Establishing Early Sleep Rhythms
Private Coaching, 1:1 Consultations, Sleep Packages
Similar to establishing breastfeeding, your little one needs help to establish early sleep rhythms. Feeding patterns are directly related to sleep patterns and blending the two is an art. Understanding breastfeeding, the science of sleep, how sleep develops and evolves, what sleep associations are and when they form, early imprinting, sleep foundations and primitive reflexes, will help you make sense of the sleep process and prevent sleep challenges down the road.
Sleep Packages Include:
Initially getting to know each other! Finding a good parenting match and understanding the process is the first step.
Complete assessment and review of all intake forms. Investigation of any sleep barriers or road blocks with a detailed discussion of the plan of action.
Comprehensive sleep stratgegy sessions will address all aspects of early parenting (breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep, development and emotion)
Beyond the stretegy session the next coaching bundle includes three follow-up conversations for supporting the necessary changes.
Parenting is hard! It takes a village! Full coaching support is offered over three-weeks and includes unlimited texts/emails with 6hrs of phone support.
Comprehensive 1:1 coaching for three weeks covers all your sleep and parenting challeges:
Feeding routines, sleep routines, sleep structure, ideal rhythms, wake windows age by age
Bedtime challenges, sleep associations, patterns, emotional needs, responsive parenting
Sleep education and sleep science review, prevention of early rise, frequent night wakings, false starts
Balanced naps, extended naps, activity, sunlight, ideal sleep environments and more.
During the three weeks you will also receive the parenting package by email, this includes the puzzle peices for sleep. PDF lessons with links, u-tube vidoes, recommended reaading and more, for building stronger relationships with your child through sleep work.
Coaching Calls and Strategy Sessions
These can be booked at any time for a complete assessment and review of your child's sleep with supportive strategies to make the changes needed.
We will discuss establishing rhythms and routines, while following natural biorhythms, supporting baby emotion, encouraging responsive parenting, building trusting relationships and fostering deeper connections.
- Understanding why your baby's right brain dominance matters so much, and how to be more attuned to body language cues
- Co-regulation between the primary caregiver and baby, how to optimize this tool and use natures design the best way
- Understanding emotional development, knowing when to calm and soothe your baby and when to help them down-regulate
- Introduction to conscious parenting, mindful mothering and early emotional parenting practices to improve sleep for your baby or child
- Sleep science, rhythms, routines, patterns, environment, and the parents emotional well-being, the details and basics of sleep foundations
- Balancing nutrition and sleep, weaning strategies and options for managing night feeds at each age.
The Argument Against Extniction or CIO
The central nervous system remains immature and cannot regulate from distress. Trust in the world is imperative and the core-self is forming. All mammals are designed to seek close proximity to their primary caregiver for safety, especially during a time when their brain is developing an alarmingly fast rate. Breastfeeding must also be protected at all costs and always comes first. Although fed is best, we still want moms to have the option to breastfeed their babies without needing compromise nursing for sleep. Babies are very dependent on their mothers and sleep is a vulnerable state. Connection, trust and building emotional safety is our priority. Babies sense of danger when separated from their caregivers and respond by shuting down as a protective response to stress.
Independent sleep is a process that takes time and is directly related to development. If we were in living in "tribes," your baby would be sleeping beside you for a few years! In our culture, safe sleep practices are in place to provide close proximity without bedsharing. For many of us, we often need to make a change. Sleep is critical for parental health and work preformance. Making sure your baby gets enough quality, healthy sleep is always our focus and not all babies sleep well co-sleeping or room sharing. Some babies are active and overstimulated. By recognizing and respecting the emotional needs of your baby, making the changes that work for your family situation and adapting to todays ever changing world, we can carefully make the shift without using any form of sleep training.
The one hour newborn sleep session is the perfect solution for avoiding barriers that prevent blissful sleep. While learning the early sleep cues and emotional responses from an early age, you can prevent sleep challenges down the road! If your baby is at least 5.5 months old and having frequent night wakings, difficulty settling, short naps, early risings, split nights or rocky starts, you can begin the process of sleep coaching by shifting the comfort zone and supporting emotion in arms.
Encouraging your baby to self-settle from a state of calm is not the same as "sleep training." You will not be leaving your baby to cry alone, I do not promote emotional isolation. The term self-soothing implies that baby can down-regulate emotion from a state of stress or hysterics, this is not my belief and as such, the term self-settling is used to describe natural self regulating patterns from a state of calm not stress. A baby who remains calm after you leave them, and can surrender to sleep is a baby who feels safe and secure in their environment. This takes time to achieve but is absolutely possible!
The sleep process involves guiding, helping, supporting and respecting the baby's limits. You will first balance the foundations and build up the underlying components that support sleep, work on emotional synchronization with awareness, self reflection, pause, patience, compassion, empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of the emotional mirror through conscious parenting. Lastly, you will watch your baby for cues that indicate readiness for independent sleep.
Sleep science gives us many clues and provides an excellent foundation for sleep structure at each stage of development, understanding the chemistry behind sleep and the basics of sleep drive and circadian rhythm will help you meet your baby’s needs more effectively. Looking at all factors that contribute to sleep, is imperative to long term success. Balancing nutrition, emotion and activity can go along way! Education on the biology of sleep, wake windows, temperament and developmental markers are also important before removing any sleep association. Positive affirmation and emotional connection is imperative for long term success.
" I will teach you how to identify your baby’s emotions, support them with empathy, use sleep science and manage nutrition to allow sleep to evolve. By understanding each developmental stage and remaining emotionally available, your baby will sleep without compromising other needs. The program is about educating parents from a holistic approach!"