FAQ

Do you do CIO (Cry it out)?

To me, CIO, implies to not have a plan but just putting your baby in bed and shutting the door to let them cry.

I do not agree with that.

Sleep is a skill to learn. I prefer to have a plan which helps and supports your child learn the skill of how to go from the awake state to the sleep state without assistance.

Will my baby cry?

Yes, there will be some crying. Some frustration will give each of us the desire to learn a new skill. Your baby will be frustrated that you are now asking the baby to get to sleep without your assistance. Give your baby the respect to express their frustration. Then your baby can begin to work at developing new skills. I do not want to waste any tears. I want to have all tears moving your baby toward learning.

What training have you had?

I am a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience with children.

I am a sleep consultant. I have studied with the Family Sleep Institute. I have studied the biology of sleep and sleep development, the research behind sleep training and the various methods.

I have taught my own six children and over 35 foster children healthy sleep habits.

What is your process?

My process with a client:
Go to my website: http://www.gentletouchsleeptime.com/contact-me/
Request a 15 minute “Get Acquainted” call to discuss your sleep situation and which package which be most helpful to you.
Go to: http://www.gentletouchsleeptime.com/sleep-packages/
Choose the package and click on “Buy”. You will then be sent a Paypal invoice.
After you have made the payment to Paypal, you will be sent several forms to fill out:

1. Consultation Contract
2. Family Contract
3. SIDS form
4. Intake form- to answer questions about your sleep situation and what your sleep goals are

After I receive your intake form back, I will review your intake form and then your consult will be scheduled.
During the consult I will talk about sleep as it relates to your child’s developmental age. I will talk about what is working with your sleep situation and what is not working and why. I will discuss the changes we can bring to your situation to improve sleep. I will discuss your sleep goals which you listed on the intake form. We will talk about the possible ways to reach those goals; the benefits and difficulties associated with each method. You will choose which of the options to use to help your child sleep. We will discuss the start date for the sleep plan.

I will send you the personalized sleep plan within 2 days. You will have 24 hours to review the plan and ask any questions. I will ask you to start keeping a sleep log of the times and length of sleep to send to me each day.
We will begin to implement the plan at bedtime of the agreed upon date. The sleep log should be returned to me between 8AM-3PM each day for the 14 days. I will review the sleep log daily and answer email questions. You have unlimited email and/or texting but I will respond no more than 2 times per day. A 15 minute follow-up phone support can be scheduled in advance when you choose.

There will be a reminder 24 hours prior to the ending of the contract to give you opportunity for questions. There will be an email wrap up of the consult. I will give tips to deal with the coming developmental sleep issues.
My goal is your success. I support and coach you to that success.

What if we are not successful?

Consistency is the key to success.If you are following the sleep plan but not seeing improvement after two weeks; I will keep working with you at no extra charge.

How long will it take my child to learn?

Every child is different. Some teaching methods are slower than others. It takes 2-3 weeks to build the new sleep skills your child has learned into a strong habit.

Why hire a sleep consultant?

You can read a lot of information and various opinions about how to help children sleep. What worked for someone else’s child, might not work for you.

It is confusing to know what is the best way for your child.

The best part is that a sleep consultant provides a live person to answer your questions and apply the correct help to your child. As a sleep consultant I keep you on track to reach success.

How old must my baby be to sleep train?

In the first 16 weeks you can set some good habits for your baby to make sleep training much easier. Major sleep development happens at 16 weeks. After 16 weeks your child is capable of learning the skill of getting to sleep without assistance.

Will my child outgrow their poor sleep and just learn how to do it on their own?

Occasionally a child will learn good sleep habits without assistance. Most children need help and guidance in learning the skill of sleep. You are helping your child set life long sleep habits. Make those habits healthy.

What happens if my child gets sick or is teething?

I will encourage you to meet the needs of your child. Training would pause for a sick child. We would try to get back on track as quickly as your child is able.

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