Your Compassionate Consultant for Pediatric Sleep in Denver!
What are your qualifications?
I was personally chosen to participate in a three-day intensive training program with three months of mentorship from one of the world’s leading child sleep experts. My methods are aligned with the best practices recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Continuing education is very important to me and I stay up to date on everything from reflux and infant digestion to safe sleeping practices and of course newborn, baby sleep & toddler sleep.
Can I continue breastfeeding while sleep training?
Of COURSE! I’m a huge fan of breastfeeding – it’s such a great bonding experience for you both, not to mention the health benefits!
I don’t focus on how you feed your child…just that he’s getting enough to eat and at the right times of day while you’re teaching him to sleep.
Can I co-sleep while sleep training?
No. When families are ready to stop co-sleeping because it’s not working for everyone (you, your husband and your baby), then that’s where I come in to get baby transitioned to the crib in his room. If putting a baby in their own room is just too hard or not an option due to space we can definitely work with room sharing, just not bed sharing.
Do you believe in cry-it-out?
In a word, no. I couldn’t do that with my child, and I wouldn’t ask you to do something I haven’t done myself!
That said, unfortunately, there will be some crying. If there was magic fairy dust to make it a cry free experience, I would gladly share it with you. Here’s the thing, babies are too young to use words and tell you they preferred falling asleep with the bottle (or on you, rocking, in the swing, etc.)
BUT that’s why you have me.
As a Denver sleep specialist, I can optimize his schedule and choose the best method for YOUR child to minimize the crying as much as possible.
And you’ll be in the room comforting and teaching him how to do it on his own – so you’re not leaving him alone all night.
Remember that once babies learn how to fall asleep on their own – which can happen pretty quickly – the crying goes away!
We both work full time – how will that work?
I always suggest starting over a long weekend. If you can take off a Friday and your husband can take off a Monday (or you can work from home) – that’s ideal. Having 4 days to follow the plan before handing things over to daycare will help a lot.
If you have a nanny in your home, it isn’t as big of an issue to take time off because presumably, your nanny will follow the plan as you would have.
I will also be giving you tips on working with daycare and how to prep your nanny!
My baby has reflux. Can I sleep train him right now?
Yes, as long as his symptoms are under control and he’s comfortable.
I’ve worked with lots of babies with reflux and can share some tips and tricks that have worked well for other families.
Do you offer payment plans?
No. My policy is to get payment in full at the time of the consultation. I’m happy to invoice you in installments prior to our consultation, but again, complete payment must be received by the time we have our consult.
Which day of the week is best to start Night 1?
What’s the worst day to start?
Thursday night works really well for most families! You can get into the groove of your plan before the weekend starts. Friday night is a close second.
I don’t encourage families to start on a Saturday night because Sundays are a family day for me and I don’t do calls and email – and I wouldn’t want to leave you hanging if you have any questions about Night 1!
I don’t live in the Denver area – can we still work together?
What is the difference between a sleep consultant and a night nurse?
A night nurse comes in to provide sleep to the parents through nighttime interaction with baby. Often, night nurses will do everything possible to get and keep your baby sleeping such as feedings, rocking, bouncing etc. When the night nurse is done, you are still left with a baby who doesn’t sleep well.
As a sleep consultant, I come in and teach you, the parent, how to teach your child the skills of sleep for the long term. You get to experience the benefits of teaching your child to sleep for years to come!