As a busy mom, I know how important it is for everyone in the family to be well rested. This belief is what led me to my passion and profession to provide pediatric sleep consulting service in the Baton Rouge area. I am so honored to help so many families enjoy a quality nights sleep and to teach their child healthy sleep habits that will last a lifetime.
My gentle approach to sleep has helped over 200 families around the world regain their sleep. If you are struggling with sleep, send me a note to discuss how you can achieve healthy sleep for the whole family!
My Sleep Philosophy
I believe healthy sleep habits make for healthy children.
A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, and eager to learn. I am more interested in improving your child’s sleep than preaching a particular sleep philosophy.
When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep coach,” through one-on-one consultations, 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 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.
• I 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! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)
A little note about the “crying” question:
Since people always ask if I will have their child “cry it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
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 this 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 our work together is so effective is that it allows you to develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child, and my experience in this field.
If you have any questions at all about the sleep philosophy behind what I offer, please don’t hesitate to ask!
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CONSULTATION?
It’s important when implementing new changes that there be consistency and a unified front. When booking your consultation look at your calendar and find a time when you have at least 2 weeks of “normal” activity in your schedule (no vacations, overnights, travel). During the consultation, we will look at your child’s current sleep situation and family lifestyle. We will review your questionnaire and discuss how to approach bedtime, night waking and naps by addressing the current issues you are experiencing. I will teach you about how sleep works and how to respond in a way that supports your child’s needs but encourages independence. Together we will discuss all of your questions and concerns to ensure you are confident with the sleep changes we will implement.
Having real-time support, from a dedicated sleep professional, we can ensure your child reaches success with their customized sleep plan and that you feel supported through every step.
I’M NOT LOCATED IN YOUR AREA, CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?
Absolutely! If you happen to live in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas and prefer to have an in-home consultation we can accommodate you. However, I have worked with parents all over the world with whom I see the same level of success with. Although I would love to meet all my clients face-to-face, we can meet via phone, video and email.
WILL YOU SPEND THE NIGHT AND HELP IMPLEMENT THE PLAN AT OUR HOUSE?
We offer different levels of support to suit the needs of your family, to help you see success. For those parents who are looking for a more individualized support option, the half night or full night consultation may be for you. If you live outside of the area, we offer text support options.
DO YOU USE THE “CRY-IT-OUT” METHOD?
No! Although there may be some crying involved, I will not ask you to leave your child alone in their crib without interaction. We offer a range of methods to help teach your child the skills to sleep well, all of which are gentle and age appropriate. The good news is that when done right, crying is minimized and success is achieved.
WILL THIS WORK IF I BREASTFEED?
Absolutely! I work with many breastfeeding moms that see amazing success. As a breastfeeding mom myself, who successfully nursed for 18 months, I can assure you that sleeping well and a healthy nursing relationship are possible! Every family’s needs are different and we customize your child’s sleep plan to suit the needs of you and your child.