A: Not only will you have my support as you teach your baby to sleep through the night, I will provide you with the strategies and tools to battle sleep issues and potential road blocks. The program is also catered and detailed specifically to your baby's sleep habits and needs, and it allows parents to choose one of two different approaches based on their child’s temperament and personality.
A: The Sleep Sense program is NOT another version of the Cry-It-Out (CIO) method, where you would leave the child in the crib and leave for good. That being said, you should make peace with the fact that your child will probably cry during the process. After all, babies can’t say things like “Hey, I actually preferred it when you were nursing me to sleep four times a night… Can we go back to that system?” Instead, they cry! The important thing to remember is that it's not the crying that will help your little one fall asleep- it's the self-soothing strategies that he will have an opportunity to develop in order to stop himself from crying.
That being said, letting a child cry alone in her room is more than some parents can bear. So here is my advice to those of you who are overwhelmed by the idea of leaving your child to cry alone in her crib: Feel free to stay in your child's room with her.
NOTE: If you already know that you simply cannot (or will not) tolerate ANY amount of crying (not even for a minute or two), then The Sleep Sense™ Program isn’t going to be right for you.
A: Absolutely! There is an entire section of The Sleep Sense Program dedicated to dealing with older children. And the good news is that, when you’re dealing with older children, you can make use of incentives like reward charts!
I've got good news. It’s a little more work (isn’t EVERYTHING when you have multiples?) but it’s 100% doable! I personally have twins, and they were sleep trained within 2 weeks-- and they had never slept for the first 5 years with sleep issues up every aisle. If mine can, yours can!
A: Yes. If you’re sharing a room with your child, a great strategy is to set up a partition or divider of some kind between you and your child for the first little while. (This can be as simple as hanging a sheet over a clothesline.)
Once your child is sleeping well through the night, you can remove the divider (if you choose).
It's tremendously important that children learn to sleep well. It's important for children to understand that they have the power to resolve their own sleep needs. It's important that children learn to understand what "tired" feels like and connect the fact that sleep is the only way to make those tired feelings go away. It is important for your child not to have anxiety or fear going to bed.
Change is hard work. Changing your child's sleep habits will most likely be met some some protest. The best, quickest, and most effective way to teach her how to sleep through the night is to let her figure it out on her own. Infants and toddlers are capable of learning only what we teach them. So the sooner you get started, the sooner everyone will be sleeping through the night.
So let's get sleeping...