The Sleep Sense™ Method
The Sleep Sense™ Method was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn.
When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep coach,” they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on this subject. That’s why the Sleep Sense™ Method places so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child.
Four Steps to Improving Your Child''s Sleep
A Short Note About Crying
Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I'd like to address it here.
My methods DO NOT include 'cry it out,' or extinction, where you essentially leave your child to cry without any form of comfort what so ever. However crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you should expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always honest and tell parents that making any changes will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part. How much crying is involved will depend on many factors.
Please understand though that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, or for longer than you are comfortable with, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets me develop a plan that is personalized for YOU and your child, based on your sleep goals for your child.