Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Sleep Consultant?
A Sleep Consultant is someone who is knowledgeable and well versed in the field of sleep. They are able to provide a plan and guidance to aid you through sleep challenges. Unless they have other education or designations, Sleep Consultants are not medical professionals.
Will sleep coaching work?
Consistency is key when trying to develop a new habit for adults and the same is true for children. Working with a Sleep Consultant is a team approach. We will provide you with the plan, the information, and the support however you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to the application.
If you stay true to the plan and consistent in the approach you will see results. The key is to continue being consistent on an ongoing basis even after our work together has come to an end.
Children thrive on routine and knowing what to expect. If you start to bend the rules shortly after you see progress, all the work your child has put in will begin to unravel. Continue being consistent and you will continue to see results. Should you bump into a roadblock – we are always here for you.
I do not want to sleep train , can you still help me?
You are in luck! We do NOT use sleep training methods! There are many ways to encourage your baby to sleep and ultimately it will depend on what your goal is for your family. Quiet Moments has a holistic approach to sleep as outlined on our website. In some simple situations, just a few small changes can result in beautiful and peaceful sleep.
Will my baby cry a lot?
Not only do we value your child’s emotional wellbeing but we also value yours. We know how difficult it is to suffer sleep deprivation and we also know how heart wrenching it is to listen to your baby’s cries.
Learning new sleep habits is a change and some babies always cry with change. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful. However, we want to be clear that we work within your comfort level and use gentle methods. You will be there with your child supporting them the entire time.
How long is this going to take?
Since we do not use controlled crying or behavioral methods, progress may take a little more time. This is also why the only full service sleep package we offer is 4 weeks in duration.
Every child is different however with the right plan, teamwork ,and consistency you should be seeing progress within the first week. Children develop dramatically and change quickly. The first year is full of big changes both physically and mentally. Your little one may be sleeping well and then not so well 2 months later. This can happen for many reasons including major developmental milestones, illness, growth spurt, or teething pain. As long as you continue to apply the techniques you will learn and remain consistent then your child will sleep. If you find that you need a little more help down the road - we will always be here for you.
Do I have to stay home during the whole training time?
It is best that you clear your schedule for the first 2-3 weeks of coaching. Consistency and familiarity will be key in your child’s sleep success. As such, we recommend that you begin working with us at a time where you are able to be home to fully support your child’s journey.
How old is old enough for sleep coaching?
There are big changes happening during the fourth month and as such some parents choose to wait closer to 5 or 6 months of age. Some parents wait even longer and that is also okay. We are here whenever you are ready. Behavioral methods are not recommended for children under 6 months of age - and we don't use them.
As previously mentioned we do use gentle methods however your child has to be physiologically ready for change. This is where speaking with us is best. If you are concerned or curious as to when your child is ready we can help with that. Also, it is important to ensure your child is in good health prior to starting sleep coaching so a chat with your physician is always a good idea, especially if your baby was born premature.