FAQ

Welcome to the Seaside Sleep Consulting FAQ Page

Have questions about what we do, who we are and how we can help your family catch the “sleep wave”? Well, you are in luck because we have the answers right here on our Frequently Asked Questions page! Don’t see the answer to what you are looking for? Contact us and we will be more than happy to answer your questions about sleep consulting services with Seaside Sleep Consulting.

What sleep issues can you help my child resolve?


As a certified child sleep consultant, I can help you resolve the following issues:

  • Initial sleep education for expectant/new parents
  • Creating healthy sleep habits that will lay a great foundation for future formal sleep shaping
  • Creating age appropriate sleep schedules & routines
  • Creating an appropriate sleep environment
  • Adopting and implementing a sleep shaping method
  • Managing sleep shaping with multiples
  • Co-sleeping
  • Night wakings & early wake times
  • Short naps & nap transitions
  • Dropping night time feedings
  • Sleep disruptions caused by age milestones (teething, growth spurt, nap changes, etc.)
  • Sleep disruptions caused by travel, holidays and time changes
  • Transitioning to a crib or a bed
  • Toddlers who crawl out of their cribs or won’t stay in their own bed
  • Children with special needs & sleep issues

This is not an all-inclusive list, contact me with additional questions!

What sleep training methods do you use?


I am trained in a variety of methods. However, I take a holistic approach when suggesting a method or intervention that would be best for a client family. It’s my job to educate families on the biology of sleep, proper sleep hygiene, how developmental stages affect sleep and when appropriate interventions can help babies sleep more consistently so that mom and baby are better rested. Ultimately, it is about matching the approach to the clients parenting philosophy & lifestyle as well as the sleep temperament of the child. Interventions range from very gradual/more parental presence to less gradual/less parental presence. Some methods that parents choose, include Pick Up/Put Down method, Chair Method, Check & Console, Graduated Extinction, and Extinction. Regardless of the method chosen, they are all successful if parents are consistent in their implementation.

Will my child have to cry it out?


Oh how I hate the term “cry it out”! Please know that I will never ask you to choose a method that makes you feel uncomfortable. There are a variety of methods we can try and we can discuss those as they relate to your situation. I cannot guarantee that there will never be any crying. A child may cry when you pull their hand away from a sharp object that could cut them, but that doesn’t mean you would let them touch it because they were crying. You do it to keep them safe. When a child realizes this, they stop crying. The same can be said for your child’s sleep. Your child may protest because a change has occurred that they are not used to, but protesting stops quickly once they are well rested and happy from sleeping so much better.

What age children do you work with?


I work with families with children from newborns to 5 yrs age. I even work with expecting families to provide education on setting a foundation for healthy sleep. Although formal sleep training is not recommended until 4 months of age, you can never start good habits too early. Healthy sleep habits can be taught at any age. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep!

How does the process work?


You can schedule your consult directly from the Sleep Services page.  After purchasing your package, you will be asked to complete the intake form.  The intake form must be completed within 24 hours of your scheduled consult as we will use the intake form to guide most of our discussion. Within 24-48 hours of your consultation, I will send you a written plan and we will establish a start date for you to implement your plan. Over the next two weeks, I will check in with you and give you further support as outlined in your package description. Hopefully we will have everyone sleeping better in no time!

How quickly should I expect to see results?


This depends on the age of your child and the issues they are having. If your child is young (under a year old) and you are consistent about the changes that need to be made, you may see results in as early as a one to two weeks. If your child is much older and you have been having sleep issues for quite some time, it may take up to two to three weeks to see a change. Consistency is very important when implementing sleep changes.