Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Answers to our Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! – This is an old settling technique that is based on closing the door on your little one for extended periods of time without intervention. It is not something that I am comfortable using in my practice. My methods are holistic, evidence based and researched and encourage in-room support throughout the transition to independent and healthy sleep habits taking into account your little one’s age and cognitive development.
If your little one becomes unwell during the process, then we would need to put your plan on hold until we felt they were medically ok to continue. Minor coughs and colds aren’t too much cause for concern and neither is teething.
Teething often gets a bad rap for poor sleeping patterns. As little one’s teeth for the first 2 years of their life, we don’t want to hold off improving their sleep until they have come through as we will never know when they will actually ready to pop.
Typically see significant improvements in the first 3-5 days of starting a new settling technique. It can take up to 14 days to make long-term changes for night sleep and around 2-3 weeks for day time sleep depending on the settling technique chosen and ability to wean off their external support. Each family is individual as are there goals. There is no set time frame to achieve sleep.
I am Adelaide based and offer in-home consultations within 20km of CBD, outside of this is on request and travel expenses may apply.
Yes, absolutely. I have worked with clients all over the world including America, London, Macau, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand – this is the beauty of technology. I believe the follow up support is key to long-term success rather than how the initial consultation is conducted. If you are committed and ready for change, than I will be your biggest cheerleader and support to achieve your goals to form healthy sleep habits.
All sleep consultations (full packages) offer personalised sleep assessments, comprehensive supporting documentation and between 1-2 weeks DAILY email and text support to help you navigate the road to better sleep with ongoing support, knowledge and empowerment.
In short, no. I do believe that there are times where our little one’s sleep may be unsettled due to growth spurts, learning new skills and sleep regressions (or as I like to refer to them “progressions”), but I don’t believe that these should have a significant impact when your little one has healthy sleep habits as their foundation for sleep. This allows you to confidently move through these with minor disruption and without weeks on end of “stormy periods” as a reason for ongoing poor sleep.
Definitely not!!! I am a big supporter in breastfeeding, having breastfed all my girls until 2+ years of age. I will always support you on your journey to better sleep regardless of how you choose to feed your little one. I do not believe that breastfed babies vs formula babies sleep has any real discrepancy in achieving better sleep and all the research and long-term studies support this stance.
Never! As a mum of 3 busy daughters, I understand that being home all the time isn’t always possible or sustainable. Whilst I do recommend restricting your commitments over the first two weeks whilst working on your little one’s sleep to gain consistency in our approach, we discuss how you can achieve naps on the go with flexibility and adaptation for long-term success. I strive for sleep to be 80/20, this means we can have our cake and eat a LITTLE too without ruining all our hard work and sleep foundations.
In all honesty yes, but this isn’t necessary a negative thing. Crying is they way a baby communicates, and as their safe space as parents and caregivers, we need to understand WHY our little one is crying, rather than just trying to stop it.
Babies will cry. They cry to let us know they are hungry, cold, hot, tired, hurt or just emotional. When we first make changes to their routine, crying is typically a side effect of that new change. However, when we work with you to have baby on a more predictable routine, they learn to settle and link sleep cycles independently, then this helps us to understand and work out why your little one is crying, and how we can best help them moving forward.
Crying is how our little one’s communicate. The crying itself, for reasonable periods, will not hurt or harm your little one. While your little one is learning to settle, some tears will occur. This is very different to extinction type methods, crying it out, or babies who are exposed to ongoing abuse or neglect in toxic circumstances over extended periods of time.
However, our aim is always work with you to reduce unnecessary tears. Did you know that little ones that are overtired on a consistent basis have higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline in their systems, which is not good for them, or you. Our number one goal is a happy, well-rested baby and mum, so the less tears, the better.