenting style and your baby's unique personality so we can come up with the best plan for you and your family!
When parents choose me as their child’s sleep consultant, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously. My goal is to empower parents and impart them with the skills and strategies to instill healthy sleep habits in their babies - an investment that continues to pay off well beyond infancy and into childhood.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep problems take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on the subject. That’s why, as a Sleep Sense™ Consultant, I’ve been trained to take into consideration a variety of parenting styles and needs.
How does sleep consulting work?
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)
A Note About Crying...
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some 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 the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.
If you have any questions at all about the philosophy behind the Sleep Sense™ Method, please don’t hesitate to ask!