I was hand picked from many applicants throughout the world by Dana Obelman (she created the Sleep Sense Program). I attended an extensive training program in Sarasota, Florida, followed by a 3 month mentorship with Dana herself. I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 2009, and have current work experience in Pediatric Oncology. In saying all that, my number one qualification is that I am also a mother. I offer evidenced-based knowledge and an empathetic approach to all my families that I am fortunate enough to work with.
What method do you use?
When encouraging independent sleep solutions, it is not black or white, or a "one size fits all" kind of deal. There are many different methods of sleep education, and I find the one that is best suited for you and your little one. I will never ask you to do anything that you are not comfortable with, and work on solutions that offer result.
Will my little one cry?
Short answer is - Yes. All and any change is hard, even for adults. The difference is that it really isn't socially acceptable for us as adults to cry and protest about it (although this isn't always the case). The crying that happens is simply a protest to the change in their routine. I will never ask you to leave your little one to cry it out, and actually encourage that you offer comfort during this period of transition.
Will you ask me to stop breastfeeding/bottle feeding?
Absolutely not. I encourage mom's to breastfeed/bottle feed as long as they like. Offering feeds is such a special bonding moment between parents and their children. If you are struggling with feeding times, I am happy to incorporate that into your daily routine as well. Night feeds are a completely different story, and we will discuss what is acceptable for you and your little one. Remember, this is not a "one size fits all approach."
If my child has a medical condition, can I still utilize your services?
Absolutely. I do like to ensure that your pediatrician is on board with moving forward with a sleep plan. This is why the free sleep evaluation is so important, this way we can discuss your special circumstances and find a solution best suited to you and your little ones needs. With my health care background, I have many resources available to me to help establish healthy sleep hygiene for your sweet little one.
My child shares a room with me/sibling, is it still possible to sleep train?
Of course!! There are several strategies that we can implement to make this a successful transition for all family members involved.