The methods we use have been created, by Sleep Sense and the Children’s Sleep Charity, out of strong beliefs that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. Sleep is incredibly vital for their development, health and general well being.
When parents entrust us to guide their little ones towards independent sleep habits, either through one-on-one consultations or seminars, they are placing a great deal of trust in us, and we want to let you know that we take this responsibility very seriously.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”) our methods place emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child!
Our approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
- We will 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.
- We will 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. We encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customise his or her sleep plan.
- We will 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! We’ll tell you what you should expect along the way.
A little note about the “crying” question – as people regularly ask us about whether our solutions involve “crying it out,” we think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
Crying is your child’s way of protesting, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why we’re always sure to tell parents that our program will probably involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that we will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will we ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that what we do 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 the methods we use, please don’t hesitate to ask! We can be reached by email at Jenna@littledreamsconsulting.com or Fay@littledreamsconsulting.com or by telephone on 07572 309404 or 07940 378232
Jenna and Fay
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If you're not sure if a consultation is right for you, or if you have any questions at all about what's included or how it works, we'd like to invite you to take advantage of a FREE 15-minute telephone. Just book a time.. This will give us the chance to chat a little bit about your child's unique situation, and decide together if a full consultation is the right solution for your family. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you solve your child's sleep problems!