Sweet Slumber: A Baby Sleep Coach that helps moms all over the world!

Common Questions

Sweet Slumber in Cedar Rapids, Baby Sleep Consultant, Baby Sleep Coach, help baby sleep at night

Does this program encourage "Crying it out"?

I am completely against "Crying it Out" techniques.  I teach parents with new babies how to help their babies fall asleep on their own, with an emphasis on gentleness and avoiding stress. We use my "Sleep Ride" technique to help develop trust and security; once a baby becomes agitated and upset, the work stops and baby is comforted.  One of the biggest changes I help moms make is not nursing their babies to sleep; nursing can still happen before naps and bedtime.  Sleeping through the night will happen naturally as baby's night time sleep stretches longer and longer each week.  With that being said, some babies cry before they fall asleep. I have cared for children that cried for 5-10 minutes before falling asleep at nap time, every day.  I believe it's important to be sensitive and kind.  When it comes to changing baby sleep habits, it is important to comfort and help a baby avoid feeling stressed out or worked up, and that is an art that I will teach you.  I will be aware of how you feel, too.  I understand that it's important to take things slowly, so that everyone is comfortable and so that baby builds long term habits.  

Will I still be able to nurse and will my milk supply be affected?

Yes, you can nurse your baby.  You do not have to change to formula.  Of course, your milk supply will be affected as your baby sleeps longer at night.  But, your body will adjust..  Sleeping through the night doesn't usually affect milk supply.  When your baby sleeps through the night, he/she will eat more during the day and the increased demand will produce more milk at the right time.  The quality of your milk improves when you follow a consistent schedule.  Sometimes breast fed babies sleep for a shorter period at night than formula fed babies do.  For example a breastfed baby may sleep for 9-10 hour stretches, while a formula fed baby may sleep 11-12 hour stretches.  

Do you guarantee your work?

I do not offer a guarantee to my clients for a few reasons.  I have an amazing track record!  I offer training and guidance for you and your baby, and then it is up to you to follow through and be consistent in using these tools.  I want to see you reach your goals and be successful, so I offer follow up text and email assistance to my clients.  Clients receive 1 week after 4 hr consultations, or 31 days of support after a program.  Babies are unpredictable!  They have growth spurts, they get sick and they go through teething.  I want to help you through those bumps in the road.  If you get off track, you can schedule an appointment with me for a short follow up consultation to do problem solving.  I do allow my clients to transfer their unused sessions (which rarely happens) to their friends.  I also offer past clients basic monthly support through text and email after the 31 day period for $60 a month.

What if I need help later on?

I will continue to support you if you have problems or questions when I am done working with your family.  I will be available by text late at night.  Please text me or email me and I will get back to you and help you.  I want you to succeed and I am excited to see your child thrive.  I can offer support for 1 week after a 4 hours consultation or for 1 month after your child is in one of the other programs.   If your child reverts back to past habits, it may become necessary for you to hire me for 1 to 4 hours of consultations. I offer past clients basic monthly support through text and email after the 31 day period for $60 a month.

How long does sleeping through the night take?

We can start working on sleep habits as early as the baby is born.  We will start out with simple, little things to focus on in the beginning.  At 1 month, the routine can begin.  Infants should sleep 8-12 hours through the night between 8-16 weeks old, through my program.  It may take longer for some children, but by 4-5 months old you should have a well rested baby.  If the program is followed correctly and baby is healthy, your baby's nights will stretch gradually.  I will give you tips on how to avoid night-time conflicts and sleep interruptions in baby's new sleep patterns.  If your baby takes longer to sleep 8-10 hours at night, be patient and give the program some time.  Only a small percentage of children take longer than 4-5 months.  For babies that are older than 8 weeks, it should take 1-4 weeks after you follow the routine for your baby to sleep 8 hours or more.  Sometimes breastfed babies sleep for 9-10 hours maximum, while formula fed babies sleep for 11-12 hours.

More FAQs

Sweet Slumber in Cedar Rapids, Baby Sleep Consultant, Baby Sleep Coach, help baby sleep at night

Why should I help my baby learn to fall asleep on his/her own?

There is nothing wrong with nursing or rocking your baby to sleep and sometimes you just want to snuggle them longer.  That's fine!  It's important to give your child a chance to learn how to fall asleep on his own, too.  It will help him be able to go back to sleep smoothly, when he doesn't need food.  It will also help him learn to feel secure, be trusting, and be able to relax.  Babies advance quickly in almost every other form of development.  When it comes to sleep, babies will fall into a natural rhythm of napping and night time sleep, with just a little guidance from mom and dad.  It's amazing to see how easily infants can gain these skills- and it's so good for them, too!  

How can a young baby sleep through the night without eating?

I believe that with adequate rest and nutrition during the day, combined with fair health conditions and a healthy weight, an 8-12 week old baby should have the ability to sleep through the night. When I begin working with a client, I depend on the doctor's feedback about baby's growth and development and look into other details.  I ask specific questions about the baby's feeding habits and history, make sure the baby is getting the right quantity and quality of nutrition, then I help the mom with the other pieces of the puzzle that help extend the length of night sleep naturally.  I have witnessed this process succeed, time and time again, through my work and previous experience!  I always encourage my clients to rely on their family physician to monitor diet and nutrition according to recommended guidelines.

What can you offer me that others can't offer, or that I can't do myself?

First, I am completely focused on gentle, kind techniques to help your child build skills and feel secure and at peace.  I have created my own techniques, and they are very effective!

I believe that my experience from running a daycare, being a nanny, and my role as a mother of 5 is an invaluable resource.  I am sensitive to mothers' and children's needs and feelings.  Many moms want a gentle approach, a comforting, non-judgmental style and a cheerleader.  I know how to do this while being honest and upfront, and leaving the decision making to you.  I am the coach you need!  I know how enjoyable and precious the first years of a child's life can be, and I hold some of the most vital keys to making it the most joyful experience possible.  I also know that most people don't have a lot of extra money laying around.  I support and train families efficiently at an affordable rate, while offering follow up support.  I know that my prices are fairly priced for the number of hours I extend to my clients.  I offer a lot of "hands on" help and follow up support compared to other sleep coaches (I offer multiple hour programs speaking to my clients one on one, and free 1 week-31 days of support), insuring long term success.  I have been called a "Baby Whisperer" because I connect with babies easily and help families navigate this process in a carefree manner.  I have developed natural instincts, knowledge, and skills that will help guide your baby to optimal development and fantastic sleep habits.  I will teach you what to do and what works, leaving you more confident than ever!  

My "Sleep Ride" technique is one of a kind, created and developed over the years as I worked with my daycare children, and others.  It is gentle, kind, promotes progress, and thrives on subtle changes, patience, and compassion.  I encourage parents to follow their instincts, but I also leave clear directions for them from day to day, based on each child's needs, personality and what their reactions are.  This technique propels the development of necessary skills: such as the beginnings of security, trust for caregivers, the reception of comfort, and the discovery of inner peace.  The "Sleep Ride" technique is meant to be short term and problem solving.  Once the process is finished, the baby will be easier to lay down to sleep, and will sleep deeper.  He will wake during transitions less often, fall back to sleep easily and lengthen his night sleep and nap times.  

Doesn't this sound like a dream?!  

What are the advantages to having a well rested baby?

Babies develop the most as they sleep.  They unclutter their brains from the busyness of the day and from stressors, and then reset for the next day when they dream at night.  They take breaks from discovery and stimulation during their naps, so they can recharge, grow and absorb nutrition. Adequate rest helps them feel calm and peaceful, and gives them a pleasant temperament.  Sleep really does beget sleep.  The more they sleep, the better they sleep!  As for long term affects, they need good sleep habits for life so they can be great students and healthy kids!  

If your baby is a good sleeper for both day and night, it will give you time and energy to build other relationships in your family and leave you feeling more balanced.  You have physical and mental needs that can only be filled through a good night's sleep!  Helping your child learn proper sleep habits will help you feel your best, too.  Parenthood can be very rewarding!  But sleep patterns will make it or break it.  If they don't snooze, you lose!

What is the difference between your 3 hour consultations and your programs?

It is important to me to be able to help as many families in need, as possible.  I offer different consulting rates so that I can help people on a smaller budget, help people get to know me, and to help with simple challenges.  I don’t spend extra time during my consultations planning or doing paperwork.  I get right to work teaching and helping parents while they take care of the baby/toddler.  

During my  programs, I speak with clients ahead of time, go over family info, and make a customized plan.  Once a program begins, I make adjustments to the plan as needed, and help parents care for and change baby's routine and sleep habits similar to my mini consultations.  We plan to work together for many hours, making sure that the baby is adjusting well, that parents feel confident, and changes are rolling forward securely before a parent works alone.  Parents help decide when they feel ready for the program to end.  These hours cover in home visits or FaceTime calls, phone usage, and email between myself and the clients.  I track daily activities and the schedule, and write/give follow up directions to the parents for future reference.  I also offer a free 1 hour initial meeting and 31 days of email, phone and text support.  The added support will truly help you succeed!